LEGAL HELP FOR CALIFORNIA GOVERNMENTAL ENTITIES, INSURANCE COMPANIES, AND INDIVIDUAL PATIENTS MAY BE AVAILABLE!
When he started practicing medicine, physician and attorney Paul J. Molinaro, M.D., J.D. was taught that opioids were only to be used in special circumstances and very sparingly as they are addicting and dangerous. However, a couple decades ago, the opioid manufacturers and distributors crafted a plan to increase their customer base. These pharmaceutical companies capitalized on the known addictive properties of opiates by claiming to have reformulated the old-time opiates and marketing the new ones as safe, nonaddictive, and effective medications for patients of all ages and all types of pain. Their marketing included hiring “specialists” to create new pain societies and infiltrate existing ones, have these specialists “teach” other physicians about the benefits of treating chronic pain with long-term opiates, and promoting “guidelines” that created the notion that long-term opiates were the standard of care for the treatment of chronic pain. Their sales force promoted the notion that pain is the “fifth vital sign,” and their direct to consumer advertising taught patients that if their healthcare provider did not address and treat pain at every visit, he or she was not practicing good medicine. Most physicians knew better and resisted the economic pressure of refusing to prescribe potent narcotics when not absolutely necessary. Unfortunately, a large number of prescribers enjoyed immediate financial gains by prescribing opiates upon request.
The opioid epidemic continues to grow, and absent action by legislators, medical societies, and lawyers will only get worse. This epidemic has effects which reach far beyond the patients. These secondary effects impact individuals from every social strata. The financial and socioeconomic effects are suffered by county and city governments in every state as a result of increased healthcare costs, additional police costs, and neighborhood deterioration. Private health care insurance companies are having to cut budgets and/or raise premiums to cover the costs of not only the opiates but the additional medications needed to treat opioid side effects and addiction.
Whether you are a California governmental entity (county or city), tribal community, a large insurance company, a third party payer, of an individual patient, Fransen & Molinaro, LLP would like to speak with you and learn whether we can help you hold the opioid manufacturers and distributors accountable for the damages they have caused you. Consultations are free and these cases are handled on a contingent basis.
If You are a California Governmental Agency
Every level of government has agencies that have a vested interest in recouping money spent fighting the opioid epidemic. Deaths from prescription opioids have more than quadrupled since 1999, and opioid misuse/abuse has caused an influx of medical emergencies and an overuse of the criminal justice system. Prosecutors work desperately to help those charged with drug crimes to get the help they need while dealing with the aftermath of their crimes. It is impossible to estimate how many billions of dollars this will cost before the problem is finally solved. The attorneys at Fransen & Molinaro, LLP are part of a consortium of lawyers who are willing to help governmental agencies with no upfront costs. This consortium consists of Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell. Rafferty & Proctor, P.A., Baron & Budd, P.C., Greene, Ketchum, Farrell, Bailey & Tweel, L.L.P., and Hill, Peterson, Carper, Bee & Deitzler, P.C. As of February 2018, this team represents approximately two hundred (200) separate governmental clients against opioid manufacturers and distributors.
When you hire this team, there are no upfront costs to the lawyers. Explicitly written into the retainer agreement with a city or county is the term that there is no fee if there is no recovery. We will take on cases to help recover some of the monumental losses government agencies have suffered because of the opioid epidemic. We make such a fight winnable by working as a team of lawyers and firms. The team consists of some of the nation’s top litigators and successful mass tort law firms.
The producers and distributors of opioids have set themselves up for liability, as they recklessly marketed their drugs in such a way as to put profits first. Because of their negligence and intentional behavior, the only way to put a stop to the current crisis is to force accountability. If you want to start recovering your losses, call Attorney and Physician Paul J. Molinaro, M.D., J.D. for a free consultation today.
If You are a Private Insurance Agency
Health insurance is a business, and you need to make sure you are protecting your bottom line. Having your customers healthy is in your best interest, and you promote policies that keep your customers healthy and happy. The opioid crisis is costing your patients millions of dollars in medical bills, which is often paid by the insurance companies. This includes costs from emergency care, longterm health conditions, and addiction services. With the rise of the opioid epidemic, deaths have quadrupled since 1999. Things are getting worse instead of better. One Kaiser healthcare article says that just one opioid admission averages $92,400.00. You can only pass on so much of the cost to your customers. Maintenance drugs are expensive, and opioid addiction is also associated with infectious diseases, liver and kidney failure, and psychological problems.
