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Opioid Prescriptions May Involve Malpractice

Opioid drugs such as morphine, oxycodone and fentanyl have become highly contentious. Although they can offer immense relief to some patients, they can also cause serious issues. Medical providers must not take opioid prescriptions lightly.

If you suffered complications after your doctor prescribed opioid drugs, Hensley Cloninger, P.C., offers support. Our experienced lawyers have advocated for injured patients across North Carolina over the past 30 years. We are ready to help you build a claim for medical malpractice.

Why Doctors Must Be Cautious

When deciding which treatment and pain relief options to recommend, doctors need to consider multiple factors, including:

  • The individual needs and risks of the patient, including history of addictions
  • The benefits and side effects of the medication
  • The appropriate duration for using a strong pain reliever
  • The appropriate dosage for the condition

Opioids are powerful, highly addictive painkillers. Therefore, prescribing doctors need to carefully assess whether such a strong medication is necessary. Doctors must also carefully monitor patients with opioid prescriptions to manage dosage and treat any problems.

While many lawsuits have targeted opioid manufacturers, doctors may also be held accountable for damages if they did not perform appropriate care. When doctors do not take the time to evaluate all factors, patients may face serious complications. Our attorneys can help you determine whether your doctor failed to uphold their duty.

Complications Of Opioid Prescriptions

Potential issues resulting from opioid prescriptions can include:

  • Chemical dependency, which may cause addiction to legal or illegal opioid drugs
  • Serious reactions, such as trouble breathing or major depression
  • Inpatient or outpatient overdoses, which may be fatal without prompt administration of naloxone and follow-up care

Our attorneys approach these cases with compassion. We do not judge clients who have suffered from the power of opioid drugs; instead, we find solutions for their recovery. Compensation can help you recover from an opioid addiction or other complications, which is why we are adamant in our strategy for each case.

Learn How To Hold Prescribers Accountable

Errors with opioids and other drugs can cause severe damage. If you believe that your doctor was unreasonable in your care, call Hensley Cloninger, P.C., at 828-585-6558 or email us. We will listen to you and give you straightforward answers to your legal questions.