Lung cancer is a serious disease that affects thousands of people across the United States. Many factors can contribute to this condition—including the use of Zantac, a popular heartburn medication. Patients are at greater risk of cancer from Zantac because of an impurity in the drug.
If you used to take Zantac and later developed lung cancer, you may be eligible for a lawsuit against the manufacturer. When you are facing these situations, trust the attorneys at Estey & Bomberger, LLP to represent your claim and fight for your right to compensation.
Why Choose Us for Your Zantac Lawsuit
- For years, our team of attorneys have represented victims of dangerous and defective drugs like Zantac. Using our skills, experience, and resources, we will craft a compelling case on your behalf.
- Treating lung cancer can be very expensive. Our law firm has recovered millions of dollars in settlements and jury verdicts, and our injury attorneys will advocate aggressively to secure your highest possible award.
- Our law firm operates on a contingency fee basis for maximum affordability. If you do not secure a financial award in your lawsuit, we will not charge you any legal fees.
What Is Zantac?
Zantac is a medication that treats conditions like heartburn, acid reflux, and indigestion. Zantac is available in both prescription and over-the-counter versions. Its generic form is known as ranitidine.
There are many manufacturers who make Zantac, including the following.
- Precision Dose Inc.
- Sandoz Inc.
- Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd.
- Glenmark Pharmaceutical Inc.
- American Health Packaging
- Amneal Pharmaceuticals, LLC
- Lannett Company, Inc.
- Novitium Pharma
Does Zantac Cause Lung Cancer?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a recall for Zantac after discovering a dangerous carcinogenic impurity in the medication. Researchers found unsafe levels of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in batches of Zantac, finding that the impurity increases over time and in improper storage conditions.
NDMA is a substance that is known to induce tumors in the lungs as well as the liver, kidneys, and gastrointestinal tract. While low exposure to NDMA is generally safe, some Zantac tablets contained levels of NDMA well beyond the recommended 96 nanograms per day.
In addition to the medication itself having a defective impurity, Zantac’s manufacturers failed to warn consumers about this dangerous side effect. Patients who took Zantac regularly have reported being diagnosed with several cancers, including lung cancer.
Now, consumers are pursuing lawsuits against the drug’s manufacturers to recover compensation related to their condition. This litigation enables injured patients to recover damages for medical care, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Lung Cancer Symptoms and Treatment
Lung cancer is a condition that develops in the lungs and may spread throughout the rest of the body. In its early stages, many patients do not experience any symptoms and it may not be detected until the cancer has reached an advanced stage.
As the disease progresses and worsens, the following symptoms may occur.
- The development of a persistent cough
- Coughing up blood
- Shortness of breath
- Sudden, unexplained weight loss
- Chest pain
- Bone pain
Lung cancer treatment can vary based on the stage of the disease, the patient’s overall health, and care preferences. If you are diagnosed with lung cancer, you may need to undergo surgery, radiation or chemotherapy, and targeted drug therapy. Always discuss your options with a medical professional.
How to File a Zantac Lung Cancer Lawsuit
After being diagnosed with lung cancer, you may wonder what to do next. This disease can have a significant emotional and physical impact and lead to substantial financial hardship. If you believe that your cancer is related to Zantac use, you may qualify for legal action.
By filing a lawsuit against Zantac’s manufacturers, you can recover the compensation you need to pay for medical care, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. To secure a settlement, you will need to show that you were diagnosed with lung cancer and that Zantac’s defective nature caused your cancer.
Not everyone qualifies for a Zantac lawsuit. If you meet the following criteria, you are likely eligible for legal action.
- You took prescription or over-the-counter Zantac for at least one year. Receipts or medical records can help prove your usage.
- You were diagnosed with lung cancer, or another disease linked to Zantac use. Again, your medical records can help establish this fact.
- At least one year has passed between the day that you first started taking Zantac and the day of your lung cancer diagnosis.
As soon as possible following your diagnosis, speak to a specialized dangerous drugs lawyer at Estey & Bomberger, LLP. Our Zantac injury attorneys will carefully evaluate your case and determine whether you qualify for legal action.
The Statute of Limitations for Zantac Claims
All Zantac lawsuits are subject to a rule known as the statute of limitations. This law sets a filing deadline for certain types of claims. If you do not file your lawsuit within this time frame, the court will dismiss your case and prevent you from recovering a settlement.
The statute of limitations for Zantac lung cancer claims can vary based on which state you live in. For example, if you live in California, you have two years from the time that you are diagnosed with lung cancer to file. If you live in Illinois, you also have a two-year filing limit, but you cannot file more than 12 years from the date that the Zantac was sold.
Identifying the correct filing deadline can be challenging. There are some exceptions to this rule, but these can vary by state and do not apply to every case. To protect your right to compensation, it is important to speak with a Zantac lawsuit lawyer as soon as possible.
Contact a Zantac Lung Cancer Attorney
Were you diagnosed with lung cancer after taking Zantac? The Zantac lawsuit attorneys at Estey & Bomberger, LLP can help. Our Zantac lung cancer attorneys will fight diligently for your right to maximum recovery and guide you through each step of the process.
We serve injured Zantac customers nationwide. Contact us today to schedule a free case consultation and discuss your next steps with one of our lawyers.