A cancer patient who took Zantac may have a right to monetary damages. Here’s everything to know about a Zantac lawsuit and claims.
Filing a Zantac lawsuit is an excellent option for any cancer victim who was diagnosed after taking Zantac or ranitidine. These claims can result in a cancer victim receiving significant financial compensation for numerous types of damages. However, there is a short statute of limitations on filing, so if a victim is considering filing, they should do it sooner rather than later.
What is a Zantac Lawsuit?
Zantac, or the generic version named ranitidine, is a medication used to treat heartburn. This medication was found to have a high amount of NDMA, which is a serious carcinogen. Zantac users who now have cancer, have the right to a legal claim. This is called a Zantac lawsuit.
In Zantac lawsuits today, cancer victims filing a claim are maintaining that the Zantac producers made a dangerous product and failed to inform the customer on potential dangers of the medication. Additionally, a cancer victim can receive compensation from their legal claim in many different forms. Some of the damages a cancer victim can seek in their Zantac lawsuit are:
- Medical bills
- Lost earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment
- Punitive damages
Who is Eligible for Zantac Lawsuits
Generally, all cancer victims who took Zantac or ranitidine and were diagnosed with cancer after taking the medication qualify to file a lawsuit. Additionally, the type of cancer does not restrict you from being able to file, and a victim of the following types of cancer is eligible to file a claim:
- Bladder cancer
- Breast cancer (including ductal carcinoma)
- Colon cancer/ colorectal cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Gastric cancer
- Intestinal cancer
- Kidney cancer/ renal cancer,
- Liver cancer
- Lung Cancer (for non-smokers)
- Pancreatic cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Stomach cancer
It is important to note that there are statute of limitations on Zantac lawsuits. In California, cancer victims have two years after receiving their diagnosis to file for a Zantac lawsuit. This is a relatively short statute of limitations compared to the limits on other cases, and a cancer victim should consider following a claim promptly after diagnosis to be able to receive adequate compensation. For more information or answers to frequently asked questions a cancer victim can read here.
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How Much Compensation Can a Zantac Lawsuit Provide?
Although a lawsuit can often seem like more trouble than it’s worth, a Zantac lawsuit can offer significant compensation to a cancer victim. The size of the Zantac settlement will be dependent on a few different factors:
- The amount of Zantac lawsuits that are pending at the time,
- The strength of the causation evidence that is presented,
- The amount lost financially because of the cancer diagnosis.
Cancer is a serious and often lethal disease, thus the financial compensation is substantial. Zantac lawsuit payouts can grow to significant amounts based on the determining factors and any other additional details that may be relevant to the case. Zantac lawsuits have reached such impressive compensation amounts that there is a tier system created to categorize them. Here is how the larger Zantac compensation amounts are ranked.
- Tier I: $300,000-$400,000
- Tier II: $80,000-$120,000
- Tier III: $20,000-$60,000
Settlement amounts could be higher for plaintiffs with the most types of cancer at once and/or the longest use of the medication, because they need the greatest amount of compensation. These extreme cases are usually the kind that fall into the top tier. However, it is always a case-by-case situation, and there could be settlements higher than $400,000 and lower than $20,000. It is recommended for a cancer victim to speak to their attorney on the nature of their case so they can get an idea on how much their settlement may be.
If you or a loved one would like to know more about Zantac Lawsuits, get your free consultation with one of our Personal Injury Attorneys today.