Have you been diagnosed with cancer after taking the heartburn medication, Zantac? If so, you may be like thousands of Americans who are filing legal claims against the drug manufacturers for downplaying the Zantac cancer link. The dedicated drug injury attorneys at Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C. can evaluate your case, identify your legal options, and fight for justice for you.
When you need to go up against big pharmaceutical corporations, you need a law firm with the experience and resources to stand up for you. Our Zantac lawyers won’t let you be bullied by big businesses who want to protect their bottom lines instead of your health. For more than 40 years, our team of dedicated attorneys has protected clients who have suffered harm through no fault of their own.
We have a reputation for excellence and the legal muscle to take on the most complex cases. Our firm has secured more than $500 million in settlements and verdicts for our clients throughout the state of New Jersey and New York.
To learn more, call or contact us today for a free consultation with a skilled Zantac recall lawsuit attorney. We can meet with you at your home, the hospital, by phone, or via videoconference. Our firm also employs Spanish-speaking staff and can bring translators for many other languages so that you can work with us comfortably.
What Is Zantac?
Zantac, known by the generic name ranitidine, is used to treat a wide variety of gastrointestinal issues, including gastroesophageal reflux disease, stomach ulcers, and other conditions caused by the excessive production of stomach acid. Zantac and its generic equivalents have been sold as prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) tablets, capsules, and oral solutions.
Why Are Patients Filing Zantac Lawsuits?
The FDA issued an immediate market recall for all prescription and over-the-counter versions of Zantac (ranitidine), including generic ranitidine, in April 2020. People who have taken Zantac and ranitidine have been filing lawsuits since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that the drug may pose a risk to public health. Many ranitidine products were found to contain N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a probable human carcinogen, at levels several thousand times above those considered safe by the FDA.
Studies found that as Zantac sat in storage, chemical reactions caused the concentrations of NDMA to increase beyond acceptable levels. In addition, it’s believed that ranitidine will form high levels of NDMA in the stomach during digestion. Manufacturers of Zantac and its generic forms, including pharmaceutical company Sanofi, voluntarily recalled the OTC medication in 2019.
Individuals who took Zantac and were later diagnosed with one of the types of cancers believed to be linked to Zantac and NDMA have filed lawsuits against the drugmakers under negligence and product liability laws. Plaintiffs in these lawsuits seek to hold the drug manufacturers responsible for putting this dangerous and defective medication on the market and causing life-threatening injuries to the public.
Zantac lawsuits allege that Sanofi, and other ranitidine manufacturers, knew about the danger of their products being contaminated with NDMA but failed to advise consumers of the risks.
What Are the Most Common Zantac Injuries and Side Effects?
Long-term use of Zantac and ranitidine is believed to potentially lead to the development of many different types of cancers, including:
- Bladder cancer
- Breast cancer
- Colorectal/intestinal cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Liver cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Lung cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Prostate cancer
Potential symptoms and side effects that might indicate you are suffering from a more serious injury due to Zantac include:
- Fever or chills
- Stomach pain
- Loss of appetite
- Dark urine
- Cough or chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Irregular heartbeat
- Unusual bruising or bleeding
If you are diagnosed with cancer that may have been caused by Zantac use, you may also suffer significant side effects due to the harsh and invasive treatments for cancer, such as chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery.
What Is the Average Settlement for a Zantac Lawsuit?
If you have been harmed by taking the heartburn medication, Zantac, you may be entitled to recover compensation by filing or joining a Zantac lawsuit.
Compensation possible from a Zantac lawsuit may include:
- Medical costs
- Reimbursement for other out-of-pocket expenses related to your treatment, such as transportation to and from medical appointments
- Lost wages from missed work due to cancer treatment
- Lost earning capacity, if your condition prevents you from working
- Physical pain and emotional distress
- Lost enjoyment or quality of life due to a reduced life expectancy
- Scarring or disfigurement from the condition or treatment
- Permanent or short-term disabilities
The amount of compensation you may recover in a Zantac lawsuit settlement will depend on the extent of the harm you have suffered. For example, if you develop cancer due to Zantac use but your condition is caught at an early stage and can be easily treated, you would likely receive a lower settlement amount than if you have a more advanced stage of cancer or one with a lower survival rate.
How Our Zantac Lawyers Can Help You
If you live in New Jersey or New York and believe you developed cancer after taking Zantac or ranitidine, let a Zantac lawsuit lawyer from Davis, Saperstein & Salomon help you by:
- Reviewing your treatment records and consulting with medical experts to determine whether Zantac may have caused your cancer
- Discussing your legal rights and options for pursuing a claim by filing or joining a Zantac lawsuit
- Collecting persuasive evidence to document your losses
- Filing your claim against the pharmaceutical manufacturers and aggressively pursuing a settlement that provides you with full and fair compensation
- Maintaining regular communication with you throughout the case
- Taking your Zantac recall lawsuit to trial, if that’s what it takes to give you the best opportunity at a maximum financial recovery
Contact a Zantac Lawsuit Attorney Today
If you’re living with cancer after taking Zantac, you can and should hold the drugmakers accountable for their negligence. Contact a Zantac lawsuit attorney from Davis, Saperstein & Salomon today for a free consultation.