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Methadone Lawsuit

Methadone Lawsuit

Methadone is an opioid pain medication that can cause a life-threatening overdose or death in patients who take too much.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Methadone induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know had an accidental overdose of methadone, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

$1.9 Million Awarded in Methadone Overdose Lawsuit

In April 2012, a woman from Maine was awarded $1.9 million after a jury found her doctor liable for over-prescribing methadone and causing her overdose.

Charlene Whalen, 59, filed a lawsuit against Dr. Steven Weisberger after she accidentally overdosed on prescription methadone, stopped breathing in her sleep, and suffered brain damage from low oxygen.

What is Methadone?

Methadone is a medication that is used to treat severe pain and opiate drug addiction. Methadone is primarily used in rehabilitation facilities to treat people who are addicted to opiates. Methadone is an opiate that is similar to heroin in its effects, but longer-lasting. Users do not experience a “high” or the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms from other opiates.

Methadone Overdose

Like other opiates, methadone can be addictive when it is used continuously for more than a few days. The body gradually becomes tolerant and requires more methadone to experience the same pleasurable effects. The risk of overdose is low when methadone is given to a patient in controlled doses from a rehabilitation facility, but patients who use high doses of methadone can accidentally overdose.

Methadone Overdose Symptoms

    • Slow breathing
    • Shallow or stopped breathing
    • Excessive sleepiness
    • Loss of consciousness
    • Weak muscles
    • Pupils are pinpoints (small dark circles in the eyes)
    • Coma
    • Death

Methadone Lawsuits

If you or a loved one was prescribed methadone and experienced an accidental overdose, hospitalization, addiction, or other medical treatment, you could be eligible to file a methadone lawsuit. Our lawyers may be able to help you seek compensation for your injury.

Methadone Class Action Lawsuits & MDL

Pharmaceutical companies are facing hundreds of lawsuits from individuals who accidentally overdosed on opioids, as well as dozens of states and cities that have been forced to pay for the costs of dealing with the opioid epidemic in the U.S.

Because so many lawsuits have been filed, most of the cases have been centralized in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio under Judge Dan A. Polster in a Multi-District Litigation (MDL). The opioid MDL is like a class action, but each case is independent.

Do I have a Methadone Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Methadone induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know had an accidental overdose of methadone, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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