Dangerous drugs are prevalent on the market, and pharmaceutical companies have historically paid billions in settlements to injured victims. Consumers are generally not aware of what is present in the drugs, and many suffer severe or permanent damages, which can range from intestinal issues to cognitive disorders to cancer. Zantac is the latest drug that is linked to cancer, and consumers are encouraged to seek restitution from the pharmaceutical company if they developed the illness. Our law firm, the Downtown LA Law Group, can help victims sue Zantac and receive the compensation they deserve.
What is Zantac?
Zantac is an over-the-counter medication for heartburn. It contains various compounds, but the main cause for the recall and issue is N-nitrosodimethylamine, or NDMA. It is believed to cause cancer in users, especially when the drugs have been stored for long periods of time. The compound can build up and strengthen, leading to issues.
Zantac is manufactured by Sanofi. The company initially recalled the product in October 2019, but additional tests have indicated that many more products containing ranitidine have been linked to the production of NDMA.
Various versions of the drugs are still in circulation, including syrup forms and tablet forms.
Injuries from Zantac
The primary concern with using Zantac is the possibility for cancer to arise in users. Cancer can be one of the most aggressive diseases, and there is no known cure. Treatments can often be painful and problematic, as well. Many victims seek radiation therapy, which causes intense sickness, vomiting, and weakness, while others seek chemotherapy, which involves pumping chemicals into the body to combat cancer cells and tumor growth.
Perhaps the most troublesome aspect of cancer stemming from heartburn drugs like Zantac is that it can creep up unnoticed after developing for some months or years. Cancer can claim body parts or it can ruin your entire quality of life, forcing you to quit your job and seek constant treatment. You may become bedridden or confined to the house. In many cases, cancer results in death, which can be untimely and tragic for families.
How to Sue Zantac or Sanofi
In order to sue Sanofi for manufacturing Zantac, you must first prove that you were injured. It is required that you have suffered some kind of physical harm from the drug, so you will need medical records, test results, doctor’s statements, treatment summaries, insurance billing papers, and more to illustrate the extent of the damages. You should never hesitate going to the doctor if you suspect that you are ill – if you do, your health may worsen the longer you wait. The insurance agent from Sanofi can also claim that you actually acquired the illness elsewhere if there is a long gap between the time you took the medication and the visit to the doctor.
You will need pictures of any injuries you suffered, if possible, to highlight the extent of the illness.
If any eyewitness or acquaintances can testify that you were taking Zantac and became subsequently ill, you can request their statements and testimonies for your case.
You will need to show proof that you had the drugs, so it is recommended that you hold on to the medication, as well as any receipts, if possible. Proving that you were taking the medication for some time will benefit your claim.
Finally, you should reach out to a Zantac injury lawyer who can help you with your claim. You may not have appropriate legal experience, which can be detrimental to your case. If you have never had to negotiate a deal or gather evidence for a lawsuit, you should rely on a legal expert while you tend to your illness.
How do I join the Zantac class action lawsuit?
A class action lawsuit is filed by a representative on behalf of numerous plaintiffs. The target is generally an entity or business; in this case, Sanofi would be the intended defendant. Many injured individuals can come forward and include their proof, which will lead to a mountain of evidence against the company.
You can contact a Zantac class action attorney to get involved in the claim.
What is my Zantac cancer case worth?
A lawyer who can fight Zantac in a dangerous drug lawsuit can bring you the maximum compensation available under the law. You should not be satisfied with any small offers that will not cover your highest expenses and debts. The insurance agent will likely try to make a low offer because he is concerned with preserving profits. He will look at the type of injuries you received, how severe they were, how impactful they were on your life and career, and more. Our goal is bring you the following:
- Medical expenses for surgery, hospitalization, ambulatory transportation, physical therapy, additional prescriptions, future medical treatments, and more
- Lost wages from the past and future for lost bonuses, commissions, tips, benefits, and more, especially if you could not return to work due to injury or medical procedures
- Property damage if any items were broken
- Pain and suffering damages for PTSD, emotional anxiety, fear, psychological stress, and more
- Punitive damages, which are additional punishing forms of monetary compensation handed out when the defendant acted with gross negligence; they are difficult to win and are often seen as too severe, though, so only an expert attorney with experience in dangerous drug claims will be able to win them for you
- Wrongful death expenses in the event a loved one died due to the drug, which can include coverage for funeral and burial expenses, loss of consortium, loss of expected savings and inheritance, pre-death medical bills, pre-death pain and suffering, and more
It is important to note that if you pursue a class action lawsuit and join a group of other plaintiffs who are fighting Zantac for compensation,, the value of your case will be much lower. The total compensation will be split among all individuals, which will result in a percentage set aside for each person. You may want to weigh the pros and cons of a class action claim and a personal claim. The class action lawsuit will have more evidence and is more likely to succeed, but the compensation will not be as much as a personal claim. Our dangerous drug attorneys can help you make the decision that works best for you.
Statute of Limitations to Sue Zantac
In California, you have 2 years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit against the responsible party for any injuries you suffered from using dangerous or defective drugs and prescription medication. Bear in mind that a personal injury claim cannot be filed if you were not physically injured. The reason deadlines are 2 years from the injury is to prevent cases from becoming stagnant or lopsided; both parties will have enough time to build their defenses, and it will not be unfair to one or the other. If some evidence becomes lost or corrupted, it would greatly impact the case. Therefore, cases must be filed within a reasonable time frame.
However, there is a chance for the time limit to be temporarily extended or suspended. This can happen for a number of reasons. One of the most common concerns the age of the victim. If you were underage at the time of the incident, you won’t be held to the statute of limitations until you turn 18 years old. However, a parent or legal guardian can sue on your behalf. If you were physically incapacitated or mentally unable to take legal action afterward, the time limit would begin counting down once you returned to functioning health and awareness. Lastly, if the defendant left the state in an attempt to avoid dealing with the lawsuit, the statute would be on hold until he returns to California.
Talk with a dangerous drug or defective drug injury attorney if you have questions about the length of time to file a claim. Many victims simply fail to acknowledge the statute of limitations, and as a result, their cases expire before they can receive compensation. We’ll help you determine how much time remains on your claim and we’ll make sure that everything is filed well on deadline.
The Best Firm in Town
The Downtown LA Law Group is a highly rated law firm in Los Angeles. We have taken on numerous dangerous drug lawsuits over the years and we know the best tactics for success. We fully dedicate ourselves to all clients who come through our doors, and we promise to fight tooth and nail to win your claim. Our aggressive lawyers are willing to go to court to defend your rights in front of a judge and jury if we must.
Call our law firm today for a free legal consultation to discuss your case. Our attorneys are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and all consultations are totally private. None of your confidential information will be shared elsewhere. We will also give you our zero fee guarantee if you hire us. This means that we don’t get paid unless and until we win, and the money will come from the settlement awarded by Zantac. If we lose, we get nothing whatsoever, and you do not touch your personal finances at all.
If you got cancer from using Zantac, call the Downtown LA Law Group today to file a claim against Sanofi.