Heartburn causes pain and discomfort in the chests of sufferers. Oftentimes, the discomfort becomes worse when lying down, which can cause difficulty sleeping. Millions of Americans suffer from chronic heartburn and look to medicine for relief.
Heartburn may signal more serious conditions, but heartburn alone is not generally a serious medical issue. However, it does cause pain and discomfort that can affect other areas of sufferers’ lives, particularly if they suffer from chronic heartburn. That’s why heartburn relief medication is available over-the-counter.
While many medicines do provide heartburn relief, one of these drugs has been linked to cancer or cancer symptoms. Zantac and its generic form, ranitidine, have been shown to increase the likelihood that a user shows cancer-like symptoms or develops cancer after extended use.
If you or a loved one has taken Zantac or any generic brand of ranitidine, you need to speak with a trusted lawyer right away. You may qualify to seek compensation for your suffering. At Dolman Law Group and Sibley Dolman, we work to maximize our clients’ compensation by holding the manufacturers of these dangerous drugs responsible for their negligent actions. Get the help you need by contacting us today.
Heartburn Causes and Treatments
Heartburn is the feeling of acid or burning in your throat and upper chest. Heartburn often occurs when an individual’s throat muscle relaxes abnormally or becomes weakened, and this allows stomach acid to flow back up the throat, causing pain and discomfort.
Being overweight or pregnant can increase an individual’s chances of heartburn, but there are many other causes, including:
These foods may cause or exacerbate heartburn. Frequent heartburn may lead to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD can seriously damage your esophagus if not properly treated.
You can treat heartburn in several ways, depending on your doctor’s recommendations. If you experience regular heartburn twice or more per week, you should see a medical professional for a diagnosis.
Treatment options may include:
Antacids – Neutralize stomach acids and provide quick relief
H-2 receptor antagonists – Reduce stomach acids over time, but do not provide quick relief
Proton pump inhibitors – Reduce stomach acid to provide long-term relief
Aside from medication, your doctor may also recommend some lifestyle changes. Certain changes to your diet can help reduce the frequency of heartburn, for example.
Such remedies may include:
Weight loss – Maintaining a healthy weight eases pressure on your abdomen, reducing the amount of acid that is forced into your throat.
Clothing – Tight clothing can put pressure on your abdomen, forcing acid up into your throat.
Mealtime – Shifting your mealtime earlier can give your body more time to digest your food before you lay down, reducing the likelihood of heartburn affecting your sleep.
Use more pillows – Lifting your head and chest can help keep the stomach acid down and out of your throat.
Avoid smoking and alcohol – Both smoking and alcohol increase the risk of heartburn.
Speaking with your doctor if you suffer from frequent heartburn will help you understand your options for seeking relief. If you’ve already met with your doctor about your heartburn, your doctor may have prescribed you Zantac, an H-2 receptor antagonist. Zantac provides heartburn relief to people like you. However, what your doctor may not have known, and what has only become known recently, is the link between Zantac and cancer. If you have taken Zantac or are currently taking Zantac, stop immediately and speak with your doctor about what to do next.
After consulting with your doctor, speak with an experienced product liability lawyer about your options for seeking compensation if Zantac has caused you to experience cancer symptoms. You may face serious and life-threatening medical conditions that will require a great deal of time and financial cost.
Working with the right lawyer will help you avoid bearing the entire financial burden.
History of Zantac
In the early 1980s, people across the world, specifically in developed countries, started feeling heartburn in large numbers. Glaxo Holdings, a company that eventually became known as GlaxoSmithKline, received approval from the U.S. Federal Drug Administration to sell Zantac, initially intended to help with ulcers. By the late 1980s, people were also using Zantac to help with frequent heartburn. Zantac continued to increase in popularity and quickly became one of the first drugs to ever top $1 billion in annual sales.
In 1997, Glaxo’s patent for ranitidine expired, and competitors jumped into the action to market their own Zantac alternatives. Initially, Zantac and its generic versions were prescription drugs, but in 2004, Pfizer received FDA approval to sell an over-the-counter version.
In 2019, Valisure, an online pharmacy, released a study showing astronomical amounts of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in Zantac and generic ranitidine. The study found more than 300,000ng of NDMA per tablet. The FDA lists a safe level of NDMA as 96ng per tablet. This means that people who take Zantac or generic ranitidine consume 3000 times the acceptable levels of NDMA.
NDMA is not just found in Zantac. Research also finds low levels of NDMA in water and food. In higher levels or after prolonged exposure, NDMA can produce liver damage, including tumors and cancerous cells.
