Can Sleeping Pills Cause Florida Slip and Fall Accidents?

Are you sleepless in Broward County?

W.C.  Fields once said “The best cure for insomnia is to get a lot of sleep.” This quote is seemingly obvious and desperately relevant to anyone who has a hard time sleeping.

Insomnia is a disorder that plagues thousands of adults who wrestles with being able to fall asleep, or rather able to stay asleep. Over 40 MILLION Americans have been formally diagnosed with a sleep disorder. Since sleeplessness has become almost as typical as the common headache, so has its form of remedy. Over 37 million prescriptions for America’s first top choice of sleeping aid prescription, Ambien, are written every year. Research has discovered one predominant side effect of taking Ambien—the increase of slip and fall accidents and injuries.

Do you have Insomnia?

Insomnia Symptoms:

  • Difficulty falling asleep at night
  • Awakening during sleep at night
  • Awakening too early
  • Daytime sleepiness or fatigue
  • Irritability, depression, anxiety
  • Tension headaches

Insomnia Causes:

  • Stressful life events
  • Everyday anxiety
  • Depression and sadness
  • Medications that disrupt sleep
  • Alcohol, caffeine, or nicotine use
  • Medical conditions
  • Eating too  late at night

Treating Insomnia

It’s not uncommon for most people struggling with insomnia to rush to requesting a prescription drug for their insomnia. Since people who struggle with sleep disorders already feel overwhelmed with various issues that are conflicting with their ability to rest, adding a nightly pill seems like an easy fix.  The most common prescriptions used for treating insomnia include Ambien (zolpidem), Lunesta (eszopiclone), and Sonata (zaleplon).

Sadly, recent research has shown a rapid rise in slip and fall accidents of those who take Ambien. In fact, the Substance Abuse and Mental Abuse Health Services recently published a report showing a dramatic 220% increase in ER visits related to taking zolpidem, which is the active ingredient used in Ambien. Since its inception in 1993, Ambien has become the number one prescribed medication for sleeping disorders.

Patients who are injured due to the use of Ambien are likely eligible to file a personal injury legal claim and receive compensation for their slip and fall accident. Individuals who have a South Florida slip and fall accident can incur serious injuries that change every area of their personal and professional life. Victims of slip and fall accidents may consider seeking the expert advice of a South Florida Slip and Fall Attorney.

When you or a loved one suffered from severe effects and complications associated from a slip and fall accident related to Ambien, it is essential to talk with an experienced South Florida injury attorney. The Law Office of David Benenfeld is here to help. For or a free legal consultation and book call today: [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″].