Medication Overdose Lawyers in Salt Lake City

  • While admitted to a hospital or recovering from a surgical procedure, it’s common for pain medications to be administered or prescribed to patients.
  • Sleeping pills are powerful pharmaceutical drugs prescribed to millions each year to help patients with insomnia and other sleep-related issues.
  • Prescription drugs are currently killing Utah residents at a rate of over 300 people per year.
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You probably never imagined you’d need a Salt Lake City personal injury lawyer. You probably didn’t expect your medical issue would result in a painful recovery process that could last months, skyrocketing medical bills, and lost wages from missing work. Chances are you believed your medical issue would be a straightforward legal matter with the insurance companies on your side. Don’t be so sure. Often, insurance companies try to keep payments to a minimum, leaving many people with thousands of dollars in medical bills they can’t afford to pay. Fortunately, the Law Offices of Peter W. Summerill’s experienced trial attorneys know how to aggressively fight the adjusters, statisticians, risk managers, and attorneys working for the insurance company to minimize your compensation.
At the Law Offices of Peter W. Summerill, our team of experienced trial lawyers knows how to hold negligent parties responsible for their actions. We relentlessly search for evidence and interview witnesses. We regularly pore over medical records and consult experts. We know how to play hardball with the insurance companies who want to keep money in their own pockets – and out of yours. When you did nothing to cause your accident, you deserve to be compensated. Contact us at (877) 359-8400 for a free case consultation. You pay nothing until we obtain a favorable verdict or settlement on your behalf.

Types of Medication Overdose Claims

Pain Medication Overdose

While admitted to a hospital or recovering from a surgical procedure, it’s common for pain medications to be administered or prescribed to patients. However, even when used as prescribed, these powerful medications can cause serious and potentially life-threatening complications. That’s because powerful pain medications can lower a patient’s breathing rate, lead to repository depression, and even lead to respiratory arrest, a condition that can turn fatal if not treated quickly. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed due to a painkiller overdose, you may have grounds to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. Contact an experienced, Salt Lake City attorney at the Law Offices of Peter W. Summerill immediately.
A pain medication overdose can occur for many different reasons. Children may be especially at risk of overdose after a doctor or physician incorrectly calculates the dosage of pain medication. Other times, nurses or hospital staff may fail to adequately monitor patients or doctors may incorrectly prescribe long-acting pain killers for short-term conditions. In long-term users of pain medication, a tolerance may develop that requires increasingly large dosages of pain medication to achieve the desired effect.
Common pain medications used in hospitals include:
Oxycodone
Benzodiazepines
Methadone
Alprazolam
Xanax
Vicodin
Fentanyl

Sleeping Pill Overdose

Sleeping pills are powerful pharmaceutical drugs prescribed to millions each year to help patients with insomnia and other sleep-related issues. However, even when used correctly, these powerful drugs have been proven to be dangerous for many users, leading to respiratory depression, coma, and death. Respiratory depression means that the brain essentially forgets to tell the lungs to keep breathing. The cause of respiratory depression is usually a dangerous cocktail of sleeping medications, pain killers and anxiety medications.

At the Law Offices of Peter W. Summerill, our lawyers understand that pharmacists and physicians in Utah must exercise extreme care in prescribing sleeping medication – especially when combined with pain medication or anxiety medication – in order to avoid causing respiratory depression. If a physician or pharmacist gives a patient a dangerous cocktail of medications that leads to serious injury or a wrongful death, Utah law provides the right for the heirs, children and spouse to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against a drug’s manufacturer.

Common types of sleeping pills

Types of sleeping pills that have been associated with drug overdose include, but aren’t limited to, the following medications:
Ambien (Zolpidem)
Ambien CR
Intermezzo
Stilnox
Sublinox
Zolsana

Between 2005 and 2010, the number of emergency room visits tied to Zolpidem by women increased by 274 percent, whereas the number emergency visits by men for the same reason rose 144 percent, the agency noted. Furthermore, the number of prescriptions written for other drugs, such as painkillers or antidepressants, combined with Zolpidem prescriptions increased from 39 million in 2008 to almost 44 million in 2012, according to data from IMS Health.

Prescription Drug Overdose

Prescription drugs are currently killing Utah residents at a rate of over 300 people per year. Many people do not know that the physician prescribing medications and the pharmacy filling those prescriptions both owe a legal duty to make sure that pills are not provided in a way that can lead to death. Drug interactions, duplications of different drugs for the same symptom and filling the prescription incorrectly can all lead to death. Under certain circumstances, there may even be liability where the person who overdoses is not a patient. Physicians, hospitals and pharmacies have a duty to tightly maintain and control these highly addictive narcotic drugs they sell for profit.

Pain Medications & Wrongful Death In Utah

Pain medications are one of the drugs which most frequently combine to cause death. Utah lawyers who handle these cases know that, many times, the death is not because the patient was “abusing” pain pills in the traditional sense. People who suffer from chronic pain are often put on a number of narcotics, which are highly addictive. Additionally, after they have used the same pain medication for a time, the victim begins to develop a tolerance for the drug such that their pain is no longer alleviated.

When patients are on a cocktail of medications, they may then forget when they last took a pill. Or, they may simply be attempting to reduce the pain they are feeling. The end result is often respiratory distress and death due to an unintentional overdose on pain medications. When this happens, if the pain management doctor, pain management clinic, or pharmacy was not properly managing and controlling the use of the narcotic, they may be liable for the death and a lawsuit may be pursued under Utah law for medical malpractice or negligence.

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Attorney Peter W. Summerill is an attorney who serves the legal needs of personal injury and accident victims in Salt Lake City, Ogden, Provo and across Utah.

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