Despite this clear and excessive amount of NDMA in each table, the FDA failed to issue a recall, although it did advise companies to stop selling the drug.
By October 2019, many countries had banned the sale of Zantac and its generic counterparts. In the United States, some manufacturers voluntarily ceased the sale of their products, and some issued recalls. It was not until April 2020, however, that the FDA outlawed the sale of Zantac and its generic ranitidine and issued a recall.
If you or a loved one has developed cancer while or after taking Zantac or any generic ranitidine, you should speak with a seasoned lawyer to help you understand your legal options. The right legal representation can help you recover damages for your losses, so you can focus on your physical recovery and well-being without worrying about how to pay your bills.
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NDMA in Food and Zantac
NDMA is not uncommon. In fact, NDMA is in many foods and can form during the cooking of certain foods, like fish and meat.
NDMA is also found in:
To be clear, these foods do not contain nearly as much NDMA as Zantac does, so there is no need to avoid these foods. While studies are limited, NDMA is considered a possible carcinogen. Zantac and ranitidine contain NDMA, but no study has yet conclusively proven how or why those drugs contain so much NDMA.
The Valisure study does give us some insight into where NDMA originates in Zantac. The study concluded that NDMA was found at such high levels in users that there is no other likely source of the NDMA other than the ranitidine itself.
While more studies are needed, and there could be other reasons why NDMA is found at such high levels in ranitidine, the amount of NDMA found in ranitidine is dangerous to humans and should be avoided.
While Zantac is the name brand most closely associated with ranitidine, there are other brand names you may have taken, including:
Zantac 150 Maximum Strength
Any brand of product that contains ranitidine in the ingredient list can expose you to dangerous levels of NDMA. You need to make sure you are healthy and see your doctor right away, even if you are not showing any other symptoms. You should also immediately cease taking whatever brand of drug your doctor has prescribed.
After that, you should speak with a products liability lawyer. Even if you do not currently have cancer, you have likely suffered from this experience. You shouldn’t dismiss the stress and worry over whether you were exposed to dangerous levels of cancer-causing NDMA. You deserve to hold the negligent party liable for your suffering and maximize your compensation. To do that, you need a skilled lawyer at your side who is fighting hard to protect your rights.
How Zantac Treats Heartburn
Anyone who suffers from heartburn knows the pain and discomfort that it can cause. Heartburn can appear out of nowhere and leave just as quickly. Heartburn by itself is rarely life-threatening, but it is often extremely uncomfortable, particularly if it becomes a chronic problem. Heartburn can even prevent sufferers from getting the sleep they need.
Zantac and ranitidine work to prevent the symptoms of heartburn by reducing the amount of acid in a user’s stomach, which can help to minimize the overall effects of heartburn. To get the most benefit, doctors usually recommend that patients take these drugs daily, and preferably at the same time each day.
However, when prescribed a drug like Zantac, what you least expect is that it will cause more serious ailments unrelated to heartburn. Unfortunately, studies have shown that is the case with Zantac, which can cause cancer due to its high levels of NDMA.
This makes a victim’s life change drastically. A non-life-threatening health issue (heartburn) quickly becomes a serious and life-threatening medical concern (cancer). If this has happened to you or a loved one, the law may entitle you to compensation. To find out for sure, speak with a trusted product liability attorney as soon as possible.
Zantac Side Effects
Taking Zantac and other ranitidine drugs may help prevent heartburn or at least make the symptoms more manageable. However, as is the case with many over-the-counter drugs, there are side effects. Zantac use may prove deadly and result in many types of cancer.
While many drugs have side effects, such as nausea and upset stomach, cancer is not something that most people would consider a mere side effect of taking an over-the-counter drug, especially not a drug that is supposed to help you feel better. In the long run, victims of Zantac’s negligence may lose their lives or otherwise reduce their lifespans. This tragic and preventable scenario could happen to anyone who’s regularly taken Zantac or a similar drug.
If you or a loved one has taken Zantac or any generic brand of ranitidine, you may qualify to seek compensation. To hold the drug manufacturer liable for your injuries and your suffering, speak with an experienced product liability lawyer today.
World Health Organization Investigation
The International Agency for Cancer Research (IARC), a division of the World Health Organization (WHO), is often recognized as the world’s best cancer research organization. Scientists from around the world investigate cancer causes and share data to uncover dangerous chemicals and substances that might cause harm to humans.
The IARC has concluded that NDMA is likely carcinogenic to humans. In many animal tests, when exposed to NDMA, the animal subjects grew tumors in multiple organs. These studies also told us that it did not matter how the animals were exposed to NDMA—oral, inhalation, and injection all resulted in cancer production.
