Recently, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested the removal of Zantac and other ranitidine products from the market immediately. The FDA advised that those who took Zantac were at risk of being exposed to high levels of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a probable cancer-causing agent. Unfortunately, Zantac has been around for decades, putting many people at risk for developing different types of cancer.
If you or a loved one took Zantac and later developed cancer, you may have a claim for compensation for the losses you have suffered. Attorneys at CaseyGerry represent those who have been injured by dangerous and defective drugs. We believe that drugmakers that prioritize profits over human safety should be held accountable, and we fight for those who have been injured by dangerous drugs.
Drug manufacturers are responsible for making safe drugs and issuing warnings about any known side effects and dangers associated with their products. Even when drug makers claim that they did not know about potential harm, they can still be held accountable for drug dangers and side effects that they should have known about.
Zantac has been widely used to control and prevent heartburn, ulcers, reflux, and other related conditions. Patients who have taken Zantac and later developed certain types of cancer may have a case against the drugmaker. Those who have lost loved ones to cancer after taking Zantac may also have a claim for the losses that they have sustained due to losing their family member.
Studies and testing have found NDMA, a carcinogen, present in Zantac and other ranitidine medications. Research has also found that the levels of NDMA increase over time and when Zantac is stored at higher than room temperature. As a result, many people have been exposed to dangerous levels of NDMA.
Cancers that have been linked to Zantac include the following:
Studies have also shown that excessive exposure to NDMA may also lead to problems with kidney function, enlarged liver, liver disease, and internal bleeding.
Depending on the severity and extent of your injuries and damages, you may be entitled to the following compensation:
California law provides for two theories of recovery in fatal injury cases. Wrongful death claims benefit surviving family members who have lost a loved one. If your loved one’s Zantac related injuries were fatal, you may seek compensation for your losses. In California, surviving family members may pursue compensation for loss of financial support and benefits, funeral and burial expenses, loss of companionship and affection, loss of sexual relations, loss of the decedent’s household services, and other damages.
Survival actions are another remedy for fatal injuries, which are brought by the personal representative of the decedent’s estate. Survival actions are generally appropriate in cases where the deceased survived long enough after the injuries to suffer losses, such as medical expenses and lost wages. In California, punitive damages may also be available in survival actions. Punitive damages are awarded to punish defendants for egregious misconduct and to deter similar conduct in the future.
Our attorneys will review important facts related to your potential claim against Zantac, including your history of using Zantac or its generic form and subsequent cancer diagnosis. We will investigate your case to find evidence that links Zantac use to your injuries and damages. After looking at your case’s strengths and weaknesses, we will discuss your potential legal options and strategies, including whether or not multidistrict litigation is a good option.
In general, multidistrict litigation involves joining multiple lawsuits from separate courts into a single court for the early litigation phase. Multidistrict litigation is often advantageous in cases like Zantac claims because research, expert opinions, evidence, and other resources can be shared between MDL plaintiffs, making their cases stronger. Multidistrict litigation is different from class action lawsuits; however, in that, the plaintiffs’ right to compensation remains separate.
Separate compensation means that even though you are involved in litigation with other plaintiffs, you would still have the right to negotiate your own settlement terms and set forth evidence of your distinct injuries and damages. Retaining your right to pursue compensation for your injuries and damages allows you to seek monetary recovery for your specific losses, rather than dividing one compensation between multiple plaintiffs.
If you or a loved one has developed cancer after taking a ranitidine product, attorneys at CaseyGerry can help. We are dedicated to holding big pharmaceutical companies accountable and fighting for our injured clients. Contact our office to schedule a no-cost and no-obligation consultation. We will go over important facts, review your injuries, and discuss your potential legal options.