According to the New Mexico Department of Health, hundreds of people within the state die each year due to drug overdoses. While illegal substances, such as cocaine and heroin, remain a problem, the number one most dangerous drug by a considerable margin are prescription opioids. Roughly 50% of all overdose deaths in New Mexico in the last decade were caused by opioid prescriptions (the Albuquerque Journal has a relevant article posted here).
Not all opioid overdoses can be blamed on the person taking the medication. Many can be tied back to a doctor’s negligence when making the prescription. They may either prescribe too much, fail to recognize that the patient uses other medications that can trigger an adverse side effect, or prescribe so much opioids so frequently that addiction to the drug is nearly-guaranteed.
Did you become addicted to opioids prescribed by your doctor as painkiller medication? Did you overdose and request resuscitation? Has someone you loved passed away due to an opioid overdose? You can and should take legal action right away!
At the Law Office of James H. Wood PC, our Albuquerque medical malpractice lawyers can provide legal representation for people who have suffered due to an opioid overdose that should have been prevented by a doctor’s care. With more than 30 years of legal experience between our lawyers, we have the skills and the know-how to construct your case and seek proper compensation for your pain. Contact us today and tell us what happened to you during a free initial consultation.
An opioid overdose is a very real risk for anyone who takes the medication for chronic pain, or has found themselves dependent to it due to the addictive properties in such substances. Serious health hazards can occur even without overdose, however, making it questionable whenever a doctor prescribes an opioid to a patient.
Dangerous and common side effects of frequent opioid use include:
In the past, our Albuquerque personal injury attorneys have secured numerous victories for clients who have been hurt by doctors, hospitals, and other medical organizations. Let us bring our passion and experience to your case to help you find the compensation you need to recover from your opioid overdose. If you have become addicted to the substance, we can even pursue monies to pay for rehabilitation programs.
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