Many physicians freely prescribe opiate-based pain relievers such as OxyContin, Opana, Darvon and Demerol. Unfortunately, these drugs are highly addictive. If not carefully monitored, users can become physically dependent and suffer fatal overdoses.
If your loved one died from an overdose of a prescription painkiller that was prescribed by a doctor, you may have a legitimate claim for damages. At the medical malpractice law firm of Miller & Wagner, LLP, we offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case. With offices in Pacific City and Portland, our lawyers represent families throughout Oregon and Washington.
Narcotic Pain Relievers and Medical Malpractice
Physicians have a responsibility to identify drug-seeking behavior and to avoid prescribing narcotic drugs to addicted patients. Unfortunately, some doctors overprescribe opiate-based pain relievers. The following are examples of practices that may be considered malpractice:
- Distributing drugs that were originally dispensed to other patients
- Prescribing narcotic drugs without coordinating treatment with other doctors treating the patient
- Prescribing drugs without doing enough tests
- Prescribing drugs to an addicted patient
- Prescribing the wrong dose of a dangerous narcotic
Our Attorneys on Your Side
Dave Miller and Bob Wagner both began their legal careers as a defense lawyer for malpractice insurance companies. Their insights into the claim evaluation and investigation process from the defense side can give you an accurate idea of the strength and value of your case. They also have access to a wide network of outstanding medical experts — trusted professionals whose involvement with your case is indispensable to its success. In fact, Oregon and Washington doctors often call Miller & Wagner when they need advice about potential malpractice claims for their own family members and friends.
From our offices in Portland, our medical malpractice trial attorneys represent plaintiffs in medical negligence claims against physicians and health care providers throughout Oregon and Washington. For your convenience, we have a satellite office in Pacific City.