Based on the IARC findings, other organizations and research institutions conducted their own studies and found similar results. No NDMA studies have been conducted on humans, and there will likely never be any. Part of a doctor’s pledge is to do no harm, and deliberately exposing a human to NDMA would violate that oath.
Regardless, we do not need unethical studies to tell us the results.
All of these other studies have told us the same thing:
NDMA is carcinogenic in humans, even in small amounts.
Zantac and ranitidine produce alarming levels of NDMA.
The design of ranitidine itself might cause of NDMA exposure.
This last point is what makes this such a tragic case. Zantac might help with heartburn, but the nature of the drug makeup may actually cause cancer. This makes it not a side effect of the drug, but rather an outcome.
From these studies and years of research, we know that regular exposure to NDMA, even in small doses, can prove harmful. As discussed above, NDMA exists naturally in foods, but the levels of exposure are within safe ranges. For example, there are nearly 14ng of NDMA in 3.5 ounces of milk. This is well below the maximum recommended exposure level of 96ng set by the FDA.
Based on this information, it is not necessary to avoid all foods containing NDMA, but it is good to remain aware of any exposure to a carcinogenic that could cause you harm. Nevertheless, because of the extreme levels of exposure to NDMA from Zantac and other generic ranitidine drugs, you may have damaged cells in your body that could produce cancer.
To find out the best path forward for you, do not delay in speaking with a skilled and knowledgeable product liability attorney. Your lawyer will have your best interests at heart and will work with you to find a solution that helps you recover both physically and financially. You do not have to go through this alone; contact Dolman Law Group and Sibley Dolman today.
NDMA Cancer Risks
In 2019, the FDA announced that it was formally investigating the risk of cancer associated with Zantac. This announcement came after reports of Zantac 150 containing NDMA at levels 3,000 times greater than the FDA’s daily recommended intake. Almost immediately, the large manufacturers of Zantac, Sanofi, and Boehringer Ingelheim, were facing lawsuits.
Furthermore, the FDA determined that the amount of NDMA in ranitidine could actually increase as the product sat on shelves. What this means is that the longer a bottle of Zantac sits on a store shelf, the higher the amount of NDMA contained within each pill in that bottle. More NDMA can lead to an increased risk of cancer.
NDMA, once used to make rocket fuel, is now used only for research purposes, but that does not do anything for the victims who have already developed cancer.
If you have taken Zantac or any generic brand of ranitidine, you need to discuss your options with your doctor immediately. There is no guarantee that you will or will not get cancer. However, we do know that the longer you take Zantac, the more exposed you are to NDMA, and the greater the likelihood that you will contract some form of cancer. To be clear, taking Zantac for a short time can still cause cancer, but the longer you take the drug, the more you increase your risk. That’s why it is so important to speak with your doctor right away.
Zantac Cancer Studies
Multiple studies have shown the link that exists between NDMA and cancer. These studies are the primary reason why the FDA mandated that the drug come off store shelves in the United States.
A Stanford study took urine samples from people who ingested ranitidine. The urine samples were taken both before and after the patients took the drug. The urine samples taken after the patient ingested ranitidine showed a 400-fold increase of NDMA in the patient’s urine. While this is a shocking increase, the study also points out that this underestimates the actual level of NDMA exposure. Only a small fraction of NDMA would leave the body through urine, so this means that the actual exposure to the body is substantially more. As we have already learned, significant exposure to NDMA increases the risk of developing cancer.
These are just a few of the many studies conducted on the link between NDMA and cancer. These studies have been going on for many years, showing the concern that medical professionals have with the drug’s safety. Many other studies have reached the same conclusions.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer after taking Zantac or generic brands of ranitidine, you need to speak with a law firm experienced in handling these cases. You may ultimately receive compensation from the drug manufacturer, which could help you battle your medical condition and cover your expenses. Zantac claims are more than your everyday personal injury lawsuits.
These are complex products liability claims that require the keen eye of an experienced products liability attorney. Working with the right lawyer can give you the confidence you need to focus completely on your physical well-being while your legal team works hard to maximize your compensation.
In April 2020, the FDA prohibited the sale of all brands of ranitidine, including Zantac, in the United States. Based on the studies referenced above (and many others), the FDA determined the risk was too great to the public.
Many manufacturers had already taken their brand of ranitidine off store shelves by the time the FDA laid down its mandate. Many large stores had also already stopped selling the medications. In fact, Walmart, CVS, Rite Aid, and many other national retailers voluntarily pulled ranitidine from their shelves before the FDA mandate.
