Find Out How Long You Have to File a Case for Your Injuries
Ever since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said there might be health problems associated with Zantac and any ranitidine product, people started to consider filing Zantac cases cases and a Zantac lawsuit.
The essential thrust of any Zantac cancer trials and Zantac lawsuits is that the N Nitrosodimethylamine NDMA in Zantac (a popular heartburn drug sold over the counter) might give you cancer after taking it.
Drug companies and drug manufacturers would be responsible for the types of cancer that consumers contracted including stomach cancer, lung cancer, and whatever type of cancer or cancer diagnosis that the ranitidine medications caused.
Zantac Cancer Recall Lawsuit Information
However, cancers lawsuits must be filed by a certain deadline known as the statute of limitations. This time limit blocks all Zantac lawsuits, including class action lawsuits, that are not brought within a certain time after discovering the personal injury.
Normally, cancer victims have at least one year to file a Zantac ranitidine lawsuit after you are diagnoses with cancer foe the health problems you or a loved one suffered because you took Zantac.
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Jonathan: So one of the things that is related to every single type of civil action is the statute of limitations, the time that you have to file a lawsuit. How does the statute of limitations come into play with respect to Zantac lawsuits? In other words, if someone’s watching this and, you know, they think they may have a potential case, and they’re asking you, “How long do I have to file a case?” How would you respond to that?
Martin: Well, the first question I would ask is, “In what state did you take Zantac?” So one of the most important things is for a client or potential client to immediately call a lawyer and have them assess their case. Because the statute of limitations that would apply would be the one typically where the exposure happens, so where the client was buying the Zantac, taking it. And that state’s statute of limitations for personal injury cases, for products liability cases would apply. So that’s why it’s very important for somebody who may have a case to immediately call a lawyer experienced in this type of case and find out when your statute of limitations is.
What are Statutes of Limitations?
Statutes of limitations are laws that prohibit you from bringing a case if you wait too long after the original injury or event. If you do do file a lawsuit before that deadline expires, then the defendant can simply move to dismiss the case based on the affirmative defense that it is not timely. In this sense, it is similar to a discovery rule or other procedural tactic used in court.
Why Do States Have a Statute of Limitations?
There are several reasons that courts employ these laws, including the following:
- It helps expedite cases.
- Memories, witnesses, and evidence fades over time so it is better to try cases sooner to when the underlying events happened.
- It saves the courts time and money to try a lawsuit or case earlier rather than later.
- There is a different statute of limitations for each different cause of action. For instance, Illinois has ones for negligence and personal (735 Ill. Comp. Stat.5/13-202 (2010)), wrongful death (740 Ill. Comp. Stat. 180/2 (2010)), breach of contract (735 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/13-206 (2010)), and more. To figure out which statute of limitations applies to your Zantac injuries, consult an experienced Zantac cancer attorney.
The Deadline for Bringing a Zantac Case
In Illinois, the statute of limitations to sue Zantac drug manufacturers is two years from the date when you discovered your injuries. Other states may give you more or less time to file an action after being diagnosed with cancer. If you discovered your illness before the recall, your time period most likely started winding down in 2019.
However, even if the relevant statute of limitation have expired, a good attorney may still be able to bring a Zantac lawsuit on your behalf. That is because there are several exceptions to these rules which toll or, in some cases, even extend the deadline.
Talk to expert legal counsel in a free consultation to identify your deadline today and review the statutes of limitations for each state in the following chart.
State Years to File a Zantac Case Statute
Alabama 2 Years, Ala. Stat. 6-2-38
Alaska 2 Years, Alaska Stat. § 09.10.070(a)
Arizona 2 Years, A.R.S. 12.-542
Arkansas 3 Years, A.C.A. § 16-116-103
California 2 Years, Cal. Civ. Proc. § Code 335.1
Colorado 2 Years, C.R.S. § 13-80-106(1)
Connecticut 3 Years, C.G.S.A. § 52-577(a)
Delaware 2 Years, 10 Del. C. § 8119 § 8107
D.C. 3 Years, D.C. Code § 12-301
Florida 4 Years, F.S.A. § 95.11(3)(a),(e),(k)
Georgia 2 Years, O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33
Hawaii 2 Years, Haw. Rev. Stat. § 657-7
Idaho 2 Years, Idaho Code § 5-219
Illinois 2 Years, 735 I.L.C.S. § 5/13-202
Indiana 2 Years, I.C. § 34-11-2-4
Iowa 2 Years, I.C.A. § 614.1(2)
Kansas 2 Years, K.S.A. § 60-513
Kentucky 1 Year, K.R.S. § 413.140(1)(a)
Louisiana 1 Year, L.S.A.-C.C. Art. § 3492
Maine 6 Years, 14 M.R.S.A. § 752
Maryland 3 Years, Md. Cts. & Jud. Proc. Code § 5-101
Massachusetts 3 Years, Mass. Ann. Laws Ch. 260 §§ 2A and 4
Michigan 3 Years, M.C.L.A. § 600.5805
Minnesota 4 Years, M.S.A. § 541.05 subd.2
Mississippi 3 Years, M.C.A. § 15-1-49
Missouri 5 Years, Mo. Rev. Stat § 516.120
Montana 3 Years, Mont. Stat. § 27-2-202
Nebraska 4 Years, Neb. Rev. Stat § 25-224(1)
Nevada 4 Years, N.R.S. § 11.190
New Hampshire 3 Years, N.H.Rev. Stat. Ann. § 508:4(I)
New Jersey 2 Years, N.J.S.A. § 2A:14-1
New Mexico 3 Years, N.M.S.A. § 37-1-8
New York 3 Years, N.Y.C.P.L.R. § 214, et seq.
