It’s imperative that personal injury victims exercise extreme caution when prescribed any type of medication to treat their long-term pain and discomfort.
Lafayette, LA (PRWEB) November 18, 2013
Amid growing concerns over the safety of prescription and over-the-counter pain-reducing drugs, Louisiana offshore accident lawyer William Gee of the Law Office of William Gee III said that workers injured while at sea must exercise caution in treating their injuries.
The Boston Globe (“Finding drug-free techniques to treat chronic pain”) reported on October 7 that recent studies documenting the dangers of drugs ranging from OxyContin to Tylenol indicate that overdose and over-prescription of medication has become commonplace, leading to serious and sometimes fatal injuries.
“Victims of offshore or maritime accidents often face a long road to recovery from their injuries, and oftentimes this road to recovery involves the use of over-the-counter or prescription painkillers. Unfortunately, these drugs can do more harm than good when a patient is over-prescribed a powerful drug or faces an accidental overdose,” said Gee, who represents victims injured in offshore accidents and families who lost loved ones in accidents.
According to the Boston Globe, 36,000 people died from overdoses in 2008, the majority of which were linked to prescription painkillers. Furthermore, the Boston Globe said that recent reports indicate that over 1,500 people have died over the past decade due to liver damage caused by common over-the-counter, acetaminophen-containing drugs such as Tylenol.
Because of concerns raised over painkiller abuse, the Boston Globe article said that many medical professionals are beginning to explore drug-free pain management techniques such as acupuncture, physical therapy, yoga, and massage therapy.
“It’s imperative that personal injury victims exercise extreme caution when prescribed any type of medication to treat their long-term pain and discomfort. This is especially important for the maritime workers off our coast who often put themselves in harm’s way every day while at work,” said Gee, an offshore accident lawyer in Louisiana.
Gee said a maritime lawyer can help an injury victim pursue compensation after an offshore accident. An attorney can also help hold the negligent individual or parties accountable so that similar accidents won’t happen again in the future.
About the Law Office of William Gee III
Louisiana maritime accident lawyer William Gee has practiced law for over 20 years and has a well-earned reputation as an offshore accident lawyer who tirelessly fights for the rights of those injured at sea. Attorney Gee dedicates his practice exclusively to offshore drilling accidents, maritime law, barge accidents, shipping accidents and other maritime accident injuries. Gee is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an honor reserved for trial lawyers who have obtained settlements or verdicts totaling over two million dollars.
If you’ve been injured in a maritime or offshore accident or lost a loved one in an accident, contact the Law Office of William Gee at 1-800-CALL-GEE or visit http://www.williamgee.com/ to learn more about how a lawyer can help with your offshore injury.
The Law Office of William Gee III is located at:
2014 W. Pinhook Road, Suite 501
Lafayette, Louisiana 70508