Despite these moves by the FDA and individual stores, Zantac and other generic ranitidine brands were still available through prescriptions and at other stores before the FDA’s action. But with this April 2020 recall, the FDA made it clear that no more ranitidine products will be available in stores, whether for prescription or over-the-counter purchase.
When filing a product liability lawsuit, there is often uncertainty, especially when relying on third-party studies. You likely expect Stanford and the WHO to provide accurate information, and they do. However, the FDA is the gold standard in the United States when it comes to food and drug safety. Now that the FDA has independently confirmed through its own testing that NDMA is alarmingly prevalent in ranitidine and that NDMA increases the risk of cancer, bringing a products liability claim is less difficult than before the FDA action.
This is not to say that filing a claim is easy; product liability is a complex area of the law. If you’re interested in filing a Zantac claim, you should consult a seasoned lawyer with experience in the field. The FDA’s determination simply gives you one more leg to stand on when bringing your claim for damages against the negligent party.
Now is the time to contact a knowledgeable product liability attorney. Your chosen attorney should have proven experience in drug manufacturer product liability claims. Because of the complexity of these claims, it is vital to the success of your case that you choose a legal team that has been down this road before.
When you do, you can let go of the legal stress and worry about how you will pay your bills and instead focus on your health and well-being. After all, your health is most important. No amount of money will take away your suffering, but the compensation may provide you with the time and energy needed to focus on your recovery instead of worrying about how to pay for it.
Recalled Zantac Brands
Numerous ranitidine brands have removed their products from store shelves and homes. For an up-to-date list, you can view the FDA’s recalls page.
These brands removed their products in advance of the FDA’s required recall:
American Health Packaging
Aurobindo Pharma USA
Golden State Medical Supply
If you or a loved one has taken any of these brand name drugs, or any other ranitidine drug, you could be at serious risk of developing cancer due to your exposure to NDMA. If this applies to you, speak with your doctor right away. Your doctor can help you identify a new medicine that can help with your heartburn and also help determine your risk of cancer.
After you have spoken with your doctor, it’s important to speak with a skilled product liability lawyer who can help you recover maximum compensation from the negligent party. You may have astronomical medical bills ahead, and you should not have to bear any of that responsibility. Holding the negligent party liable for your injuries and your suffering can help ease the financial pain you may face. To do that, you need to file a product liability claim with the help of an experienced lawyer.
The key to detecting and successfully treating any cancer is recognizing symptoms. With early detection, you increase your chances of survival. Understanding what symptoms to look out for will provide you with some early warning signs that you may have developed cancer from taking Zantac.
Common cancer symptoms include:
Sudden weight loss
Sudden loss of balance
Abdominal pain not from heartburn
Blood in urine
Sudden and unexplained back pain
If you or a loved one has experienced any of these cancer symptoms stemming from Zantac use, you need to speak with your doctor immediately. Your health could be at risk. The most important step is to make sure your body has not been contaminated by the NDMA found in Zantac. While there is currently no test to determine if you will get cancer, you can see your doctor for a full evaluation and determine if you currently have any signs or symptoms of cancer caused by taking Zantac.
Product liability is an area of law that allows injured individuals, like you, to bring a claim against a company for damages. You must show that the company designed, manufactured, or marketed the product in a way that caused harm. In this case, you would need to show that Zantac was harmful in its design, and that the manufacturers knew or should have known of the increased risk of cancer because of the massive amounts of NDMA found in Zantac.
You could potentially claim a design defect if the drug was not formulated in a way that minimized the foreseeable risks to users. You could also claim a marketing defect, usually including a failure to warn. If the manufacturer knew that NDMA was likely to increase the risk of cancer in users of the drug, and the manufacturer did not warn potential users, it may face liability for your injuries.
Depending on the circumstances of your situation, you may also have a negligence claim. Under a negligence theory, you need to prove that the manufacturer engaged in negligence activities, or failed to act reasonably, and that you suffered harm. For instance, if a manufacturer was aware of NDMA in its drug, but failed to conduct sufficient studies to determine whether there were any adverse side effects of NDMA, this would constitute negligence. The manufacturer did not take reasonable action, and as a result of this inaction, you have suffered grave harm.
Under any of these and other theories of liability, you could collect compensation. By establishing liability at the hands of the manufacturer, your lawyer can help you recover damages for your suffering. Recovering damages is important to your overall health and well-being. While the money will not take away your cancer, it will help you get the best medical attention available and allow you to focus on your health, instead of worrying about how expensive all the medical treatment you receive is and how you will pay for it.
