Update: As of June 14, this care provider has added all its Louisiana facilities to this suit. These facilities are: The Carpenter Hospice of Northwest Louisiana; St. Joseph Hospice; St. Joseph Hospice of Acadiana; St. Joseph Hospice of Bayou Region; St. Joseph Hospice of Cenla; St. Joseph Hospice and Palliative Care of Monroe; Grace Hospice of New Orleans; St. Joseph Hospice & Palliative Care-Northshore; St. Joseph Hospice of Southwest Louisiana; Stat Home Health of Northwest Louisiana; Stat Home Health of Southwest Louisiana; Homedica of Louisiana, LLC; Companion Home Services; NOLA SJH II; Stat Home Health Of Southeast Louisiana, LLC. Additionally Allegiance Health Management facilities from Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Texas will be included. For more information, contact Mark Stein, Lowe & Stein, et al at (504) 581-2450.
JUNE 14, 2019 Allegiance Health Management has added all its Louisiana facilities, as well as similar health care centers in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and Texas, to a lawsuit filed yesterday by Minden Medical Center which seeks a jury trial for unreimbursed damages it has incurred due to America’s manufactured prescription opioid epidemic, announced Counselors Craig Williams of Marioneaux & Williams and Mark Stein of Lowe, Stein, Hoffman, Allweiss & Hauver New Orleans.
Access the original filed lawsuit here.
Here is the updated lawsuit.
The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, is part of a nationwide effort by a legal-medical partnership seeking damages for hospitals and emergency rooms impacted by the opioid epidemic. It makes claims of deceptive practices and racketeering by America’s drug industry.
The suit seeks to recover monetary losses they have incurred treating adults and opioid-dependent born children. The suit is against America’s pharmaceutical industry for knowingly mislabeling and misrepresenting opiate-based drugs and creating a spiraling addiction crisis across the nation.
The suit seeks to create a long-term solution to help deal with the medical, social and legal issues related to the epidemic.
Said Attorney Mark Stein, “Hospital damages during the last five years will increase exponentially and will continue to do so. Inpatient care due to opioid use was estimated at $700 million in 2002. By 2012, that number grew to $15 billion. And the estimates for 2017 exceed $25 billion. The cost of an opioid-related adult ICU admission rose from an average of $58,517 to $92,408 between 2009 and 2015. The in-depth analysis we and our experts have undertaken with hospitals like Minden establishes historic damages.”
The Opioid Justice Team has filed a number of lawsuits, including class actions, on behalf of counties, parishes, cities, non-profit health providers, drug rehab centers, opioid-dependent babies, and Native American Tribes for extensive unreimbursed costs caused by the opioid epidemic. Find more information at www.opioidjusticeteam.com
The Opioid Justice Team media contact:
C. Brylski/D. Johnson (504) 897-6110