Your compensation from filing a Zantac lawsuit will depend on several things. A lawyer will need to look at the severity of your injuries, the type of suit, and your damages. You will also need to provide proof that you took Zantac and that Zantac caused your harm.
Calculating compensation can be complicated in a Zantac lawsuit. Thankfully, a Zantac lawyer can help you get started — risk-free. To speak with one of our experienced lawyers at John Foy & Associates, call (404) 400-4000, or contact us online.
Calculating Damages for Compensation in a Zantac Lawsuit
To know what kind of compensation you can get in a Zantac lawsuit, you must understand how damages work. “Damages” are losses that you suffered because of someone else. The at-fault party (also known as the defendant) pays costs to the injured party in a lawsuit.
When a lawsuit involves a drug like Zantac, the at-fault party is usually a company that makes the medication.
There are two main types of damages (Georgia Code § 51-12-2):
- Special damages that you must prove to recover compensation
- General damages that you can recover without proof of a specific amount
A lawyer will examine all of your damages before starting on your Zantac lawsuit. You might receive damages as a settlement or a judgment at trial. Either way, the defendant pays your costs as compensation.
Here are the most common kinds of compensation you might get from a Zantac lawsuit.
Past and Future Medical Care
If a drug harms you, you will probably have medical costs. You can get compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Cancer treatment costs
- Prescription medications
- Any future medical expenses you have related to the Zantac issues.
When calculating the compensation you deserve, your lawyer will determine your future treatment needs. Your settlement or award will need to account for future costs.
Past, current, and future medical costs are special damages. You will need to provide proof of these costs. For example, if you developed cancer after taking Zantac, you’ll need to show your diagnosis and medical records.
Your Zantac lawyer will wait until you have a clear idea of your full medical costs. Otherwise, you could accept a settlement too soon and end up paying future expenses out-of-pocket.
Lost Wages and Earning Capacity
If you have had to miss work time because of your Zantac injuries, you can claim lost wages. For example, maybe you had to take off work for cancer treatment. If you are claiming Zantac caused your cancer, you could seek compensation for those lost wages.
You can also claim compensation for the income you would have earned in the future. Your health issues might have prevented you from making money you would have made if you were healthy. These lost wages are known as “lost earning capacity.”
Like medical costs, lost wages are special damages. You will need to provide proof of your lost wages in your Zantac lawsuit. Your lawyer can help you compile past pay stubs and other evidence of lost wages.
Pain and Suffering in a Zantac Lawsuit
Medical costs and lost wages are pretty easy to calculate. However, pain and suffering damages are more complicated.
Pain and suffering damages can include:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Anxiety or depression
- Mental anguish
Pain and suffering damages play a large part in a Zantac lawsuit. You’ll need to consider the type of compensation you deserve carefully. It’s best to work with an experienced lawyer who can help you account for these damages.
Wrongful Death Damages in a Zantac Lawsuit
If a loved one died because of cancer after taking Zantac, you could have a wrongful death case. Certain family members can file a lawsuit on behalf of a deceased loved one.
Talk to a Zantac lawyer about filing a wrongful death lawsuit. You might be able to get compensation for damages like:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical costs
- Loss of consortium or companionship
- Funeral and burial costs
Zantac/Ranitidine Cancer Lawsuits
Since early 2020, many people are looking into filing Zantac cancer lawsuits. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested the removal of all Zantac/ranitidine products from the U.S. market in April 2020. (Ranitidine is the generic name for Zantac products.)
The withdrawal happened after an investigation into the contaminant N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). NDMA is likely cancer-causing for humans, especially at high levels over time.
The FDA found that:
- There were levels of NDMA in Zantac/ranitidine products.
- NDMA can increase significantly over time when stored at higher temperatures.
- The older a ranitidine product is, the higher the NDMA levels it can have.
- In many cases, a ranitidine product could have more NDMA levels than are acceptable under FDA guidelines.
The FDA sent their announcement along with letters to all makers of ranitidine. It requested the withdrawal of the drug from the market. The FDA also advised anyone using over-the-counter Zantac/ranitidine products to stop taking them and not buy anymore.
People taking prescription ranitidine products should talk to their doctors about stopping the drug. Doctors may switch patients to similar medications without the same NDMA risks.
Filing a Zantac Lawsuit for Compensation
If you developed cancer after taking Zantac, you might be entitled to compensation. Talk to a Zantac lawyer about your legal options. You might be able to join a class-action lawsuit or file a product liability lawsuit.
Your lawyer will look at your situation and help you decide the best course of action. The goal is to get you compensation for the damages you have suffered.
Talk to an Experienced Zantac Lawyer for Free Today
At John Foy & Associates, we have been helping injury victims win what they deserve for over 20 years. We do not charge a fee unless we win you money, so there is no risk.
To learn more about your legal options in a Zantac lawsuit, contact us today. Call (404) 400-4000, or contact us online, to get started. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to take your call.