Personal injury lawyers are meant to help you in the case that you experience physical or psychological injury as a result of a person, organization, government agency, or other systems.In the case of Zantac, a personal injury lawyer may be able to help you if you have been diagnosed with cancer as a direct result of taking Zantac.
The public was recently informed by the FDA that a total recall of all ranitidine medications, better known as Zantac, has been ordered. Pharmacies and drug stores have removed it from their shelves and manufacturers have been informed to stop the production and sale of their product.
Those still taking the drug are advised to stop after consulting with your doctor about possible alternatives, and dispose of the recalled product safely.
What legal action can I take?
If the cancer can be directly linked to long-term exposure to NDMA through continued use of Zantac, there are ways in which you can seek justice.
In 2019, Joseph John Balistreri filed a lawsuit with a personal injury lawyer against the pharmaceutical companies that manufactured Zantac, citing the drug as the reason for his bladder cancer. Many believe that more lawsuits such as this one will continue to be filed as people learn about the harmful effects long-term usage of Zantac can cause and come forward with how they were affected by the ingredient.
Through the lawsuit, Balistreri asks for “compensatory and punitive damages, together with interest, costs herein incurred, attorneys’ fees, and all such other and further relief as this Court deems just and proper.”
What do I have to prove to receive compensation?
There are a few things that a personal injury lawyer will be tasked with proving upon filing the lawsuit in order for your case to be viable. They are:
There must be proof that you took Zantac for a prolonged period of time
There must be proof that you have been diagnosed with cancer
There must be proof that these two instances are linked
The first two are fairly simple to provide evidence for. A prescription or proof of purchase that covers a length of time should suffice for proof that you took the medication. A record of the cancer diagnosis should be in your medical file for easy access as well. Consult your healthcare providers for both of these pieces of information.
The hardest part of Zantac cases is proving that there is an undeniable correlation between the medication and your cancer diagnosis. While there is ample evidence of the NDMA in Zantac being the cause of cancer, it is harder to prove that it is the cause in one specific instance.
Causation can be determined depending on how much Zantac you consumed, over what period of time, and how much NDMA was likely in it. The longer Zantac is left out and the higher the temperature it was sitting in, the higher the dosage of NDMA. It is important to consult your lawyers and doctors on how much NDMA was likely in each dose and how much you would have consumed while on the medication.
Call Kwartler Manus Today
Kwartler Manus provides skilled and compassionate legal representation for clients injured in various ways. This includes those who have developed cancer or other serious illnesses due to the use of Zantac. Contact our office online or by phone at 267-214-8608 to schedule a consultation with a member of our team today.