Zantac will not cover medical expenses for cancer victims unless victims successfully sue them for personal injury or wrongful death. According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ASTDR), long-term use or buildup of a carcinogenic substance, n-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), present in Zantac and ranitidine may cause certain types of cancers. If you took Zantac for heartburn relief and you were recently diagnosed with cancer, you have the option to consult with a lawyer as soon as possible.
Pursuing civil litigation can help hold the manufacturers of Zantac accountable for making the drug available to consumers despite the known risks. While each case is different, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
A cancer diagnosis is a frightening experience as you deal with countless doctors’ appointments, medical procedures, and treatments. If you were recently diagnosed with cancer and you took Zantac, a personal injury lawyer can help you determine your best options for possible compensation.
Zantac and Cancer
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) instructed retailers and manufacturers to voluntarily stop selling and making the popular heartburn drug Zantac. Also known in the generic form as ranitidine, the drug was available both as a prescription and an over-the-counter (OTC) medicine.
Of special concern to the FDA was the presence of n-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in Zantac and ranitidine products. This probable carcinogen classifies as a cancer-causing chemical by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
While FDA research showed the levels of NDMA in Zantac were relatively low, they found the levels increased under two types of conditions:
- Long storage times in warehouses, on store shelves and in cabinets.
- Above-room temperatures.
Consumers had no way of knowing that by taking a heartburn pill, they placed themselves at risk for developing cancer. This is unfair, and while the recall is a positive step, it may be too late for some victims.
The High Cost of Cancer Treatment
According to the National Cancer Institute, cancer is one of the costliest medical conditions to treat. Costs vary regarding the type of cancer and the length of treatment. Cancer drugs can average $10,000 a month.
The stress and worry you experience when it comes to your medical care and your household expenses may affect your ability to rest. Securing legal representation can help put your mind at-ease that someone is protecting your best interests during this difficult time.
If you received a cancer diagnosis that possibly relates to your use of Zantac or the generic ranitidine, you should not have to pay for your cancer treatments. Consulting with a personal injury lawyer provides an option for determining your right to compensation.
Your Rights to Legal Representation
When seeking justice for your medical expenses and other losses you incurred from a Zantac-related cancer diagnosis, you have a right to seek out legal counsel and representation. Depending on your diagnosis and the details of your case, you may qualify to file a personal injury and wrongful death victims. Depending upon the laws in your state, time may be limited for filing a civil lawsuit.
Accepting a settlement without legal representation can place you at risk for receiving less compensation than you deserve. Once you accept a settlement from an insurance company, you may not pursue civil action later if your medical condition worsens.
No one should use a medicine only to develop a serious disease later. Discovering what manufacturers knew and when they knew it are key elements to cases involving dangerous products like that of Zantac.
Let Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Fight for the Compensation You Deserve
Dealing with a cancer diagnosis is tough enough. In addition to possible surgery and numerous treatments, you must carry on with your daily tasks. Your income may lessen and your medical bills can grow.
At Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, our team is ready to enter negotiations with the insurance company on your behalf. If necessary, we are ready to go to trial. We are unafraid of tough cases, and we work hard to advocate for victims.
Let our legal team fight to protect your best interests. You should not suffer financial stress due to other’s negligence. If this happened to you or you lost a close loved one due to the use of Zantac, contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today.
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