Many People are Considering a Zantac Cancer Lawsuit Because of NDMA Concentration
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration FDA put out a warning in April 2020 regarding the popular heartburn medication Zantac ranitidine because it contains N Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). High levels of NDMA could lead to cancer including stomach cancer, bladder cancer breast cancer, kidney cancer, and prostate cancer among others.
The heartburn drug Zantac and ranitidine medications is supposed to fix stomach acid, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), but it may cause cancer per the FDA drug warning.
If you took ranitidine drugs like Zantac and are are diagnosed with cancer, you should learn about your rights to recover through a Zantac lawsuit or class action if it applies. Zantac cancer class lawsuit may address the harm that the over the counter medication, Zantac ranitidine, had on people and targets the United States drug companies that made and distributed it.
Remember, the brand name is Zantac, but ranitidine is the active ingredient in Zantac and it is the cancer risk (cancer causing chemical) in ranitidine products. We have learned now that you could get cancer after taking Zantac. Anyone that took the ranitidine drug may be diagnosed with cancer or experience side effects due to the NDMA levels and that the drug companies failed to warn consumers.
Talk to Attorneys from Our Law Firm about Zantac and NDMA
People that took Zantac are just realizing now that there is NDMA in Zantac that could cause cancer. If you took cancer and have questions about a Zantac cancer lawsuit or class actions, contact our law firm. We are one of a few law firms working on Zantac lawsuits against the drug companies that make Zantac ranitidine and ranitidine products.
We allege that the ranitidine drug substance may lead to cancer for Zantac users and are backed up by the FDA warning. Talk to us if you or anyone you knew took prescription ranitidine about how Zantac cases can help you. Law firms like ours, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC, follow U.S. Food and Drug Administration FDA warnings and can help craft Zantac cancer lawsuits.
In the sections that follow, our attorneys will discuss the types of claims that victims who took this brand name heartburn drug may be able to bring because of the cancer causing substance within it, N Nitrosodimethylamine NDMA.
Zantac Lawsuit and Class Action Lawsuits for NDMA in the Over the Counter Heartburn Medication
Before discuss what type of Zantac cancer lawsuits you may bring with qualified attorneys from a capable law firm, let us briefly mention what part of the law allows you to bring cases at all if you took Zantac. After we review this topic on lawsuits, you will know better if you qualify for a Zantac ranitidine cause of action.
Drug manufacturers, like the ones that make Zantac ranitidine, have a duty to make and sell safe drugs. Also, they must warn you if their prescription drug or over the counter medication is not safe and how it is not safe.
For example, if their heartburn medication causes cancer, Zollinger Ellison Syndrome, or other side effects, then they could be responsible for the damage that results.
The FDA and World Health Organization have warned about the dangers of NDMA in Zantac. If you took Zantac ranitidine, then you may qualify for a Zantac case or lawsuits because of this NDMA exposure or actual cancer like stomach cancer. But what kind of Zantac lawsuits or lawsuit generally should you bring? We review that now.
Class Action Zantac Lawsuit
Class actions are used when many people are harmed in the relatively the same manner and method. There are already these class action cases for purported Zantac – NDMA harms in Connecticut, California, and New Jersey. These cases generally allege that they were not properly warned of the dangers of ranitidine and suffered minor injuries once they took Zantac.
Rather than filing your own claim, here you would just join the class. Then, the representative plaintiff and their attorneys would advocate on behalf of the whole class of victims. Since the FDA has already suggested that ranitidine the active ingredient in Zantac is unsafe because of NDMA breakdown and that was not told to consumers, the major thrust of the suit has been decided.
Zantac Multidistrict Litigation Claims
Multi-district litigation (MDL) cases are organized when many people are injured similarly but have enough different factual circumstances that necessitate separate trials. What an MDL action does is settle pre-trial issues on behalf of all plaintiffs in order to expedite the whole swathe of litigation. This not only speeds up things but it also makes settlement easier.
Note, this allows individuals a lot more flexibility once they get to court. For instance, with their attorneys, they can show how the NDMA in the Zantac ranitidine harmed them more than other victims generally. This will let them make the case for more compensation and damages. We turn ton the topic of compensation and relief in a Zantac lawsuit now.
What You Can Get in a Zantac Ranitidine Claim for NDMA Exposure
If you took ranitidine and NDMA, then your recovery depends upon your injuries and the kind of claim you bring or join. For that, you really only have two options.
First, you can join the class actions that were already filed. For that, you may be able recover under consumer fraud protections since they did not warn you of the dangers of the drug (NDMA). This will be probably a nominal sum of money.
