Certain pain patch products containing fentanyl have been shown to be dangerous because of manufacturing defects that can lead to serious overdoses and death. Due to this ongoing and preventable tragedy, anyone who believes they lost a loved one to a defective pain patch should contact a lawyer from Clark & Martino in Tampa, Florida immediately to learn their rights.
The fentanyl patch is a narcotic used to treat moderate to severe pain persisting more than a few days. Applied to the skin, this pain patch is supposed to release the powerful pain medication fentanyl in a regulated, consistent manner over 72 hours.
The Duragesic brand of fentanyl patch, as well as patches made by other manufacturers, come in a variety of strengths and dosing levels. Over the years, there have been several Duragesic pain patch recalls because some of the patches are believed to contain a cut defect. This defect allows large amounts of fentanyl to seep out and enter the body quickly, causing an overdose that may result in death.
So far, fentanyl patch lawsuits have found manufacturers to be liable in several deaths and juries have awarded million-dollar judgments in these deaths. For example, in late 2008, a jury in Sanford, FL awarded $13.3 million to the family of a 34-year-old woman who died using the Duragesic pain patch. Dozens more victims and their families across the country have a fentanyl patch lawsuit pending, including four ongoing cases in Florida.
If you have lost a loved one to the fentanyl patch or any other pain patch product, please contact a lawyer from Clark & Martino in Tampa, Florida for a free consultation about your case. We have extensive experience in this matter and we are committed to aggressively seeking justice for our clients.