That’s why, after you have spoken with your doctor and determined the best path for your health, speak with our experienced product liability attorneys, because we have your best interest in mind. You deserve legal representation that has experience taking on big drug companies and showing that they acted unreasonably, causing harm to victims like you.
By taking this action and filing a claim against the drug company, you can set in motion a series of events that will help you recover damages for your injuries. This can allow you to focus all of your effort and energy on your medical well-being, giving you the best chance of making a complete recovery.
Zantac Cancer FAQ
At this point, you may have serious questions about what comes next. You may wonder whether you took Zantac long enough to risk getting cancer. You may not know if your risk has increased. You may also be unsure of how you will pay all of the medical expenses you face.
Even if you do not have cancer, which would obviously be wonderful news, tests can prove extremely costly, and your insurance may not cover them. To find out you don’t have Zantac cancer, you could end up paying out of your own pocket. You shouldn’t have to do that.
By working with a product liability lawyer with experience suing drug manufacturers, you can try to collect damages against the at-fault party. By exposing you to excessive amounts of NDMA through Zantac, your increased risk of exposure means that you could recover financial compensation for your medical expenses and pain and suffering.
Surely, no amount of money will erase everything you have been through or magically make everything better, but the money will allow you the opportunity to focus all of your effort and energy on your health and well-being.
If you or a loved one has taken Zantac and now may have cancer, you need to speak with a product liability lawyer as soon as possible. Your ability to recover may depend on the lawyer you choose.
Does Zantac cause cancer?
This is a loaded question, but ultimately, it’s the question everyone is trying to answer. Thus far, the evidence seems to suggest that Zantac does indeed cause cancer. Whether it’s the FDA, the WHO, or the nation’s leading universities, the resounding consensus is that NDMA is a cancer-causing chemical that is found at alarming rates in Zantac and generic ranitidine brands.
However, this does not mean that Zantac itself was manufactured in a way that created contamination during the making of the pill. That is a fine legal distinction. The high levels of NDMA found in Zantac come from ranitidine, the key ingredient. This means the drug is defective by design. Remember, one reason for liability is negligent manufacturing or negligent design. The studies we have cited suggest that Zantac’s design is defective because of its use of ranitidine.
Should I stop taking Zantac?
Yes, immediately. You should stop taking any drug that contains ranitidine. Upon issuance of the FDA mandate to stop selling and prescribing Zantac, your doctor’s office should have contacted you to stop taking the drug and to schedule a visit as soon as possible.
If you have not heard from your doctor, you should still stop taking Zantac immediately. You should also schedule an appointment with your doctor to discuss what other heartburn medication you may benefit from, so you can continue to ease that pain and discomfort. You also want to discuss what to do next to make sure that you do not have cancerous cells in your body after taking Zantac.
Some people mistakenly believe that if they reduce their dosage of Zantac, that will be safe. Unfortunately, because of the extremely high levels of NDMA found in Zantac and ranitidine, no one should take any level of dosage of these medications.
Will I get cancer?
That is a question for you and your doctor to explore. However, we can tell you that based on the studies conducted, that taking even one Zantac pill increases a user’s risk of getting cancer.
This happens because of the NDMA in ranitidine and how it exposes your body to extremely high levels of contamination. There is no guaranteed formula to determine whether you will get cancer due to your use of Zantac. What we do know, however, is that taking Zantac increases your risk and means that you should take immediate action by speaking with your doctor as soon as possible.
Can I take a different heartburn drug?
Thankfully, modern medicine does not put all of its heartburn relief eggs in one basket. As a frequent sufferer of heartburn, you have the option to take other medications that have not shown any connection to cancer.
All of these drugs have been tested for NDMA, and none show any signs of contamination. This is good news for you, as some of these drugs are available over the counter. No matter what, you want to get advice and consultation from your doctor to make sure you are taking the right steps to reduce and potentially eliminate your heartburn without putting yourself at risk of cancer.
You also must make sure that you are not suffering from Zantac cancer. Make sure you get tested and take the appropriate action to keep yourself healthy.
Who is liable?
This is a complex legal question that your lawsuit will attempt to answer. From the evidence we have so far, Zantac and generic ranitidine manufacturers may have known about the potential cancer risks dating back to the 1980s. Your chosen legal representative will try to make the case that the drug manufacturer knew of the risk, chose to ignore the risk, promoted the drug regardless of the risk, and that you took the drug to alleviate your heartburn—only to end up with cancer.
This is a tragic scenario that could have been avoided had the drug manufacturer acted appropriately. That’s why you should bring a claim. It’s an opportunity to hold the at-fault party accountable for its mistakes and for your pain and suffering.
