Irving, TX asked in Personal Injury for Alabama

Q: Are there grounds for an individual such as myself to sue a pharmaceutical manufacturer for opioid addiction?

In 2006-07 I had my wisdom teeth removed and became addicted to opioids. For the next 10+ years I began doctor shopping to acquire opioids. I've seen states and municipalities going after the pharmaceutical companies and was wondering if the people that it actually affected have any legal recourse.

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Mitchell G. Lattof Jr
Mitchell G. Lattof Jr
  • Mobile, AL
  • Licensed in Alabama

A: Possibly. There are a number of law firms around the country who have been investigating individual cases for persons affected by opioid addiction. At this point, I am unaware of any people who have actually received compensation for this. Various legal theories are being explored and it's not really clear at this point to what extent this type of case will be successful or what the ultimate criteria might be for a successful case. A simple Google search should identify law firms handling/exploring these types of cases and I would recommend that you begin by contacting one of them.

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