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Can I Pursue a Wrongful Death Claim for an Opioid Overdose?

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Joliet wrongful death lawyer opioidsNearly everyone has been personally affected in some way by the opioid problem that is going on in the U.S. Illinois is not exempt from the crisis, and according to the Illinois Department of Public Health, thousands of Illinois residents have died of opioid overdoses in the past decade. Although heroin is one common opioid, many people become addicted to legal prescription opioids, such as OxyContin and Vicodin. If you have lost a loved one to an overdose or a drug-related accident, you may be entitled to seek compensation from the responsible parties through a wrongful death lawsuit.

Who Can Be Held Responsible in a Drug-Related Death?

In some cases, surviving relatives may be able to file a claim against the person who provided their loved one with the drugs that killed him or her or led to his or her drug-related accidental death. A drug dealer on the street may come to mind, but the fact is, sometimes the one who provided the drugs may be a doctor. There have been quite a few high-profile cases in which families have chosen to sue a doctor, hospital, or pharmacy through which their relative was able to obtain the drugs that caused their death.

How Can Wrongful Death Be Proven?

In order to make a wrongful death claim, it must be proven that your loved one's death was caused by the actions of another party, whether their actions were intentional or not. In the case of an overdose, for example, there may be reason to believe that a doctor was at fault for the amount prescribed or a combination of drugs prescribed. In other cases, hospital staff may not have provided the proper care in a timely manner. There could be any number of scenarios in which a person's death could have been prevented had different actions been taken, and these are the cases in which families may be entitled to compensation.

How Much Is a Wrongful Death Case Worth?

Obviously, there are different dollar amounts put on different cases. By law, the financial compensation is meant to cover how much money the deceased person would have potentially made had he or she lived to a “normal” life expectancy, along with extra damages for emotional anguish caused to the family by the loss of their loved one.

Contact a Will County Personal Injury to Determine if You Have a Case

Tedone & Morton, P.C., has extensive experience handling wrongful death cases, and we are dedicated to helping those who have been harmed by someone's negligence receive the compensation that addresses the damages they have suffered. If you feel your family member has suffered a wrongful death due to the actions of another party, you should consult a knowledgeable Joliet wrongful death attorney who can help you sort through the facts surrounding your case. Call our office at 815-666-1285 to set up a free consultation.

Sources:

http://www.dph.illinois.gov/opioids/ilplan

https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/category/accidents_injuries_%28tort_law%29

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