If you retain Dolman Law Group and Sibley Dolman, we will attempt to establish that the drug company put profits over users’ safety.
To strengthen your case, we will try to prove:
The drug company did not adequately research the drug and its long-term consequences.
The drug company knew or should have known of the drug’s risk of cancer.
The drug company failed to act after it became aware of the link between NDMA and cancer.
By making this case, we can help you maximize your ultimate compensation. That money will help pay for your physical recovery. You should not have to worry about your finances during this extremely challenging time in your life. Bringing a claim against the negligent party can take the stress and burden of mounting medical bills off your shoulders, allowing you the time necessary to focus on your health.
Have lawsuits already been filed?
Yes, many. To date, over 100 lawsuits have been brought against Zantac manufacturers, including Sanofi. The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has merged these cases under one United States District Court based in Miami, Florida.
While the court has consolidated these cases, that does not prevent other lawsuits from coming forward, including yours. Furthermore, just because these cases have been consolidated in Florida, does not mean that you have to reside in Florida to bring a claim. This merger was done simply for judicial expediency. If you reside or have been harmed anywhere in the country, then you can bring a Zantac cancer lawsuit. We can help.
Do I qualify for a Zantac class action lawsuit?
Individuals who can prove that they purchased Zantac may qualify to join a class action lawsuit. By joining a class action, you do not have to prove that you have suffered harm. In other words, you do not have to prove that you have Zantac cancer.
Joining a class action allows you to simply show that you purchased Zantac or a generic brand of ranitidine and that you were not warned about the risk of cancer. There is also power in numbers. Joining a class action speaks volumes simply by the number of victims in the class.
Will my case join a class action?
You don’t necessarily have to join a class action to pursue justice. Ultimately, this is a calculated legal decision that will likely depend on the amount of damages that you or your family have suffered.
If you or a loved one took Zantac and was subsequently diagnosed with cancer, you could file a personal injury claim against the manufacturer and/or store that sold you the drug. This path is best for victims who have unfortunately been diagnosed with cancer, as it allows for the largest amount in damages. By filing a personal injury claim, you can attempt to recover maximum compensation for your injuries and your suffering.
What damages may I collect?
This question largely depends on the details of your case. If you have joined a class action and have not suffered from cancer, you likely don’t qualify to pursue significant compensation. If you bring a personal injury claim, however, you may receive more compensation.
You can expect your lawyer to try to collect certain damages for you, including:
Pain and suffering
Lost earning potential
Loss of companionship
Loss of life enjoyment
Present and future medical bills
Every moment of suffering could increase your potential financial recovery. That’s why it is important to discuss your options with a trusted personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. You want to speak with a lawyer who has experience taking on big drug companies. At Dolman Law Group and Sibley Dolman, we have that experience.
Should I settle?
Settlement is always an option during the claims process. However, remember this extremely important point: the insurance or drug company offering you a settlement does not have your best interests at heart.
Insurance companies are in the business of making money. If they pay out the full value of your claim, that cuts into their profits. When an insurance company offers you a quick settlement, you should treat it with caution. The insurance company knows you are suffering, knows you want to put this behind you, and hopes that you do not yet have legal representation.
When you work with a knowledgeable Zantac cancer attorney, you can lean on his or her years of experience and guidance. Your lawyer may tell you that the amount the insurance company offers is too low. He or she will determine this by creating an accurate estimate of your total financial needs. Instead of simply calculating the medical bills you see sitting on your kitchen table, you need to also account for all of your future needs and more subjective damages.
For example, you may face:
Extended hospital stays
Long periods of time out of work or an inability to return to your occupation
Prescription drug costs
Multiple doctor visits
Each of these items comes with extreme financial burdens. Your family members may feel the burden to take on extra work to help cover the financial losses of you being out of work. That is not their burden to bear.
What’s more, if you sign a settlement offer, you will waive your right to bring any future claims against the insurance company. In practice, this means that months or years later, your settlement funds could run out, and if you still have medical expenses to cover, there is nothing you can do to seek additional compensation.
That’s why it is vital to the success of your recovery that you work with a trusted Zantac cancer lawyer. Your legal representative will have your best interests at heart and will work tirelessly to maximize your compensation.
Will my case go to trial?
We know that many people fear trial. Going to trial adds time to your recovery and can result in additional stress during an already stressful time. In many cases, we only take a case like yours to trial if the insurance company refuses to settle for a fair and reasonable amount. When this happens, sometimes the mere threat of a trial is enough to make the insurance company raise its settlement offer. No matter what, we want to be prepared for trial, just in case.
