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Opioid overdoses: They could lead to malpractice claims

When you or a loved one have to take pain medications, it's important that your medical team pays close attention to the medications you're taking and how they could affect you.

When your spouse was first prescribed opioids, you thought they were safe. Over time, he developed a tolerance, so his medical provider boosted his dosage. That tolerance turned into a dependency. Even when he didn't want to take the pills, he'd have withdrawal symptoms. The provider brushed him off, suggesting that opioids weren't addictive.

Now, years later, you know the truth. It was just a few months ago that your spouse had a fatal overdose, and you want to hold his provider accountable. He or she was the person who kept giving him higher dosages of these dangerous medications and acted like the withdrawal symptoms he had were all in his head.

Research has shown that opioid overprescribing is a contributing cause for the opioid epidemic today. Your loved one very well may have died from the medications that were once prescribed to help him cope with chronic pain. That false sense of security of being told that these medications weren't harmful may have been what killed him, though.

When you lose a loved one due to medical mistakes or misinformation, you may have a medical malpractice case

It is never easy to lose a loved one, but if they passed away as a result of medical errors, you need to know that you may be able to pursue a claim for their wrongful death. They never should have been put in the position that led to their overdose.

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