Opioid Crisis Attorneys in Okemos
Lawyers Representing Individuals in Opioid Crisis Litigation
When Purdue Pharma advertised their products as safe and non-addictive, they knowingly put millions of lives in danger to increase their profits. The damage caused by the opioid crisis has affected countless families, claiming over 400,000 lives (as many American deaths in WWII). At White Law PLLC, we cannot stand by and wait for drug companies to be forthcoming and responsible—they've already shown that they won't do that. If you or a loved one were harmed due to unsafe drugs, get help from an Okemos opioid litigation attorney now.
Call (517) 316-1195 now or contact White Law PLLC online to schedule a consultation and get started on your case.
What Brought Us Here?
While all prescription drugs carry potential risks and side effects, drug companies are expected to disclose their research findings—even when it may not help them sell more products. Purdue Pharma, manufacturer of the famous OxyContin, failed to do that. Opioids were marketed throughout the country as a miracle painkiller that worked effectively without containing addictive properties.
Drug reps, doctors, and patients were given false promises that an opioid prescription would be a good thing; there wouldn't be any risks of long-term damage to their health. As we know, this was not true. Since that time, class action lawsuits have been filed throughout the country to penalize these manufacturers for their deeply unethical behavior.
If you were harmed because of opioid addiction, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Therapy costs for recovery
- Trauma caused by drug addiction
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Am I Eligible for Compensation?
Some people mistakenly view addiction as a choice, as though people choose a drug over their own free will. The truth is that addiction can happen to people who would never dream of taking recreational drugs. The lies told by drug manufacturers ruined the lives of millions of people because they mistakenly believed they wouldn't become like those other drug addicts they imagined. Being lied to about a drug constitutes a legal basis for you to obtain compensation.
Our brains have opioid receptors that, when working properly, help to regulate our nervous system. Addictive drugs cause these receptors to become flooded and overwhelmed, causing people to crave more of it after the effects wear off—resulting in sometimes fatal overdose attempts to find a place of comfort.
The opioid drug family includes:
Profits Over People
The history of opium abuse (of which opioids are derived) stretches back centuries ago, but they became less and less popular as doctors found other ways to manage pain. Instead, opioids were given to patients immediately after surgery and during palliative care. Sometime during the first decade of the 2000s, doctors began prescribing opioids for chronic pain, leading people who normally didn't abuse drugs to suddenly start needing endless refills at higher doses.
Drug manufacturers saw their profits skyrocketing, and they ignored the warning signs that their products were addictive and destructive to peoples' lives. Purdue Pharma even claimed that OxyContin reduced the likelihood of drug dependence! The statistics began catching up with them, though, and doctors fought back.
Opioids devastated millions of people throughout the country, causing:
- Nearly a quarter of Americans to struggle with opioid addiction
- Millions of people to request opioid prescriptions on false pretenses
- The gateway drug for 80 percent of heroin users
- A 200 percent increase in overdose deaths between 1999-2015
- A fourfold increase in overall opioid-related deaths
Why You Deserve Compensation
Healthcare costs aren't the only burden incurred by the opioid crisis. When a person becomes addicted to a drug, they can no longer sustain their life the way they used to, leading to unemployment, welfare assistance, addiction treatment, and court costs—all of which are likely to be funded by taxpayers. White Law PLLC believes in holding these people accountable for the damage they have caused.
White Law PLLC represents individual victims and their families for all that opioids have done to shatter families, whether that is:
- Divorce or loss of a relationship
- Loss of custody of children
- Loss of job
- Loss of homes
- All of the above
In 2019, Purdue Pharma filed for bankruptcy in hopes that they would be able to settle their lawsuits without having to lose out on profits. It is important that you cast your vote right away with others whose lives were derailed because of this drug company's greed.
Let White Law PLLC Represent You
Justice is our top priority. Our Okemos opioid crisis lawyers have helped clients just like you to obtain compensation for the devastation that can be caused by unethical business practices. We understand what it takes to hold drug manufacturers accountable and get you the full and fair compensation to which you are entitled. We are mass torts lawyers with experience getting results.
Led by White Law PLLC founder H. James (“Jamie”) White, White Law PLLC has been a part of historic litigation. Recently, our firm led efforts resulting in a $500,000,000 settlement with Michigan State University over the sexual abuse committed by Larry Nassar. We have partnered with industry experts across the country to assist you and your loved ones in the midst of the opioid crisis.
Call (517) 316-1195 now for a free case consultation.
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