While it is true that most personal injury and product liability claims settle out of court, there is still a possibility that your case will go to trial. That’s why, when choosing the right lawyer for your Zantac cancer lawsuit, you should choose a legal team with drug company trial experience. At Dolman Law Group and Sibley Dolman, we will do everything we can to settle your case without going to trial, but if you have a lawyer at your side who has trial experience, that will help push the insurance company toward a faster and larger settlement.
We also do not want to be surprised at trial, so we will begin preparing for trial right away, even as we work diligently and aggressively to settle your claim.
You Took Zantac. You Have Cancer. What’s Next
Once you’ve realized that you may have been exposed to extremely high doses of NDMA through your Zantac pills, you may have questions and concerns about what happens next. There is a lot of information to digest and lots of decisions you have to make. The decisions become more complex if you have already been diagnosed with cancer.
When you work with the right Zantac cancer lawyer, your best interests are of utmost importance. That’s why you should not delay contacting a lawyer who can help you understand what comes next and answer all of your questions. Your health, well-being, and financial recovery are the most important items in your life right now.
By passing off the financial challenges to your lawyer, you can focus on the other items, giving yourself the best chance of making a full recovery.
Understanding Your Rights
When you suffer injuries due to another party’s negligent actions, you have a right to hold the at-fault party accountable for your suffering. How you hold them accountable, however, will vary based on your specific situation.
In your Zantac cancer case, you will file a claim against the drug manufacturer for negligence. You will argue that based on numerous studies, the manufacturer knew or should have known that NDMA was present in Zantac, and that presence severely increased the chances of you getting cancer. Now that you have been exposed or have been diagnosed with cancer, your life is forever changed.
Your legal remedy is to bring a personal injury claim and hold the manufacturer liable for your pain and suffering. To do that, you should use the knowledge and experience of a personal injury lawyer. You want a lawyer with experience taking on big drug companies, fighting them tooth and nail to hold them accountable for your injuries. Collecting compensation will not take away your pain, but it will give you the chance to focus on your recovery and not worry about paying your bills.
Bringing a Claim for Damages
The damages that you ultimately collect will depend on your specific situation. The more pain and suffering that you can show, the greater the potential recovery amount. You may collect damages for your medical bills as well as your physical pain and suffering. You may also collect for your lost wages and lost future income. The more time you miss from work, the more important seeking compensation for your lost income.
Many victims fail to account for their future financial needs. While you see the medical bills sitting on your kitchen table, and those bills may already amount to a substantial sum, your future needs may vastly outweigh your current financial burden, particularly if you are early on in your treatment and your recovery process. Besides that, the longer your recovery takes, the more time you will spend out of work. When your income dries up, you face extra financial pressure.
In fact, your family members may bear the brunt of this financial stress. They may feel the need to take on extra jobs or work extra hours to balance the loss of your income. This is not a burden that they should bear. Tragically, of all Americans who file bankruptcy each year, two-thirds do so because of medical bills. Don’t let yourself become a statistic.
The best way to counteract this is to work with a lawyer who has experience taking on drug companies and holding them accountable for the pain and suffering they cause. When you can count on your lawyer to handle your claim against the drug manufacturer that caused your cancer, you can let go of the stress and worry around your financial situation, and so can your family members. They can stay at your side and help you recover instead of working a second job to help pay your medical expenses.
With the right legal team at your side, you have the potential to make a full recovery.
Five Steps to Maximize Your Recovery
You can play a part in your ability to recover compensation for your suffering. There are many things you can do to help increase your financial recovery.
By taking the steps below into consideration, you will play an integral role in your ability to recover.
Keep receipts. To prove that you have suffered damages from taking Zantac or other ranitidine pills, you must first show that you purchased those drugs. Keeping your receipts will show with certainty that you purchased these drugs.
See your doctor. Even if you took Zantac for a short time, and even if you do not show any signs or symptoms of cancer, studies indicate that taking just one ranitidine pill is enough to increase your risk of cancer. Because of this, speak with your doctor about your medical condition. Your doctor can give you a complete evaluation and decide whether you need to undergo further testing. You also want to see your doctor regularly following the initial visit, as the cancer caused by Zantac may not show up immediately. In fact, it could take years for you to detect your cancer. Even before you’re aware that you have cancer, it’s already taking its toll on your health and body. That’s why it is so important to get regular checkups. Early cancer detection is the best way to beat cancer.
