Our lawyers are filing lawsuits for people who were prescribed OxyContin (oxycodone) and suffered a severe side effect, hospitalization, or death as a result of an accidental overdose.
Need a Texas OxyContin Lawyer? Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping Texans that have been injured or wronged. If you or a loved one was injured or accidentally overdosed on OxyContin, you should contact our lawyers immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit.
OxyContin Overdose Deaths
In 2016, around 42,000 people in the U.S. died from an overdose of opioids like OxyContin. About 115 people die every day from opioid overdoses. The number of deaths from opioid overdoses was 5X higher in 2016 than in 1999, coinciding with a rapid increase in prescriptions for opioid medications like OxyContin.
How Addictive is OxyContin?
OxyContin is a powerful, long-acting opioid that provides pain relief for up to 12 hours. Initially, Purdue Pharma advertised that OxyContin was safer and less additive because of its time-release formulation.
However, when crushed, OxyContin pills would become a powder, allowing users to flood their bloodstream with its total narcotic effects all at once — essentially turning a “safe” medication into a highly-addictive drug.
In 2010, Purdue Pharma changed OxyContin so that it was impossible to crush into a powder. However, by that time, tens of thousands of people had become addicted or died as a result of accidentally overdosing on OxyContin.
What is the Problem?
OxyContin overdose lawsuits are filed on behalf of people who were injured or died. These lawsuits hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for creating the opioid crisis, alleging that drug-makers knowingly sold dangerous medications and ignored suspicious orders.
What is OxyContin?
OxyContin® (oxycodone) is a synthetic opioid medication that is prescribed by doctors for moderate-to-severe pain relief. Like heroin, OxyContin is highly addictive. Taking too much OxyContin can cause a user to overdose and suffer slow breathing, coma, or even death.
OxyContin Overdose Symptoms
- 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
$634 Million Settlement OxyContin Lawsuit
In 2007, Purdue Pharma pled guilty to misleading doctors about the Of the addictiveness of OxyContin and agreed to pay a $634 million fine. That fine includes about $130 million to pay claims from private OxyContin lawsuits. Even so, Purdue Continued to aggressively advertise OxyContin over the next decade. It was not until 2018 that Purdue agreed to stop advertising.
OxyContin Overdose Class Action Lawsuit
In an OxyContin class action lawsuit, a lot of people with similar legal claims would join together to seek compensation from the same pharmaceutical company. Another type of “class action” is called a Multi-District Litigation (MDL), but each lawsuit remains independent.
OxyContin Lawsuit Settlements & Compensation
If your OxyContin lawsuit is successful, you could receive financial compensation through a settlement or jury verdict in your favor.
The payout could potentially include money for hospitalization costs related to your OxyContin overdose, rehabilitation for addiction, ongoing medical bills, lost wages, or the death of a loved one.
Need an OxyContin Lawyer in Texas?
Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping Texans that have been injured or wronged.
Collen’s amazing success in the courtroom and well known dedication to his clients has earned him the recognition of his peers as one of The Top Trial Lawyers in Texas.”
The Clark Firm has assembled a team of trial lawyers with more than 100 years experience, participation in over 600 jury trials and $260 million in verdicts and/or settlements. Please use the form below to contact our Texas OxyContin lawyers for a free lawsuit review.