Not only that, you as an individual pay more taxes to support the other problems caused by opioid addiction, like the criminal justice programs to deal with other consequences.
At Fransen & Molinaro, LLP, we want to help you get some of that money back and send a message to those opioid manufacturers and distributors who so carelessly produced and distributed these harmful drugs. Explicitly written into the retainer agreement with an insurer is the term that there is no fee if there is no recovery. We are wiling to get your case started with no costs upfront from you. We make such a fight winnable by working as a team of lawyers. The team consists of some of the nation’s top litigators and successful mass tort law firms. When we take on the opioid manufactures and distributors, their money and teams of lawyers are matched. If you want to start recovering your losses, call Attorney and Physician Paul J. Molinaro, M.D., J.D. for a free consultation today.
If You are an Individual
You are taught to trust your doctor, and that your doctor has your best interests in mind. When you have surgery or another problem where you need to manage pain, you expect the person in charge of your medical care to take care of you and help you get better. Unfortunately, doctors often spend little time following up on a patient’s pain needs, after they have prescribed a potentially dangerous and addictive medication. Instead of monitoring your use of a dangerous medication, doctors let you develop a tolerance until you are taking larger and larger amounts. Attorney and Physician Paul J. Molinaro, M.D., J.D. was taught that opioids should be used with care, and very rarely. That is no longer the case and we face a crisis with many individuals being addicted to opioids. Just since 1999, the number of deaths due to opioid use has more than quadrupled. You may have lost your health, your relationships, your job, or suffered other personal losses because of your addiction.
Admittedly, representing individuals is more challenging than representing governmental entities and insurers. Many people view patients who become addicted to prescribed opiates as “drug addicts” or “junkies” no different than people who abuse recreational or “street” drugs. This belief causes those people to feel that the patient who becomes addicted to prescribed opiates is at fault, could have stopped at any time, and was certainly not a victim who is entitled to any “compensation” from the opiate manufacturers and distributors. However, such a belief is misguided as it completely ignores how these extremely addictive “pain killers” were marketed to patients across the United States. By intentionally and knowingly creating falsified studies, completely misleading advertisements, sending out self-proclaimed pain management specialists to conduct bogus lectures and seminars, and designing the drugs to be addictive, the opiate manufacturers and distributors created the prescription opiate epidemic. These greedy pharmaceutical companies knew they were killing patients and ruining the lives of entire families. Yet, they committed all of these illegal actions to make billions of dollars.
At Fransen & Molinaro, LLP, we understand that opioid addiction can happen to anyone. The patients we would like to help are ones who became addicted to prescription opiates that were prescribed by healthcare providers, patients who did not have a preexisting drug addiction, and patients who truly did not want to become addicted to opiates. As examples, the college athlete who underwent a successful knee surgery only to be prescribed Oxycontin for months on end, the middle aged warehouse worker with a minor low back injury for which some healthcare provider prescribed an endless supply of opiates, or the elderly patient with mild arthritis who is told by some practitioner that there is nothing to be done except for taking prescription opiates. When you put your trust in your doctor, you should be cared for and your real needs met. You should not be dealt addictive pills and suffer because of the irresponsible prescribing of dangerous drugs.
Those who manufacture, distribute and prescribe these dangerous drugs have no reason to stop, because they are not the ones suffering the consequences. It is our goal to help put an end to this crisis by helping the victims file civil lawsuits to recoup their losses. If you want help, please call Attorney and Physician Paul J. Molinaro, M.D., J.D. today for a free consultation.
Every attorney at Fransen & Molinaro brings special skills and experience that make them a unique team for helping their clients achieve justice.
Attorney Paul J. Molinaro, M.D., J.D. is a Medical Doctor, and understands complicated cases involving medical negligence, accidental trauma and prescription drugs. If you or your organization have been impacted by the opioid epidemic, contact us immediately so we can get started on your case.