A new link between Zantac and cancer has many users looking into their legal options. But what if a loved one was affected by Zantac instead of you? You might be able to file a Zantac lawsuit on the loved one’s behalf.
John Foy & Associates can look at your situation so that you know your options. Contact us today to get a FREE consultation. We’ll walk you through what to know about filing a Zantac lawsuit for a loved one.
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Filing a Wrongful Death Zantac Lawsuit
If your loved one died from cancer after taking Zantac, you could have a wrongful death lawsuit. Since the loved one cannot file for themselves, you can seek compensation on their behalf.
The laws on wrongful death suits vary by state. Georgia’s laws under Georgia Code § 51-4-2 state the following people can file (in order):
- Surviving spouse
- Surviving children
- Surviving parents or guardians
A Zantac lawyer can determine if you’re qualified to bring a case on your loved one’s behalf. If you can, then you’ll need to see if you qualify for a Zantac lawsuit.
What You Need to File a Zantac Wrongful Death Lawsuit
When you speak with a lawyer about your case, they will see if your loved one:
- Consumed Zantac or any other ranitidine product.
- Received a cancer diagnosis after taking Zantac or ranitidine.
Ranitidine is the generic name for Zantac. The name Zantac is the medication’s brand name.
A lawyer is more likely to take on your case if you’re prepared. Before the consultation, bring your loved one’s medical records related to taking Zantac. You can also bring proof of the loved one’s cancer treatment and other costs.
Proof in Your Zantac Lawsuit
Here are some ways your lawyer will help you prove the above points.
You must show that your loved one took Zantac or ranitidine. Medical and prescription records can help explain their history. If they bought and consumed the over-the-counter form of Zantac, you might need to show receipts or other evidence.
You will also need to prove that your loved one developed cancer. Thankfully, this is relatively easy. You can show medical and treatment records and the doctor’s diagnosis.
If the loved one died from their cancer, you can provide records showing the cause of death.
There must also be evidence that taking Zantac led to the loved one’s cancer diagnosis. This is where you’ll need a good lawyer on your side from the beginning. Your lawyer will know how best to present the information in your wrongful death lawsuit.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested the removal of Zantac from the market in April 2020. Research found high levels of the contaminant N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in Zantac and ranitidine drugs. The FDA also determined that NDMA can get worse over time in some products.
The FDA’s discovery can help those who want to bring lawsuits against the manufacturer. Your case will depend on details like:
- How long your loved one was taking Zantac
- What doses they were taking
- At what point they received a cancer diagnosis
- What type of cancer they had
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), studies show NDMA is associated with stomach or colorectal cancer. If your loved one died from one of these cancers, you’re especially likely to have a case.
In small amounts, NDMA has not been shown as harmful. However, some Zantac products had enormous amounts of the contaminant — far above levels the FDA considers safe.
Zantac Injury Lawsuit Versus Class-Action Lawsuit
When a product harms several people, the victims can sometimes join a class-action lawsuit. Those affected by Zantac are currently filing class-action lawsuits. These lawsuits are usually more comfortable and straightforward for the victims.
Rather than a class-action lawsuit, you can file your injury lawsuit against the manufacturer. When submitting a lawsuit on behalf of a loved one, your wrongful death case could mean higher compensation.
If a loved one died from cancer after taking Zantac, you can take action today. Contact a lawyer to seek compensation for what your loved one suffered. Call John Foy & Associates at (404) 400-4000 or contact us online to get a FREE consultation.
Deadline to File a Lawsuit for Loved One
The statute of limitations for wrongful death lawsuits is usually two years. Talk to a lawyer about what that means for your wrongful death case. Your lawyer can ensure you stay on track and don’t miss any deadlines.
Damages From a Zantac Lawsuit
With any personal injury lawsuit, you’ll need to show how you were injured. Your damages might include:
- Medical bills
- Cancer treatment costs
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
With a wrongful death case, you must look at what the loved one lost. For one, their life ended too soon. They also likely had physical and emotional suffering caused by their injuries. If someone died from cancer, they probably had significant medical bills and treatment costs.
Your Zantac lawyer can determine the damages in your Zantac lawsuit. You can seek compensation on behalf of your loved one. You might also be entitled to costs like funeral and burial expenses and loss of consortium or companionship.
Settling Versus Going to Trial
Lawsuits are lengthy and expensive for everyone involved. If you are entitled to substantial compensation, a trial can be worth the time. However, big companies like drug manufacturers often look to settle out of court.
When you file your lawsuit, you might get a settlement offer. If the settlement is fair to you, you might accept a settlement without going to court. The decision is ultimately up to you, but your lawyer can make you make an informed choice.
Learn More During a Free Consultation With a Zantac Lawyer
If a loved one was affected by Zantac, you might be able to file a lawsuit on their behalf. To know for sure, contact John Foy & Associates. We have over 20 years of experience and are happy to guide you through your legal options.
We do not charge a fee unless we win you money. You can work with us and not worry about upfront expenses. To get a FREE consultation today, call us at (404) 400-4000, or contact us online.