Keep medical records. Just like keeping receipts, retain copies of your medical records, starting with any prescriptions from your doctor. While Zantac is available over the counter, if your doctor prescribed Zantac, you want to have that information. You also want diagnosis records. If you have been diagnosed with Zantac cancer, having those records on hand will help prove that you suffered injuries at the hands of the drug manufacturer.
Keep a journal. All of this started because you had heartburn. It’s important to remember that you now face a life-threatening condition because of a non-life-threatening condition. That’s part of what makes Zantac cancer so tragic, and that’s also why keeping a journal can help establish your level of suffering. Keep notes about how you feel every day. Note what hurdles you face and how you overcome them (or fail to overcome them). Note your progress and your setbacks. Note what additional medication or procedures you’ve endured, and don’t forget to keep track of your mental health. Discuss openly and truthfully how you feel, because your mental health is just as important as your physical health. By keeping these notes in a journal, you provide first-hand knowledge of your progress, or lack thereof, and give your chosen legal representation intimate insight into the suffering you face. Your journal may help to increase the amount of compensation you recover from the negligent party.
Contact Dolman Law Group and Sibley Dolman. Remember that you do not have to face this alone. Your experienced legal team will work hard to help you maximize your compensation. We will aggressively fight to protect your rights by standing up to the big drug companies and their massive legal teams. We have done it before, and we can do it again.
Settling your case may seem like the best option, and it often is, but only after your lawyer has reviewed the settlement offer. You might think that you can collect more money without a lawyer, because you do not have to pay the lawyer. Unfortunately, that is a mistaken belief. Your best chance of collecting a fair amount is with an experienced lawyer at your side.
The first offer you receive from the insurance company is almost always not its best offer. Remember that the insurance company is not looking out for your best interests. That’s why you need a lawyer at your side who is aggressively fighting to protect your rights and maximize your compensation.
Our firm is committed to helping you get through this challenging time in your life, which means taking on the burden of working through the legal process to help you pursue compensation.
Our results speak for themselves. Over many years, we have had the privilege of working with many clients just like you. Whether they suffered debilitating injuries due to medical malpractice, car accidents, or drug manufacturer negligence, we have helped them successfully recover compensation.
We know money does not take away our clients’ pain and suffering. It does not undo the injuries that they have suffered. However, it does help to ease their worries, and that is often a great relief off their shoulders. When you have to worry about how you will pay your bills, it may prove difficult to focus on your physical well-being. By taking that away, you can put all of your effort and energy into your physical recovery, giving yourself the best chance of getting better and getting back to the life you love.
That is our ultimate goal. We want to play a part in easing your suffering, removing the stress from your shoulders, and giving you every chance you deserve to get better.
How Our Lawyers Can Help You
When you suffer from heartburn, you should expect that whatever prescription your doctor gives you or whatever medicine you take over the counter solves your pain and discomfort. You should have confidence that the medicine you take will not give you a worse ailment. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened to people like you who took Zantac.
If we can connect your cancer to Zantac or other ranitidine tablets, you may wind up successfully recovering compensation from the drug manufacturer for your injuries. You should not have to suffer through this tragic time in your life while the big drug companies get by unscathed. Hold them accountable for their actions and for their choices that have made you and so many others suffer unspeakable tragedies.
Due to its very makeup, Zantac increases your risk of developing cancer, and that’s not okay. That’s not what we expect or hope for, but when it happens, victims like you deserve compensation for their suffering.
At Dolman Law Group and Sibley Dolman, we specialize in holding these companies liable for their negligence and recovering damages for our injured clients. Our goal is to make sure that you succeed in your claim and maximize your compensation.
Battling big multinational drug companies is not for the faint of heart, and not all law firms have the resources necessary to take on this type of complex legal case. You need a lawyer with experience battling these big drug companies and with the resources necessary to put up a fight. Your legal team should have connections to expert medical experts that can help prove your case. Simply saying you were harmed is not enough—you have to prove it, and one of the best ways to do that is to use expert medical witnesses.
It is not an exaggeration to say that the lawyer you choose can make a difference in the outcome of your Zantac cancer claim. Choosing the right legal representation is of paramount importance. Make sure you get a lawyer with the right experience, but also a lawyer you trust to help you pursue justice.
If you or a loved one has taken Zantac or any other generic brand of ranitidine, you may qualify for compensation. To find out for sure, speak with our trusted Zantac cancer lawyers today by calling (833) 606-DRUG .
At Dolman Law Group and Sibley Dolman, our experienced team is ready to speak with you about your options and show you how we can help you recover compensation. We provide our clients with award-winning legal representation that has earned us a long history of successful cases and satisfied clients. Reach out today!
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