After a personal injury or car accident, people often seek medical attention and the assistance of a lawyer. There is a symbiotic relationship between the medications and treatments clients receive and the monetary damages they are awarded in litigation. While the client’s decision to abstain from opioid use doesn’t make their injuries any less serious, it does create a hole where defense can argue that the injuries may be less severe.
Attorneys must understand their client’s reasoning when choosing not to take opioids, coach their client in the importance of keeping a record of pain, and work to understand the changing attitudes toward opioids in the general population.
In this article, learn how to control and respond to arguments defense may make when a client avoids taking prescription painkillers.
Widespread Impact of Opioid Epidemic is Changing Patient Care and Attitudes
Opioids can be dangerous for multiple reasons. Their primary purpose is to relieve the perception of pain through the central nervous system. Another effect that they have on many people can be a feeling of euphoria. This effect can be highly addictive for many. It is now widely known that these drugs can be extremely habit forming.
Some forms of opioids can include:
- Oxycodone (1): Can be administered orally with a pill or liquid form. Oxycodone is prescribed to change how patients respond to pain. (Narcotic) This is considered a habit forming drug.
- Hydrocodone: A pain reliever. It is an opioid medication that is often combined with a non-opioid pain reliever, acetaminophen, in prescription drugs such as Zolvit, Lorcet, Generic Xodol, Norco, Lortab, Norcol or Hycet.
- Codeine: An opioid pain reliever. Often used to reduce coughing. In some medications it can be combined with acetaminophen or aspirin.
- Other opioids include: OxyContin, Vicodin, morphine, fentanyl.
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