A North Carolina medical malpractice attorney notes that a doctor was found liable for prescribing excessive amounts of opioid painkillers to one of his patients, who became addicted to the drugs and could easily have overdosed. Affected patients injured due to the fault of a healthcare provider may be able to pursue claims for compensation with the help of a North Carolina medical malpractice lawyer.
For more information, contact the Attorney Group for North Carolina today. Our consultations are free, confidential and without any obligation on your part. We can help answer your questions, and if you choose to pursue a claim we can connect you with an affiliated North Carolina medical malpractice attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
Plaintiff Allegedly Put at Risk for Fatal Overdose
A jury awarded a verdict of $17.6 million to a man who allegedly became addicted to painkillers after his doctor prescribed him overly large doses of opioids. According to a Fox News report, the man’s lawsuit alleged that he was taking nearly 40 opioid pills per day after five years of receiving prescriptions from his physician. Furthermore, during four of the five years that the physician prescribed the man drugs, the plaintiff received significantly more than the recommended daily limit.
Alarmingly, besides contributing to the plaintiff’s eventual painkiller addiction, these large dosages could have put the man at risk for a fatal overdose. As one of the plaintiff’s attorneys observes, hundreds of thousands of people seek emergency treatment each year for opioid overdoses or other complications stemming from these drugs. The man and his representatives hope that this verdict will prevent other patients from experiencing similar negligence in the prescription of highly addictive painkillers.
How a North Carolina Medical Malpractice Attorney Can Help
Patients who have been injured due to the fault of a healthcare provider may be entitled to compensation. Damages may include:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages
- Pain and Suffering
The families of those who have died may be eligible to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one.
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For more information, contact the Attorney Group for North Carolina. You can fill out the form on this page or contact us by phone or email.
After you contact us, an attorney will follow up to answer questions that you might have. There is no cost or obligation to speak with us, and any information you provide will be kept confidential.
Please note that the law limits the time you have to pursue a claim or file a lawsuit for an injury. If you think you have a case, you should not delay taking action.