Pain Patchs (also known as fentanyl, fentanil, Sublimaze, Actiq, Durogesic, Duragesic, Fentora, Matrifen, Haldid, Onsolis, Instanyl, Abstral and) Lazanda) are being used more frequently to treat patients suffering from chronic pain. This drug is 100 times more potent than morphine and is extremely dangerous. In many other cases, fentanyl is used to commit suicide where a user simply places the fentanyl patches in their mouth or apply more than one patch. Misuse is relatively easy for a County Coroners or medical examiner to determine death from overuse. However, in some cases, death from fentanyl results from being improperly prescribed to a patient with other health problems, taking other medications or treatment that result in side effects and complications leading to death. In other cases where suicide or malfeasance is ruled out, it is important to preserve the pain patch and container involved for analysis by experts to determine if the patch was defective or damaged prior to use. Incredibly, in some cases of accidental deaths, Coroners will immediately confiscate all remaining/unused Fentanyl pain patches found at the scene and will destroy the patches since they are considered controlled substances. Without further testing, it is impossible to determine whether there was any defect in the patch. So, if a family has a loved one who has unexpectedly died from an accidental fentanyl pain patch overdoes, they should immediately demand that the Coroner, the hospital or medical examiner preserve as evidence all used and unused patches at the scene. The family should immediate contact a fentanyl pain patch attorney to help preserve the evidence for further testing by competent technicians and experts who know what to look for.
Wrongful Death & the Complex Laws
The emotional damage can be severe, and the economic losses are often devastating. Wrongful death can be caused by many things, including automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, defective products, construction site accidents, swimming pool accidents, boating accidents, workplace accidents, pedestrian accidents, premises liability accidents, medical malpractice or other negligent, careless, or reckless conduct. When gross negligence or reckless conduct is involved, one may also be able to obtain punitive damages. Our attorneys provide effective, aggressive investigation and representation in wrongful death cases.
Complex Laws – Consult a South Carolina Wrongful Death Attorney
South Carolina laws regarding wrongful death cases are complex and technical. The law strictly governs who may recover, such as a spouse, children, parents, or siblings. Claims must be brought through the estate of the deceased relative, and are brought by an administrator or an executor. Damages may include loss of future net income, loss of companionship and love, and loss of support. Punitive damages may be awarded in some wrongful death cases.
Wrongful death cases are always emotional. When you are grieving, you should not make any major decisions without consulting an South Carolina wrongful death attorney. You should not enter into any settlement, sign any release or accept any money in exchange for releasing an individual, corporation, or insurance company from liability without first knowing what insurance coverage or other redress is available to you and your family.
There may never be a time in your life where you feel more confused and financially insecure than when you suffer a serious injury. If you are injured in an automobile accident, you should resist settling your claim quickly with any insurance carrier until you have received all the medical care you need and you have reached maximum medical improvement.
In South Carolina, a person injured in an accident because of the fault or negligence of another, you have up to three (3) years to bring a law suit to recover your damage. While it is certainly not a good idea to wait 3 years until the last minute to bring suit, it is often wise to wait more than few months and perhaps up to a year to make sure you have recovered from your injuries before settling or bring suit. Once you settle with an insurance company and sign their release forms, you will be forever barred from seeking additional compensation if it turns out you require additional medical care for your injuries.
The experienced trial lawyers at Smith & Haskell Law Firm, LLP, located in the Upstate of South Carolina in Spartanburg, represent individuals who have suffered a serious personal injury or personal injury as the result of an accident. If you have been injured, contact the South Carolina serious personal injury attorneys today for an initial consultation to discuss your legal options. Don’t wait, take action today.
Choose a South Carolina Personal Injury Accident Lawyer & Personal Injury Litigation Attorney Spartanburg, Greenville, Upstate SC
Located in the Upstate of South Carolina in Spartanburg, we serve Spartanburg, Greenville and surrounding counties. If you or someone you know has been involved in an serious personal injury or personal injury accident, we encourage you to contact a personal injury lawyer at the Smith & Haskell Law Firm, LLP today at 864.582.6727 to schedule an appointment today to discuss the legal options. We are ready to put our experienced personal injury attorneys to work for you.
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