Fentanyl Deaths in Las Vegas: Accidental or Negligence?
The Southern Nevada Health District has an important warning for all Las Vegas residents and visitors. According to the agency, there have been at least four known overdose deaths as a result of fentanyl distribution in the city over the last month alone.
Between January and July, Clark County reported over 110 fatal overdoses, which is a huge jump from the 191 deaths reported in the whole year of 2020. According to the agency, an overwhelming amount (46%) of the overdoses in 2022 have been attributed to fentanyl.
The agency is also warning citizens that a very small amount of fentanyl is deadly. It’s reportedly 100 times stronger than morphine, which means a minuscule 2 milligrams of fentanyl could be lethal to an adult. What’s more, this deadly drug is getting mixed into other street drugs like Xanax, oxycodone, and even marijuana.
Were You Impacted by a Fentanyl Death? Know Your Options
Was your family recently impacted by a fentanyl death? If so, then you need to know your options. First of all, fentanyl is a controlled substance, which means it’s illegal to possess, distribute, or sell. If you know who sold the drug to your loved one, then it might be possible to pursue criminal charges against them. In 2022, overdose deaths are often considered criminal negligence rather than accidental deaths. Speak with your local police department about your options.
What’s more, you can also seek out justice in civil court, too. A wrongful death claim against the person who sold your loved one the drugs can help you recover from the financial losses you incur as a result of your loved one’s passing.
These losses might include burial costs, a loss of spousal support, medical bills incurred before your loved one’s death, pain and suffering, and more.
Seeking Out Justice with a Wrongful Death Claim
Have you recently lost a loved one as a result of a fentanyl overdose? If so, then we offer our greatest condolences to you and your family. It’s never easy to cope with the tragic loss of life, but it often seems like an even harder situation to cope with when the loss is unexpected, sudden, and a result of drug use.
On top of dealing with your grief, you’ll have little choice but to face the financial hurdles of saying your final goodbyes to your loved one as well. One shimmer of hope is that you should be able to recover all the costs of losing your loved one if you opt to pursue a wrongful death claim against the person who sold your loved one the deadly drug.
If you’re considering filing a claim, then it makes sense to consult with a lawyer first. A good lawyer will help you determine if it’s worth your time and effort to seek out a claim. If you’re in the Las Vegas area, then our firm can help. Schedule a consultation to discuss your situation further with one of our best attorneys.