The kind of compensation you can expect for filing a Zantac lawsuit will vary based on the situation, the extent of your injuries, the type of lawsuit you file, and other factors. The more severe your injuries, the higher the potential payout compensation.
Class action lawsuits can result in millions or billions of dollars in payouts. The individual plaintiffs may only receive a small portion of a payout in the event of a successful case.
However, the Zantac lawsuits filed as of January 2020 are just a small number relative to the possible number of cases in total. As cases settle or reach verdicts, or as the number of cases increases, the types of compensation that you could expect may change.
If you have been injured by Zantac, you need to provide proof that you took the medication. This can be in the form of prescriptions or receipts.
Types of Zantac Lawsuit Compensation
As cases for Zantac are pending, the types of compensation for filing a Zantac lawsuit will vary. Generally, the factors that influence the kind of compensation you could receive include:
- Wrongful death: Many patients die as a result of developing serious GI or liver cancers, especially if they are diagnosed in a later stage of cancer.
- Medical bills: Treatment for any type of cancer is expensive. It may include surgeries, specialists, chemotherapy, radiation, rehabilitation, and hospitalizations.
- Pain and suffering: Undergoing cancer treatment or losing a loved one can cause devastating levels of pain and suffering. If a medication touted as a safe option caused your cancer unnecessarily, the manufacturer could be held responsible.
These are just some of the types of compensation that people may receive as a result of filing a Zantac lawsuit. It is by no means an exhaustive list that encompasses every possibility. Your situation could be different, and you could be entitled to different types of compensation. You can discuss what happened and your unique situation with a personal injury lawyer to learn about the potential types of compensation.
Severity of Injuries
According to Harvard Health Publishing, the research into Zantac is ongoing. In most situations, patients are instructed to use Zantac only for short periods of time. Using Zantac once or twice over the course of your life may not have much of an effect on your liver, bladder, and stomach.
However, your risk of developing these conditions may go up as your use of Zantac increases. Some physicians prescribe ranitidine, also known as its popular over-the-counter name Zantac, in higher doses to patients for a more extended period of time. This practice may increase the occurrences of related cancers in patients.
Some very serious cancers could potentially be caused by extremely high levels of the carcinogenic substance NDMA found in ranitidine products. Other medications have also been recalled because of their own contamination with the carcinogen. The research suggests that consistent exposure to this type of carcinogen can lead to increased cases of cancer.
Understanding Your Rights
On its website, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning about the potential dangers of using Zantac and other medications made with ranitidine. Some of the manufacturers of ranitidine products have already recalled products, including Novartis, Sandoz, and Apotex. If you choose to take Zantac after a voluntary recall has already been issued, you could be doing so at your own risk. The amount of compensation that you would receive in a lawsuit, if any, would be lower than before researchers exposed the possible dangers of ranitidine.
If you have been injured by taking a medication that was deemed safe by the national medical community and available for sale, you could have a personal injury case or be eligible to become involved in a class-action lawsuit. For many years, Zantac was considered a safe medication to relieve and prevent signs of heartburn. There was no reason to suspect that you would be injured by following your doctor’s or pharmacist’s recommendation to take this medication.
In general, the more serious your injuries, the higher the amount of compensation that you may receive. This does not mean that less serious injuries cannot warrant compensation. The best way to know what to expect from what happened to you in your specific situation is to discuss it with a lawyer who can answer your questions about your next steps.
Contact a Lawyer to Discuss Your Case
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with cancer or another serious condition associated with Zantac exposure, you could be entitled to compensation related to your injuries. Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 635-1144 for a free consultation with a member of our team to learn more about ongoing class-action lawsuits and potential options for legal recourse. Even if Zantac is not the only medication that you took, it is worth discussing your potential case with a personal injury lawyer knowledgeable about the subject.