The case against Zantac is still in its infancy. However, if successful, Zantac could cover medical expenses for cancer victims. Depending on the outcome of the situation, claimants could also recover compensation for their pain and suffering and lost income. There are hundreds of plaintiffs who are either filing independent lawsuits or joining mass torts.
If you or a loved one developed cancer as a result of Zantac use, you could be entitled to compensation for a range of expenses. You may decide to work with a lawyer throughout the duration of the financial recovery process.
Explaining the Case Against Zantac
Zantac was at one point used by millions of people nationwide to alleviate the symptoms associated with heartburn. The product has been in use since 1983 and relies on a variety of chemicals to reduce stomach acid. One of those chemicals is N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA).
The World Health Organization (WHO) notes that in small amounts, NDMA is harmless. In fact, people consume NDMA every day through dairy products, grilled meat, and drinking water. However, with prolonged exposure, NDMA can result in the development of gastric and colorectal cancer.
The basis of the case against Zantac is that the manufacturers should have known that their product could lead to cancer but did nothing to address the situation. There is no telling how many people have gotten sick or passed away because of Zantac use. While the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) maintained for several years that Zantac was safe, in 2019, the organization released a voluntary recall of the drug. Many retailers have pulled the drug from their shelves in an attempt to shield themselves from any form of liability.
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You Could Join the Case Against Zantac
To recover compensation for your various cancer-related expenses, you will need to show that you or a loved one developed cancer as a result of taking Zantac. Proving this allegation, however, can be difficult. You will need to use your medical records, expert testimony, and other pieces of supporting information to tie your diagnosis to the drug in question.
Depending on the outcome of the case against Zantac, the company could be compelled to cover medical expenses for cancer victims.
Claimants could also recover compensation for:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Reduced future earning capacity
- Lost wages
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of consortium
Each claimant will have their own set of damages. If they can prove that those damages are related to their Zantac use, they could receive compensation.
Working with a Lawyer on Your Zantac Case
First and foremost, a lawyer can provide insight into what types of damages you could recover through a Zantac cancer lawsuit. They can also determine whether you are an eligible candidate to join the legal fight against Zantac. You could, in fact, represent your own interests in a court of law. However, while recovering from cancer or caring for a loved one, this may be extremely difficult.
The following benefits of legal representation may appeal to you:
Many Lawyers Work on a Contingency-Fee-Basis
Between your medical bills and lost income, right now, you may be experiencing many financial pressures. Yet, legal representation does not have to be one of them. Many personal injury lawyers offer their help on a contingency-fee-basis. You may have many questions about what this means.
Essentially, in this type of structure, your lawyer does not require any upfront fees and does not work on an hourly rate. They get paid for their help out of the settlement they get for you. You may find that this payment structure alleviates many of your anxieties regarding your financial obligations.
Your Lawyer Can Represent Your Interests in Court
Going to court can be time-consuming and stressful. As you deal with cancer and its symptoms, you may not have the energy to fight for yourself before a judge. A lawyer can manage all aspects of the litigation proceedings––including going to court. They can present various pieces of evidence, cite your medical history, and manage in-court disputes with the other party’s legal counsel.
While your lawyer seeks compensation for your damages in court, you can focus on spending time with your family and regaining your health.
Your Lawyer Can Gather Evidence on Your Behalf
Your case will be as strong as the evidence that supports it.
Your lawyer can gather the following pieces of information that could support your case:
- Your medical records
- Your employment records
- Testimony from your doctor
- The invoices, receipts, and bills related to your medical care
Through the evidence your legal team provides, you will need to show that because of your Zantac use, you developed cancer.
Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers Can Fight for You
Our Florida law firm wants to help you recover compensation for your injury-related damages, including your medical bills. Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers wants to give your case the attention to detail it deserves. We offer a free case review where you can ask us anything about your case’s prospects. To begin, dial (855) 529-0269.