Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with cancer or suffered other health issues after taking Zantac? If so, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, medical bills, lost income, and more. The experienced Zantac injury lawyers at Lattof & Lattof, P.C., can help you stand up to powerful pharmaceutical companies and demand the money you need and deserve.
We offer a free initial case evaluation, so don’t hesitate to call us at (251) 432-6691 to discuss your case with one of the Lattof & Lattof, P.C., attorneys.
How Our Attorneys Can Help You Fight for the Compensation You Deserve
Since its introduction to the market in 1983, millions of Americans have taken Zantac (ranitidine) to relieve heartburn and acid reflux. Now, this once-popular drug is being recalled by manufacturers throughout the United States. They are doing so because the FDA announced that it contains NDMA (N-nitrosodimethylamine) – an organic compound that presents a cancer risk to patients.
As a result of these voluntary recalls, many patients are filing Zantac injury lawsuits to recover compensation for damages caused by this heartburn medication. If your health has been negatively impacted by taking Zantac, our Mobile personal injury lawyers may be able to help you do the same.
Our law firm believes that drug manufacturers who sell dangerous medications to the general public should be held accountable for their actions. So, when you ask us to assist you with your Zantac lawsuit, we will:
Help You Understand the Legal Process
If like most people, you have never filed a defective drug lawsuit before, you may not know what to expect from the process. As a result, you are likely to find yourself becoming quite confused and flustered by seemingly unexpected events. If your case is especially complex, you may even feel like giving up part of the way through it.
Here at Lattof & Lattof, PC, we understand how irritating it can be to feel lost in the legal process. As such, when you hire us, we will try to help you avoid feeling this way by taking the time to sit down with you and walk you through the system. If you have any questions as you move forward, we will be more than happy to answer those, too.
Negotiate with the Other Party’s Attorneys
As your defective drug case progresses, the other party’s legal team may decide to reach out to offer you a settlement deal. Should you wish to consider the possibility of accepting such an agreement, you would be wise to try to negotiate its financial terms first.
The attorneys here at Lattof & Lattof, PC, in Mobile, have years of experience negotiating complex settlement agreements with large corporations and their legal teams. We understand what they need to see and hear before they will improve their offers. When you work with our law firm in Mobile, Alabama, you can be confident that your best interests will be well represented at the negotiating table.
Represent You in Court
If the other party’s attorneys are unwilling to resolve your defective drug case via the settlement process, you will need to take them to court. There, a judge and jury will review evidence from both parties and decide how much (if any) compensation you should receive.
Over the years, our skilled dangerous drug lawyers have argued on behalf of clients in courtrooms through Alabama and the United States. As such, we know how to state a case in a clear and concise manner. When we represent you, we will ensure that the judge and jury understand your need for financial restitution.
Would you like to hire a skilled mass tort attorney from Lattof & Lattof, PC, to help you fight for compensation from a drug maker? Then please do not hesitate to pick up the phone and give us a call. We would love to arrange a free consultation to discuss your case in greater detail.
Zantac Lawsuits – Understanding the Problem
Zantac and its generics were available for sale in the United States for almost 40 years. During that time, it was commonly used to treat illnesses and ailments, such as:
- Stomach ulcers
- Erosive esophagitis
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease, and
- Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.
Zantac was once one of the most popular prescription and over-the-counter medications in the nation. As the first drug in history to generate more than $1 billion in sales, it was also extremely profitable.
When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Zantac contained NDMA (N-nitrosodimethylamine) on September 13, 2019, its popularity and profitability dropped in a hurry.
What is NDMA?
NDMA (N-nitrosodimethylamine) is an environmental contaminant that is frequently found in water and food – especially in processed meats. This organic chemical is highly toxic and has been shown to cause cancer in animals. It is also a suspected human carcinogen.
According to the FDA, it is “reasonably safe” for people to ingest up to 0.096 micrograms of NDMA per day. However, its tests of Zantac and other ranitidine medications found that many samples exceeded this limit.
Once this information became public, the Zantac recalls began. Now, it is almost impossible to find ranitidine-based products anywhere in North America.
Have you become sick because of NDMA contamination in your acid reflux medication? If so, you may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit against the manufacturer. Reach out to the knowledgeable lawyers here at Lattof & Lattof, PC, in Mobile, to learn more about your legal options.
Consequences of NDMA Exposure
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and a host of other public health associations, long-term exposure to NDMA (N-nitrosodimethylamine) can be dangerous to humans. Individuals who regularly exceed the recommended daily limit of this organic chemical have been known to develop the following types of cancer:
- Liver cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Lung cancer
- Small intestine cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Leukemia, and
- Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.
Unfortunately, cancer is not the only possible negative consequence of NDMA exposure. Patients may also experience the following symptoms and conditions:
- Abdominal cramps
- Liver scarring
- Low blood pressure
- Reduced lung function
- Reduced kidney function, and
- Reduced liver function.
Have you been diagnosed with cancer or any other health condition after taking Zantac or one of its many generics? If so, you may be able to claim compensation to help cover your medical bills and other expenses. Contact our personal injury law firm in Mobile, AL, today to have one of our experienced lawyers review your eligibility.
Compensation Available in Zantac Lawsuits
In February 2020, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation referred more than 140 Zantac-related lawsuits to U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenberg of the Southern District of Florida. The defendants in these cases include:
- GlaxoSmithKline, and
- Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals.
The outcomes of these personal injury and class action lawsuits in Florida are likely to have a sizable impact on the amount of financial restitution that sick and injured Zantac users across the nation can recover should they choose to pursue legal action.
Most legal experts agree that eligible plaintiffs should be able to recover compensation for their:
- Medical expenses
- Ongoing healthcare costs
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life, and
- Mental anguish.
The families of people who died as a result of taking Zantac may also be eligible to receive restitution for loss of consortium as well as burial and funeral costs.
Do you need help fighting for compensation for a Zantac-related illness or injury? Then please contact the law firm of Lattof & Lattof, PC, at your earliest convenience. We are always ready, willing, and able to assist our friends and neighbors here in Mobile.
Deadline for Filing Zantac Lawsuits in Alabama
Section 6-2-38 of the Code of Alabama explains that the statute of limitations for defective drug lawsuits in the Yellowhammer State is two years. So, anyone who wants to pursue compensation for a Zantac-related illness through the Alabama civil court system must begin the process before the second anniversary of the day they discovered their ailment.
Defective drug cases that take place within the federal court system may be subject to different deadlines. As such, individuals who think they may have a valid claim should move forward with their lawsuit as quickly as possible.
Is your statutory window set to close in the coming months? Then please do not hesitate to reach out to the legal team here at Lattof & Lattof, PC, in Mobile. We might be able to file your Zantac lawsuit right away.
Guidance for Patients Who Are Taking or Have Recently Taken Zantac
The news Zantac recalls has understandably frightened people who regularly take the drug to treat their acid reflux or heartburn issues. However, the FDA has warned that such patients should not stop taking their pills without first speaking to their physician.
Their doctor is likely to recommend that they switch to an alternative medication, such as:
- Prevacid, or
In the months and years after they make this switch, their physician can continue to monitor them for signs of cancer and other Zantac-related illnesses.
Your Attorneys for Zantac Injury Lawsuits in Mobile, AL
The attorneys here at Lattof & Lattof, PC, have been helping the people of Mobile fight for financial restitution for their injuries and illnesses for many years. If your health and wellbeing have been negatively impacted by taking Zantac, we will be there for you as well. To set up a free consultation with a member of our team, all you need to do is give us a call or contact us online.