Since August of 2019, when an Oklahoma judge issued a landmark ruling against opioid manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson, large pharmaceutical companies have faced responsibility for their roles in the U.S. opioid epidemic.
Purdue Pharma, the creator of OxyContin, even filed bankruptcy as a result of ongoing opioid litigation, which, until now, has been largely led by state and local governments. As part of the company’s bankruptcy case, however, Americans who have faced opioid addiction or lost loved ones to fatal opioid overdoses will be able to file a claim against Purdue until June 30, 2020.
This is heartening news for everyday people, who have faced the devastating consequences of the opioid crisis firsthand.
Justice for Everyday Americans
One mother, for example, hopes to recover her savings, which were depleted in an effort to get her son clean after he was prescribed OxyContin during a series of surgeries in his teens. According to the woman, her son was prescribed a 30-day supply of opioid painkillers when he was 13-and 14-years old. The young man died from a heroin overdose at age 21, after years of rehab and relapses. Much of his treatment was funded by his mother. The woman stated:
“I spent my whole retirement. I probably spent almost $200,000 on rehab and doctors. I would like to get my retirement back; I’m not looking for this huge payoff.”
Similarly, those who have survived opioid addiction are seeking compensation from Purdue. One man, who fought tooth and nail for his 5 years of sobriety, wants to file suit and donate the funds to help other opioid addicts recover.
Unfortunately, these stories are not unusual. Opioids have been linked to over 400,000 deaths in the United States since 2000. Countless others have struggled with opioid addiction, and an estimated 500,000 children have been born in opioid withdrawal.
Consider Filing Your Claim Today
If you have become addicted to opiates or lost a loved one to opioid painkillers, you should speak to Attorney Brett Oppenheimer as soon as possible. Brett and others are considering assisting claimants through the process of filing claims in the Purdue Bankruptcy. Although the federal judge overseeing the company’s bankruptcy case requested claims related to Purdue products, specifically, many people were prescribed OxyContin or other harmful drugs without knowing it.
To find out whether Brett and his team will be able to help you, please contact Brett at (502) 242-8877 or request a free consultation online.
Remember: the deadline to file a claim against Purdue Pharma is June 30, 2020.