Zantac is a drug that was prescribed for acid reflux and heartburn until it was found to be possibly carcinogenic. Many victims of Zantac have since taken legal action against the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) for the drug’s carcinogenic effects.
If your loved one has developed a form of cancer or has passed away due to cancer you believe was caused by their Zantac use, you may have grounds for a claim. An experienced attorney from Zanes Law can help you determine if you’re eligible to file a lawsuit on behalf of a loved one who was affected by Zantac.
Determining if You Can File a Zantac Lawsuit on Behalf of a Loved One
When you meet with a Zantac cancer lawsuit lawyer, they’ll review the details of your situation and let you know if you’re eligible to take legal action on behalf of your loved one. They may advise you to file a lawsuit if the following statements accurately describe your loved one’s situation:
- They ingested Zantac or its generic form, ranitidine
- They used Zantac or ranitidine for three or more months
- They were diagnosed with a form of cancer
- They were under 75 years old when they were diagnosed with a form of cancer
- They received a cancer diagnosis at least three months after they began a Zantac regimen
Forms of Cancer Caused by Zantac Use
To file a Zantac lawsuit on your loved one’s behalf, they must have been diagnosed with one of the forms of cancer that the drug is linked to. Reach out to an attorney if your loved one was diagnosed with one of the following types of cancer:
- Liver cancer
- Lung cancer
- Breast cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Prostate cancer
Legal Actions You May Take On Your Loved One’s Behalf
When you meet with an attorney, they’ll review the details of your situation and determine which type of legal action will benefit you the most. Depending on your unique circumstances, a lawyer may recommend one of the following options:
Join a Multidistrict Litigation Effort or Class Action
In some cases, joining a multidistrict litigation effort (MDL) or a class action lawsuit may be the best course of action. While these two forms of litigation have several differences, they are both types of lawsuits that combine many injured plaintiffs into one suit.
File a Personal Lawsuit
There’s always a chance that your attorney will advise you to file a personal lawsuit against Zantac’s manufacturer on behalf of a loved one who was affected by the drug. If that’s the case, they’ll investigate your loved one’s situation, compile evidence into a compelling civil suit, and fight for the compensation and justice your family member deserves.
File a Wrongful Death Suit
Sadly, it’s not uncommon for individuals affected by Zantac to develop a form of cancer that leads to death. If your loved one has passed away under such circumstances, a lawyer can help you file a wrongful death lawsuit on their behalf. If successful, your suit could yield the following damages:
- End-of-life medical care expenses you inherited from the decedent
- Funeral and burial costs
- Mental anguish
- Loss of inheritance
- Loss of financial support
- Loss of consortium
- Diminished quality of life
How Long Do I Have To File a Zantac Lawsuit for My Loved One?
If your loved one has been diagnosed with cancer or has passed away due to cancer you believe to have been caused by Zantac, you may have a limited amount of time to take legal action. According to Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 12-542, you have two years from the date of your loved one’s diagnosis to take legal action.
If your loved one has passed away and you believe Zantac caused their death, you may also have as little as two years from the date of their passing to file a suit. Since every situation is different, your filing deadline may differ. Fortunately, an experienced attorney can determine how long you have to take legal action and help you get your suit filed on time.
How Much Does It Cost To File a Zantac Lawsuit?
If you’re considering filing a lawsuit for a loved one who has been diagnosed with one of the cancers caused by Zantac, you might wonder how much it costs to do so and whether it’s worth the attorney’s fees you might incur. The good news is that most personal injury attorneys work for a contingency fee.
If you’re unfamiliar with the term, a contingency fee is a portion of the compensation that the plaintiff receives from a successful lawsuit. Instead of charging you an attorney’s fee at the beginning of your case, your lawyer will take a reasonable percentage of your winnings. If you don’t receive compensation from your suit, your attorney won’t charge you out-of-pocket.
Meet With an Experience Zantac Lawsuit Lawyer for Free
Now that you’ve learned that you can file a lawsuit on behalf of a loved one who was affected by Zantac, it’s time to meet with an attorney to discuss your legal options further. At Zanes Law, our team is highly experienced in constructing and filing effective product liability claims. We’ll be able to help you stand up against pharmaceutical companies and secure the justice your loved one deserves.
To get started on your case, contact an attorney from our firm today and schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. During your consultation, a compassionate lawyer from our team will ask you about your loved one’s condition, inquire about their Zantac use, and determine if you should move forward with a lawsuit.