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OxyContin Lawsuit

OxyContin Lawsuit

OxyContin overdose lawsuits are being filed for individuals who were prescribed opioid painkillers and accidentally overdosed, became addicted, suffered severe side effects, or death.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting OxyContin induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know died or had an accidental overdose on OxyContin, 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.

OxyContin Overdose Deaths

The CDC estimates that 42,000 people in the U.S. died from accidental overdoses of prescription opioid painkiller in 2016.

How Addictive is OxyContin?

The “opioid epidemic” has been fueled by drugs like OxyContin, which were advertised as safer and less addictive than other painkillers. In reality, OxyContin could easily be crushed up into a powder that would produce powerful euphoric effects, leading some users to overdose.

In 2010, Purdue Pharma changed the formulation of OxyContin so that it could not be crushed up into a powder. Unfortunately, by that time, tens of thousands of lives had already been ruined by OxyContin addiction, accidental overdoses, and deaths of family members.

OxyContin Overdose Symptoms

  • Confusion
  • Frequent vomiting
  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Extreme sleepiness
  • Unable to wake up
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Breathing problems, including slowed or irregular breathing
  • No breathing
  • Cold, clammy skin
  • Blue skin around the lips or under the fingernails

OxyContin Lawsuits

OxyContin lawsuits accuse pharmaceutical companies, such as Purdue Pharma, of aggressively advertising OxyContin without adequate warnings about severe, life-threatening side effects. These drug-makers are accused of intentionally selling highly-addictive drugs, ignoring suspiciously large orders to pharmacies, and more.

What is OxyContin?

OxyContin® (oxycodone) is a pain-relieving medication manufactured by Purdue Pharma that has been sold in the U.S. since 1996. It was initially advertised as safer than other painkillers because it had a “time-release” feature when the pill was swallowed whole. However, like heroin, taking too much OxyContin can slow breathing or be fatal.

$634 Million OxyContin Settlement

In 2007, Purdue Pharma agreed to pay a a href=”https://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/10/business/11drug-web.html” target=”_blank”>$634 million fine and agreed to plead guilty to criminal charges of intentionally misleading doctors about the risk of addiction from OxyContin. The fine included $130 million to pay settlements for private individuals who filed OxyContin lawsuits.

OxyContin Overdose Class Action Lawsuit

There are many class action lawsuits against Purdue Pharma. These class actions are useful for consolidating a lot of similar legal claims. In another type of “class action,” known as a Multi-District Litigation (MDL), individual injury lawsuits are consolidated in one federal court.

OxyContin Lawsuit Settlements & Compensation

If your OxyContin overdose lawsuit is successful, you could receive compensation from a settlement or a jury verdict in a courtroom trial. The amount of financial compensation in the payout depends on many factors, but could potentially include hospitalization costs related to your overdose, addiction rehabilitation, lost wages, or wrongful death.

Do I have an OxyContin Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting OxyContin induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know died or had an accidental overdose on OxyContin, 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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