How Much Can I Get From a Suboxone Settlement?

November 30, 2023 | Attorney, Matthew Dolman
How Much Can I Get From a Suboxone Settlement?

Suboxone is used to help with opioid withdrawal and reduce the risk of relapse in people struggling with opioid use disorder. Indivior, the manufacturer of Suboxone, is embroiled in yet another legal conflict over the partial opioid agonist. Suboxone users are confronting Indivior with product liability lawsuits after the company’s sublingually administered drug caused devastating tooth decay.

As plaintiffs struggle to afford medical treatment, endure painful injuries, experience emotional distress, and incur other damages, many have concerns about what a Suboxone settlement could be worth. At Dolman Law Group, we are dedicated to going above and beyond for our clients to ensure they recover the compensation they are encouraged to reach out to us at (727) 451-6900 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation. We look forward to discussing the details of your Suboxone tooth decay claim with you.

How a Suboxone Settlement Amount is Decided

The value of a settlement is determined by evaluating the monetary worth of the plaintiff’s damages. This assessment is made with regard to the plaintiff’s individual circumstances, so the impact of tooth decay on a Suboxone user’s career, lifestyle, health, and quality of life would be taken into account. That means it is difficult to assign an exact dollar amount to a Suboxone settlement without knowing the specifics of the case.

Generally speaking, a Suboxone plaintiff could anticipate recovering between $50,000 and $150,000 given the high costs of dental work and the ongoing implications for their quality of life.

Suboxone Tooth Decay Economic Damages

Depending on the extent of your dental issues, you may need extensive repair work including cavity fillings, oral surgery, dentures, or implants. The cost associated with treating tooth decay can present a financial challenge for many families in the form of medical bills, as well as lost wages from attending appointments. The monetary cost of Suboxone dental injuries can be compensated as economic damages in a product liability lawsuit.

Suboxone Non-Economic Damages

Additionally, plaintiffs can seek compensation for non-economic damages for the intangible and emotional losses resulting from their Suboxone-related dental problems. Tooth decay almost invariably involves pain and sensitivity, which can affect an individual’s ability to concentrate at work, speak and eat without discomfort, and socialize freely. It is not uncommon for people with tooth decay to become more withdrawn due to shame and fear of judgment.

This can translate into serious costs, such as missing out on a promotion at work because your self-consciousness about your dental issues hindered you from taking the initiative with customers. Suboxone users with tooth decay may also struggle with mental health issues like depression or anxiety stemming from chronic pain and low self-esteem.

Outside Factors That May Affect the Value of Your Suboxone Dental Decay Settlement

Although Suboxone plaintiffs still maintain the burden of proof for establishing liability and the value of their damages, they may benefit from Indivior’s prior indiscretions. Indivior, the manufacturer of Suboxone, has a number of factors working against its credibility as a defendant, including multiple legal issues. Most recently, Indivior faced legal action based on its attempt to exploit its Orphan Drug designation from the FDA to seek an illegal monopoly.

Suboxone was first introduced in the U.S. in 2002 under the FDA’s Orphan Drug policy. The Orphan Drug Law allows a drug manufacturer to maintain market exclusivity for 7 years for providing medication to an unaddressed demographic, after which competitors can introduce generic versions, usually at more affordable price points.

Indivior circumvented this limitation by making minor alterations to their product, adapting the orally ingested drug to a sublingual film that is administered by being held under the tongue until it dissolves. The company settled the drug wholesaler’s antitrust claims for $385 million in October 2023. Indivior’s legal woes are not limited to antitrust violations. 

In 2020, the company paid $600 million to settle claims that accused Indivior of false advertising. The U.S. government contended that Indivior’s characterization of their sublingual film version of Suboxone constituted fraudulent marketing because there was insufficient evidence to support the company’s assertions that the updated product was safer for users and less likely to be abused. We now know that the sublingual film version of Suboxone is also responsible for severe dental injuries, reaffirming Indivior’s reputation as an unreliable source. 

Ways to Protect Your Suboxone Tooth Decay Settlement

While you can’t necessarily increase the worth of your potential settlement, you can take steps to prevent its value from being reduced so that you have the best chance at recovering the maximum amount your Suboxone tooth decay lawsuit is worth. This starts with making an effort to practice good dental hygiene, attending dentist appointments, and addressing dental emergencies promptly, even if you continue to experience tooth decay from using Suboxone sublingual film.

Taking care of your dental health preempts arguments from the insurance company that your tooth decay is entirely your fault, that you allowed your teeth to deteriorate to secure a more significant settlement, or that you exaggerated your dental issues to inflate the value of your personal injury claim.

Seek an Experienced Product Liability Lawyer for Your Suboxone Lawsuit

Another way to safeguard your settlement is to engage a skilled product liability attorney to advocate for your rights, provide an accurate evaluation of your claim’s value, and adeptly negotiate for the maximum compensation possible.

Look for a capable personal injury attorney who is not overwhelmed by their current caseload, makes themself accessible to you, and has a background in handling defective drug claims. These are good indications that they have the time and expertise needed to properly investigate your claim to obtain evidence of your injuries and subsequent damages. You can support this process by keeping records of your losses, such as bills, journal entries, and medical documents, as this kind of information can speak to the financial value of your damages.

The Benefits of Hiring the Suboxone Lawyers of Dolman Law Group

When it comes to complex and sensitive legal matters, there is no team more qualified than our Suboxone tooth decay lawyers here at Dolman Law Group. We have successfully recovered maximum compensation on behalf of our injured clients for many years based on our reliable work ethic, diligent and detail-oriented approach, and client-centered perspective.

Our team has an established background in product liability lawsuits for defective medications, that has allowed us to hone our expertise in this area and secure outstanding results. We can also offer access to resources like expert witnesses and investigators, administrative support for the paperwork required to file a Suboxone tooth decay claim, and the benefit of our unrivaled negotiating skills. 

Contact Dolman Law Group For Help With Your Suboxone Tooth Decay Lawsuit

The persistent stigma around tooth decay and other dental issues can make it difficult to be confident in seeking help. At Dolman Law Group, we recognize the effort it takes to overcome this self-doubt, concerns about the work of filing a personal injury lawsuit, and the interference in daily responsibilities. We want to make your experience as stress-free as possible so that you can focus on your health while we advocate for fair compensation for your Suboxone dental decay claim.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us at (727) 451-6900 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation with one of our Suboxone tooth decay lawyers. Our team of seasoned product liability attorneys will outline the steps of the personal injury claims process, identify which damages you may be eligible to claim, discuss the services that we offer, and address any concerns you may have.

 

Matthew Dolman

Personal Injury Lawyer

This article was written and reviewed by Matthew Dolman. Matt has been a practicing civil trial, personal injury, products liability, and mass tort lawyer since 2004. He has successfully fought for more than 11,000 injured clients and acted as lead counsel in more than 1,000 lawsuits. Always on the cutting edge of personal injury law, Matt is actively engaged in complex legal matters, including Suboxone, AFFF, and Ozempic lawsuits.  Matt is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for resolving individual cases in excess of $1 million and $2 million, respectively. He has also been selected by his colleagues as a Florida Superlawyer and as a member of Florida’s Legal Elite on multiple occasions. Further, Matt has been quoted in the media numerous times and is a sought-after speaker on a variety of legal issues and topics.

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