Second, if you think you suffered uniquely because of ranitidine and NDMA, then you can pursue an individual action. Here, you will first be directed to the MDL proceeding but then you can make your own case at trial once that has resolved. Once you are at this point, you can present your own claims and full damages to a jury. This may allow you to recover much more than through any class claims.
Awards and Settlements Involving Mass Tort Claims Like Ranitidine and NDMA
While we cannot say exactly what you may obtain in a case if you are diagnosed with cancer after taking ranitidine, we can compare it to other jury awards and settlement amounts from other mass tort lawsuits, including these:
$1,244,850 Settlement; Chicago, Illinois Wrongful Death Lawsuit; 2019:
The decedent in this legal dispute was a veteran and lifelong plumber. Over the course of many years during his employment, he was exposed to asbestos as a part of his job. Eventually, his doctors diagnosed him with mesothelioma and that disease took his life when he was just sixty-five years old. His wife and daughter were left to pick up the pieces and move on after this tragic ordeal. They sued the makers of the products that he used while working and the companies that employed him.
Through their counsel, they argued that the defendants were negligent and responsible for his wrongful death. They sought financial compensation for his untimely passing, pain, and suffering as well as their losses including expenses, grief, and lost companionship, among other things. Despite being clearly in the wrong, the defendants put up a long legal battle that lasted many years, but the family prevailed in the end and recovered a little more than $1 million for their harms
$300,000 Settlement; Lead Poison Cases; Chicago; 1998:
This case was brought on behalf of two little children. While living at their apartment in the city of Chicago, they ingested paint chips containing lead that was later determined to cause cancer. The children eventually even suffered the effects of cancer and had to go through rigorous rounds of treatment costing the family tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills. Down the road, doctors could deduce the long-term effects of the lead exposure including cognitive disabilities including attention deficit disorder.
They sued the maker of the paint as well as the property management company for products liability and negligence, respectively. The pair of defendants initially refuted any liability or even responsibilities for this chain of events. They replied that there could be no evidence establishing they caused these kids to suffered these types of cancer or that anything they exposed them to may cause cancer. Yet, after faced with overwhelming evidence, they relented and settled for $300,000.
$4,600,000 Jury Award; St. Louis, Missouri; 2018:
This case was brought on behalf of about two dozen women. They claimed that talc-based products made by Johnson & Johnson had asbestos in them and gave them cancer, primarily ovarian cancer. The company strongly refuted these charges, and, refusing to settle, the matter proceeded to jury trial where the substantive merits of the dispute were put to a trial. In court, various women alleged long-term use of talcum powder and other items made by Johnson & Johnson.
They asserted their subsequent cancer contraction was related to this usage. In fact, several thousand other people are making the same allegations in different cases around the country. Here, a jury ruled for the women and awarded them over $4 billion.
Of that sum, over $2 billion of the award was for punitive damages-meant to deter reckless conduct. In this situation, claims were heard that the company knew of the risk of cancer but took no steps to reduce that danger or alert the public to its possible existence. This could have led the court to award such extraordinary punitive damages.
$10,739,300 Settlement for Toxic Pollution Case in Chicago, Illinois; 2010:
This class of cases targeted several different defendants but it primarily focused on a barrel company that ran an illegal and unlicensed disposal operation on the south side of Chicago. They took barrels that used to contain harmful and toxic substances (like paint and other chemicals), cleaned them, and then resold them. The barrel company did this over nearly five decades, finally ending around 2000. There were over seventy plaintiffs that joined and filed lawsuits.
They argued many of the same basic points. Primarily, their contention was that the toxic substances leaked out and polluted the nearby community. This caused local residents to get cancer, related injuries, and experience other harms and losses. The defendants shot back with a lot of stock arguments. They denied causation.
For example, how could you prove that anything we did caused your cancer? Then, they tried to dismiss the plaintiffs’ injuries. Yet, the commonality of harm and egregious extent of injuries could not be denied and this meant the defendants would probably be on the hook. To avoid an overly sympathetic jury, the defendants opted to settle for the high sum of over $10 million.
Talk to a Lawyer if You are Worried about Cancer after taking Zantac
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC has represented many families on mass personal injury claims and are aware that a lot of people are concerned that they may develop an illness after taking Zantac or if Ranitidine products with high levels of NDMA cause cancerous conditions. Contact us to speak about the FDA recall regarding NDMA, the risk of cancer, or if you were diagnosed with cancer.
We work on contingency fee agreements so you do not have to pay for anything until we secure an award or settlement for your ranitidine injuries. Contact us for a free consultation today. You deserve to get relief and we may be able to get you help.
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- How much are Zantac cases worth?
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