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Fighting for Victims Harmed by Dangerous Zantac Products
Zantac is a drug used to prevent and treat ulcers in the stomach and intestines by limiting the amount of acid the stomach produces. In 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned all retailers to stop selling Zantac produced with ranitidine, as the compound has been linked to a heightened risk of developing cancer.
If you took Zantac and later received a cancer diagnosis, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer or join an existing mass tort action. At Shane Smith Law, we aggressively represent victims who suffered adverse effects after consuming dangerous and defective drugs. Our Zantac cancer lawyers understand how these cases are decided and will fight to recover the compensation you deserve.
Do not hesitate to call (980) 246-2656 or contact us online if you experienced any harmful side effects after taking a Zantac product. Se habla español.
What Is Zantac?
Zantac is primarily made up of ranitidine, a compound that was found to contain unacceptable and dangerous levels of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which is believed to increase the risk of many types of cancer. The evidence was so strong that the FDA has intervened, and several prominent products containing this chemical have been recalled. Individuals looking to treat or prevent ulcers and other stomach acid-related conditions have generally been encouraged to explore safer alternatives, but for many, the damage is already done.
The Dangers of Zantac Drugs
As a direct result of the FDA’s warnings, Zantac containing ranitidine is largely no longer commercially available. If you previously took any version of the drug, you should seek a full medical evaluation, including a cancer screening, as soon as possible.
The NDMA contained in ranitidine-based Zantac is believed to increase the risk of developing a variety of cancers, including:
- Bladder cancer
- Brain cancer
- Colon cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Intestinal cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Testicular cancer
If you developed any of the above types of cancer after using a no-longer-available Zantac product, you may have a strong claim. Zantac can also potentially cause several other serious conditions, including Chron’s disease and primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH).
Types of Damages You Can Recover in a Zantac Cancer Lawsuit
You can potentially obtain both economic and non-economic damages through a Zantac cancer lawsuit. The amount of compensation will be tied to how you proceed with your case. If you join a class action, you will split the damage award with the other members of the class. If you bring your claim individually (or through multi-district litigation), you can potentially recover a level of compensation that is tied to your specific provable damages.
Damages you may be able to recover in a Zantac cancer lawsuit include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
Why Shane Smith Law?
At Shane Smith Law, we have an exceptional track record of delivering successful outcomes to our clients. We have settled over 10,000 personal injury cases and have the skills, knowledge, and tenacity required to win. Our team also deeply cares about your well-being and will do everything we can to facilitate every aspect of your recovery, which is why we will leverage our comprehensive network to connect you with quality treatment providers. When you hire our firm, you get a group of talented legal professionals who is dedicated to your case and will provide the relentless advocacy you need to get justice.
If you think you may have a Zantac cancer claim, do not wait to call (980) 246-2656 or contact us online.
To successfully pursue a Zantac cancer lawsuit against the product’s manufacturer, you will need to establish a link between your use of the drug and your cancer diagnosis. First, you must prove you took a brand name Zantac product containing ranitidine for at least one year. An alternative or non-brand-name drug will not suffice. Usage can be proven through medical records or receipts for over-the-counter purchases.
Next, you must show you were diagnosed with a qualifying form of cancer (or another condition) within 20 years of the last time you used Zantac.
You will have a more difficult time proving a link between your Zantac use and your condition if you were diagnosed more than 20 years after your last use of the product.
Finally, you must start the legal process within your state’s statute of limitations. If you do not file your claim promptly, you could miss the applicable deadline and be barred from recovering damages. In some situations, you may be able to join a class action after your personal statute of limitations has expired, but you must do so expediently.
Our Zantac cancer attorneys can help you understand how much time you have and what your options are.
What Is the Role of an Attorney in a Zantac Cancer Lawsuit?
A lawyer can guide your claim through each stage of the legal process. They can also advise whether it is in your best interest to join an existing class action or pursue an individual claim. In either scenario, your attorney will gather evidence, procure expert testimony, handle legal formalities, and build a compelling case.
A Zantac cancer lawsuit does not necessarily have to go to trial. Your lawyer will work to negotiate a settlement with the manufacturer, which can get you the compensation you deserve faster. Settlements tend to be more feasible when there is an abundance of evidence linking your cancer diagnosis to your use of Zantac products.
If a trial does become necessary, your lawyer will advocate for you in and out of the courtroom. If you decide to join a class action, your attorney will work with the other legal teams to protect your interests as your case proceeds. In either approach, your representative will do everything possible to maximize your recovery and favorably resolve the case as efficiently as possible.
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