HO&P files New York and California fentanyl lawsuits against Watson Pharmaceuticals

by Eric Pearson

Two summers ago, a Florida woman’s mother who had been prescribed a Fentanyl patch for pain died suddenly in New York. The deceased was found to have a fatal level of the drug Fentanyl in her blood. The next month, a California man’s wife—who had also been prescribed a Fentanyl pain patch—was found dead. She too had a lethal concentration of Fentanyl in her blood. Both of these women had been wearing Fentanyl patches manufactured and marketed by Watson Pharmaceuticals.

Heygood, Orr & Pearson has now filed a wrongful death lawsuit in California and one in New York as a result of the deaths of these two women against Watson Pharma, Inc.; Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; and subsidiary Watson corporate entities.

Heygood, Orr & Pearson is by far the leading law firm in the United States representing family members in lawsuits against fentanyl pain patch manufacturers. For example, the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have settled more cases against the manufacturers of defective patches throughout the United States than all other lawyers across the country combined.

In the very first jury trial by the lawyers of Heygood, Orr & Pearson against makers of a Fentanyl transdermal pain patch, a Florida jury awarded a $5.5 million verdict to the family of a man who died while wearing a Duragesic Fentanyl pain patch. More recently, Heygood, Orr & Pearson obtained a $16 millions verdict for the family of a Cicero, Illinois woman who died while wearing a Duragesic Fentanyl transdermal pain patch.

Fentanyl is an extremely dangerous drug that is at least 80 times stronger than morphine. Fentanyl patches are designed to release only a certain, limited amount of Fentanyl into a patient at a predetermined rate, and thus produce a certain level of Fentanyl in the blood of the patient. If a patch functions as intended, the patient should not receive a harmful dose of Fentanyl.

Sadly, Fentanyl patches have killed thousands of patients by causing fatal respiratory depression. One way that Fentanyl patches kill people is by malfunctioning and dispensing too much Fentanyl. Heygood, Orr & Pearson has represented hundreds of families who have had a loved one die while using a defective Fentanyl patch.

However, defective patches are not the only danger associated with Fentanyl. Doctor negligence is also a factor in many Fentanyl deaths. Fentanyl deaths caused by doctor negligence have become such a significant problem that the Food and Drug Administration has issued several fentanyl warnings to alert doctors about the risk of life-threatening side effects or death caused by inappropriately prescribed pain patches.

In connection with the hundreds of Fentanyl lawsuits that have been litigated by Heygood, Orr & Pearson on behalf of their clients, we have examined under oath hundreds of drug company executives, scientists, engineers, physicians, and manufacturing workers. We have also retained the best expert witnesses in the country in the areas of toxicology, pathology, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and patch technology. In addition, Heygood, Orr & Pearson has obtained millions of pages of documents from the drug companies related to Fentanyl patches, which have been reviewed, and catalogued. In doing so, our firm has amassed by far the most extensive library and collection of documents and depositions related to Fentanyl patches in existence.

The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson work to achieve the highest compensation possible for families who have lost a loved one due to a problems with the Fentanyl patch. On behalf of families across the United States, Heygood, Orr & Pearson is actively pursuing cases and lawsuits against the manufacturers of Fentanyl patches such as Duragesic, Sandoz and Watson. Our firm also handles cases against doctors who negligently prescribe Fentanyl patches and other opioids, including oxycodone, OxyContin, and methadone.

If you have lost a loved one, due to a defective Fentanyl patch, or as a result of the negligent prescribing of Fentanyl patches or other opioids, please contact our firm for a free consultation so we can help you determine the best way to protect your legal rights and interests. You can reach us by calling our toll-free hotline at 1-877-446-9001, or by filling out our free case evaluation form.