The United States is suffering from a prescription opioid epidemic, the likes of which has never been seen before. In the late 1980s, when I was in medical school, I was correctly taught that opioids were addictive and dangerous pain relieving medications which should be used in very limited situations. I was taught that opiate pain relievers were only to be used for short-term treatment of severe acute pain like that experienced immediately following surgery or for long-term palliative (end-of-life) care in cancer patients. My respected medical school professors and fellow students did not question these ethical and wise standards.
Many people wrongly believe that those who suffer from opiate abuse and die from opiate overdoses are heroin addicts and abusers of other illegal street drugs. However, the truth is that the majority of opiate abusers are abusing prescription opiates. The prescription opiates causing the physical, economic, and social devastation are made by large scale pharmaceutical manufacturers, distributed by billion-dollar wholesalers, prescribed by licensed healthcare providers, and sold by pharmacies. The only true link to heroin and the current opiate epidemic is that most of today’s heroin users abused prescription opiates before turning to heroin.
Fransen & Molinaro, LLP will represent California counties and cities against opiate manufacturers and distributors and sue them to recover the money spent by these governmental entities fighting the opioid epidemic with its hundreds of millions of dollars in associated medical, criminal, and societal costs.
IF YOU HAVE BEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED due to the negligence or fault of someone else, you need an experienced lawyer who not only understands the law but one with expert medical knowledge of your physical injuries. Attorney and physician Paul J. Molinaro is that lawyer!
PAUL J. MOLINARO, M.D., J.D.
(Attorney and Physician)
After graduating from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1991, Dr. Paul J. Molinaro trained in family medicine at San Bernardino County Medical Center in California. Dr. Molinaro has been practicing medicine in Southern California for twenty-five years in the fields of urgent care, occupational, and family medicine where he has gained a vast amount of experience handling patients of all ages with a huge variety of ailments including accidental trauma.
In 2006, Paul J. Molinaro, M.D., J.D. and Nathan Fransen founded the law firm of Fransen & Molinaro, LLP. Dr. Molinaro handles the firm’s cases which deal with serious bodily injury whether the result of medical negligence, prescription drugs, medical device failure, or accidental trauma.
- Lafayette College, B.A. Biology, 1987
- University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, M.D., 1991
- Chapman University School of Law, J.D., 2005
- California Real Estate Broker
- Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles
- Medical Board of California
- Orange County Bar Association
- Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
- State Bar of California
- United States District Court, Central District of California
- United States District Court, Eastern District of California
- United States District Court, Southern District of California
- United States District Court, Northern District of California
Paul grew up in Northern New Jersey and graduated from Seton Hall Preparatory School before attending Lafayette College in Eastern Pennsylvania from where he obtained a degree in Biology. Returning to Northern New Jersey, Paul attended the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey – New Jersey Medical School. He then moved to Southern California where he trained in Family Medicine at San Bernardino County Medical Center in California (now Arrowhead Regional Medical Center). Paul graduated from Chapman University School of Law in 2005. Though he currently practices law full-time, Paul continues to practice medicine on a part-time basis. He also works part-time for EnStar and Paladin Managed Care Services where he assists with the medical management of workman’s compensation claims.