Zantac cancer lawsuits are making headlines, such as the case of a long-time Zantac user who is suing for damages associated with breast cancer, according to the Palm Beach Post.
If you do not know what to do if you or a loved one was affected by Zantac, call us. A lawyer that accepts these cases is a reliable source of information if you want to learn more about your legal options.
There are other steps that you might take for yourself or your loved one.
We Suggest a Medical Exam
If you or a loved one regularly took Zantac prescription or over the counter, you should see your healthcare professional for a checkup.
Patients who take Zantac may have an increased risk of developing cancer, as studies conducted by the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the Veterans Affairs St. Louis Healthcare System have shown.
Even if you have not noticed any symptoms, it is a good idea to talk to your doctor if you are concerned about the risks of taking Zantac.
Some plaintiffs allege that long-term use of Zantac caused them to develop cancer, including:
- Breast cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Lung cancer
- Cancer of the liver, kidney, stomach, or bladder
- Testicular cancer
- Colorectal cancer
It is unsettling to think about a possible cancer diagnosis, but the sooner that the cancer is detected, the better your chances for treatment and recovery.
Support and Treatment if You Receive a Cancer Diagnosis
If you or a loved one used Zantac and you received a cancer diagnosis from your doctor, there are many resources available.
The American Cancer Society is a trusted source of information, support, and guidance.
Each person reacts to a cancer diagnosis differently, but there are certain actions that you might take to help you deal with this life-changing event:
- Learn as much as you can about your diagnosis, including the stage of your cancer and what treatment options are available.
- Use the resources from the American Cancer Society and those offered by your doctor to help you find treatment near you.
- Take a list of questions to your appointment so that you do not forget – you may also want a family member or trusted friend to go with you.
- Lean on the resources that you have around you: the American Cancer Society, support groups, close friends, your care team, and your spiritual or religious advisor.
Today’s cancer patients have more tools, more information, and more options than ever before.
Know Your Legal Rights
Drug manufacturers have a duty to produce medicine that is not harmful to your health. They also have a duty to warn consumers about potential harm that may arise from taking the medicine.
When drug manufacturers breach this duty of care, you have the right to hold them accountable. A lawyer who has a deep understanding of defective and dangerous medication lawsuits may be able to help.
Do Not Delay Seeking Recovery
A statute of limitations is a deadline that gives you a limited time to file a personal injury lawsuit. If you miss this deadline, you will not have the opportunity to pursue financial recovery and justice for your suffering.
Find Strength in Numbers
You may consider filing a lawsuit if you or a loved one was affected by Zantac. There are many people who, like you, are affected by the Zantac. A lawyer can help you file a lawsuit that matches your claim.
File an Individual Lawsuit
You also have the option of filing an individual lawsuit against Zantac. A lawyer can represent you in court and help you recover damages associated with your injuries.
Recovering Damages for Zantac Cancer Lawsuits
Zantac was recalled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration because of high levels of a known carcinogen. Some Zantac users have filed lawsuits claiming that the manufacturers knowingly allowed the drug to be sold despite this health risk.
Some of the damages that plaintiffs may pursue include:
- Medical care and treatment, both to fight cancer and palliative support
- Loss of income, benefits, and annuities due to cancer diagnosis
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
You may have different or additional damages, depending on your situation.
We Are Here to Help
To learn more about your legal options if you or a loved one was affected by Zantac, contact D. Miller & Associates, PLLC. Call (713) 850-8600 for a free case evaluation.