North Carolina 3 Years, N.C.G.S.A. § 1-52-(16)
North Dakota 6 Years, N.D.C.C § 28-01-16(5)
Ohio 2 Years, O.R.C.A. § 2305.10(A)
Oklahoma 2 Years, Okla. Stat. Ann. Tit. 12, § 95
Oregon 2 Years, O.R.S. § 30.905(1-3)
Pennsylvania 2 Years, 42 P.S. § 5524
Rhode Island 3 Years, R.I.G.L. § 9-1-14(b)
South Carolina 3 Years, S.C. Code Ann. §§ 15-3-530, 5-3-535
South Dakota 3 Years, S.D.C.L. § 15-2-12.2
Tennessee 1 Year, T.C.A. § 28-3-104
Texas 2 Years, Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code Ann. § 16.003
Utah 2 Years, U.C.A. § 78B-6-706
Vermont 3 Years, Vt. Stat. Ann. Tit. 12, § 512(4),(5)
Virginia 2 Years, Va. St. § 8.01-243(A)
Washington 3 Years, R.C.W.A. § 7.72.060(3)
West Virginia 2 Years, W. Va. Code § 5 5-2-12
Wisconsin 3 Years, Wis. Stat. § 893.54
Wyoming 4 Years, Wyo. Stat. § 1-3-105(a)(iv)(C)
Illinois’ Discovery Rules May Extend Your Time to File a Zantac Case
Understand that your statute of limitations time window does not begin until you discover your injuries from Zantac, cancer or anything else. This should add a certain latency period for when you get the disease until when you discover it or notice its symptoms. During that period, no time comes off the clock.
Now, you need to reasonable when evaluating your health and cannot willfully ignore obvious signs, but this may keep your case alive when you thought it ordinarily would have expired. Discuss these issues in more depth with your attorney.
What You Need to Do before the Statute of Limitations Expires
In the rush of learning about your harm after consuming Zantac, you may forget that time is of the essence for your legal claims. Every minute matters. Success means not squandering any chance you have to build you claim for damage.
While the two-year statute of limitations may seem like a lot of time, there is a lot to do. For starters, you should investigate who told you to take the OTC medication and how you acquired it. Then, you may want to consult your doctor or other health care professionals to learn about the extent of the damage it had on you.
Finally, talk to a lawyer who specializes in Zantac claims. He or she will should be able to show you how to bring a successful cause of action before the applicable statute of limitations expires.
Create an Attorney Client Relationship Before the Statute of Limitations Deadline
People that took Zantac or used Zantac across the United States are finding out they may have health problems because it contains N Nitrosodimethylamine NDMA. The attorneys at our law firm, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC, are at the forefront of ranitidine Zantac lawsuits for patients that got cancer after taking Zantac.
If you have questions about a Zantac cancer lawsuit, the statute of limitations deadline time limit, or anything else regarding the over the counter ranitidine drug, talk to a personal injury lawyer from our law office.
Our experts can make it a priority to get your Zantac lawsuit in on time within the statute of limitations if you or a loved on were diagnosed with cancer after taking Zantac.
The next few sections discuss over the counter Zantac ranitidine, improper levels of NDMA, step 1 for analyzing the Zantac recall, and other important topics you need to review. Contact us for a free consultation and legal advice on ranitidine statutes of limitations or use our website as soon as possible.
Illinois Mass Tort Injury Awards and Settlements
While we cannot say exactly what you may obtain in a case if you are diagnosed with cancer (ranitidine) after taking Zantac, we can compare it to other jury awards and settlement amounts from similar mass tort lawsuits, including these:
$1,244,850 Settlement; Chicago Wrongful Death Case; 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 Agreement; Lead Cancer Risk Lawsuit; Chicago Illinois; 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 in Toxic Pollution Claims in 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.
Schedule a Free Consultation with a Zantac Lawyer
If you want to file a lawsuit or join a class action lawsuit, speak with Zantac attorneys at the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC. We can schedule a free consultation to discuss the dangerous levels of NDMA in Zantac, risk of cancer, the discovery rule in cases, medical records review, cancer lawsuits generally, wrongful death cases, and much more
Plus, we can help you or a loved one file a Zantac lawsuit or cases for ranitidine products that drug manufacturers negligently made as soon as possible so it is done before the statute of limitations deadline. You may be eligible for relief and compensation especially if you are diagnosed with cancer (human carcinogen).
Our attorneys are working vigorously on Zantac and NDMA case litigation in major states including Illinois, North Carolina, California, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Florida. Find out if you can file a Zantac lawsuit or join a class action lawsuit if the Zantac did cause cancer before the statute of limitations expires. Note, this is attorney advertising.
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