Many car accidents result in severe injuries, and it is not unusual for pain from the injuries linger for months, or perhaps even permanently. Pain medication, including opioids, can be a part of your daily medication regimen in order to keep chronic pain at bay. However, this medication has come at a cost, both to individuals and to society. Even the most unlikely individuals can end up improperly using and addicted to opioids. Opioid and heroin dependence has reached crisis levels in a multitude of American jurisdictions, as community leaders struggle to deal with the resulting crime, violence, and overdoses. Therefore, if you are prescribed opioids following your car accident, you need to be aware of the potential for dependence and long-term reliance on opioids for pain relief.
The American Academy of Pain Medicine recommends that opioids only be used for chronic, intractable pain that more conservative methods of pain control do not relieve. Any treatment plan involving opioid treatment should also be carefully designed to avoid the potential for addiction and improper usage. Additionally, the plan should contain safeguards to avoid dangerous side effects. Long-term opioid usage can lead to an increased tolerance that requires progressively increasing amounts of the drug. If you stop taking an opioid abruptly, you are likely to suffer from physical withdrawal symptoms. Opioid usage also might lead to increased sensitivity to pain, constipation, nausea, sleepiness, dizziness, depression, itching, and sweating.
As opioid dependency continues to increase in our society, it is more important than ever to keep a close eye on any and all medications given to your elderly parent or loved one. In the event that medications cause dmage to your loved one, however, you need advice and counsel from an experienced lawyer who can determine your options, based on your situation, and help you make the decisions in your case that are best for you and your family. The Madison personal injury attorneys of Boller & Vaughan handle personal injury cases on a daily basis, and we know what it takes to get the compensation that you need. Take the first step and contact our office today to set up your free consultation with one of our Wisconsin auto accident lawyers.