In 2017 alone, 5,512 Pennsylvanians DIED of overdose. That is the most of any state in the nation.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the prescription opioid and heroin overdose epidemic is the worst public health crisis in Pennsylvania. It affects Pennsylvanians across the state.
Our goal was to build a law firm that helps innocent & injured accident victims get back on their feet AND has a meaningful impact on the Pennsylvania communities we serve. Therefore, for the remainder of the opioid epidemic, we pledge 10% of net profits to aid innovative nonprofit organizations in preventing opioid and heroin overdose in Pennsylvania.
Our founder, James Helm, understands opiate addiction because he lived it.
Following a wrestling injury when he was 16 years old, James was first prescribed painkillers after surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. Two years later, he went under the knife for another wrestling injury, a torn labrum in his left shoulder. This time, he did not put the pills down. Instead, from 18 to 25, his opiate dependency spiraled out of control taking him to the depths of addiction.
Today, James is a person in long term recovery from substance use disorder. In recovery, he was able to intern for the US Court of Appeals, graduate from law school cum laude, and form TopDog Law. He is grateful every day for god, his family, and the people who helped him overcome his struggles with addiction. Still, he realizes things could have turned out differently. He could have easily been one of thousands of Pennsylvanians who lost their lives because of opioids. That is why in starting the firm, he pledged to donate his time and money towards preventing opioid and heroin overdose in Pennsylvania.
There is no single cause for opioid dependency. It is fairly common, however, for a heroin user to first start by abusing prescription painkillers. In fact, about 80% of people who use heroin first misused prescription painkillers.
Often, accident victims are prescribed painkillers from a doctor following a serious injury or a surgery. While much of the time this is necessary in the immediate aftermath of the accident, it also increases the likelihood of an individual developing an opioid addiction. According to studies, 21% – 29% of patients prescribed painkillers for chronic pain misuse them. This problem has been compounded by unclear guidelines for doctors regarding the proper doses and quantities of painkillers to prescribe following surgery.
Therefore, the unfortunate reality is that some accident victims not only have to cope with expensive medical bills, lost wages, and rehabilitation, but also the possibility of developing a dependency to painkillers. This uphill battle can be exhausting and overwhelming.
TopDog Law is committed to helping their clients make a full recovery in every avenue of their life. If you or a loved one has developed a dependency towards prescription painkillers, contact us at (800) 215-7211 or fill out the simple form below. We will put you in touch with a trusted treatment professional.
TopDog Law services all 67 counties in Pennsylvania and has easy-to-access offices across the Philadelphia region. We also pride ourselves in being a text message away. Our lawyers routinely travel to meet clients in their home or close to their home. Do not hesitate to reach out if you are unable to travel to one of our locations.