Calculating Damages from Zantac Injuries

Thursday, January 5, 2023

Calculating Damages from Zantac Injuries

Written by Malman Law, reviewed by Steve J. Malman.

Cancer is a serious diagnosis with many implications. Some cancers have recently been linked to the previous use of the drug Zantac. Patients who believe their cancer might have been caused by taking Zantac should reach out to a lawyer to discuss their options and possible damages.

Cancer patients who once took Zantac or its generic counterpart ranitidine could be eligible to receive compensation for their damages. If you think you have a valid Zantac cancer claim, it’s time to speak to a well-versed Chicago Zantac lawyer. Through a mass tort or an individual lawsuit, you could recover money for your medical bills, pain, and suffering, as well as other losses.

Zantac Damages

The intent of a Zantac claim is for an injured party to receive monetary compensation for their damages. Damages are losses related to the negligence of Zantac companies. They can be financial and include other aspects of loss, such as loss of consortium and pain and suffering. Financial losses can include medical bills and lost wages.

The appropriate types and amounts of damages will differ between claimants as each cancer course is different. Injured individuals can rely on a skilled Chicago Zantac attorney to help them calculate an acceptable amount for the damages they suffer.

Calculating Zantac Settlements

Mass tort cases such as Zantac cases resolve through global (or matrix) settlements or inventory settlements. A single financial figure covers all outstanding claims with global settlements, no matter how many there are or their severity. With Zantac mass torts, claims could be tens of thousands.

However, there is a matrix to determine how much each plaintiff deserves in the settlement. Under such a matrix, a stage one cancer patient who was cured might receive less compensation than a stage four cancer patient who is terminal. Claimants who had a single surgery could receive less than people who had several surgeries. Each plaintiff determines if they want to accept or reject the settlement. However, it is in their best interest to discuss their actions with their Chicago Zantac lawyer.

Inventory settlements are the result of claimants’ law firms evaluating their cases individually. Keep in mind that most Chicago Zantac attorneys have multiple Zantac clients. Each Zantac client takes part in negotiating their own settlement; there is no predetermined amount or matrix to go by. However, the law firm combines each client’s acceptable minimum settlement to come up with a sum. The sum is referred to as the aggregate minimum.

The Zantac companies’ attorneys offer each claimant’s law firm a settlement to cover all its Zantac clients. Suppose a claimant’s Chicago Zantac lawyer obtains a settlement over the firm’s aggregate minimum. In that case, each Zantac client will get an equal percentage of the overage.

The Importance of Compensation for Zantac Injuries

Cancer related to Zantac can change your life, and the losses can seem immeasurable. Not only can you have financial effects, but also physical and mental distress. Because the impact of Zantac injuries can be so extreme, everyone who believes they have a cancer-related diagnosis should learn about their rights to compensation.

Financial Effects

Cancer treatment is a leading cause of medical debt in the United States. Treatments can vary depending on the type of cancer and stage of diagnosis, but they are all expensive.

Research shows that the average bills for only the first year following a cancer diagnosis average about $42,000. Some treatment costs for a single patient can reach $1 million or more. Once someone is finished with a course of treatment, they then must face off with medical finance departments and bill collectors.

If Zantac led to your cancer diagnosis, you should not have to pay for your treatment costs. Instead, the manufacturers of the dangerous drug should be responsible. The main manufacturers are Sanofi, Boehringer Ingelheim, and GlaxoSmithKline. How much compensation you might receive can depend on how extensive – and expensive – your treatment was.

Further, undergoing cancer treatment might make it impossible for you to work or do your usual activities. This means you can lose significant household income, and you might need to spend more money for childcare or household tasks. These financial losses only add to your stress in the face of piles of medical bills.

Physical Effects

Different types of cancer will have different physical symptoms, many of which can be debilitating. Some effects that cancer patients might experience include:

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Severe and persistent fatigue
  • Changes in bowels or urination
  • Fever or night sweats
  • Neurological issues
  • Lumps or swelling
  • Pain

In addition, invasive treatments like surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation can have many severe side effects. As mentioned, these effects can often keep you from your usual life and work.

Mental Effects

There is no doubt that a cancer diagnosis can be devastating and cause severe mental and emotional distress. Cancer is a leading cause of death in the United States, and everyone who hears this diagnosis will likely fear that the disease will be terminal. Mentally coping with cancer is difficult for both you and your family.

Moreover, dealing with difficult treatments, pain, nausea, fatigue, and other effects for months will wear on you. Many cancer patients struggle with depression, anxiety, and other mental conditions. This mental distress should never be discounted when considering your losses.

With all the financial, physical, and mental effects of Zantac-related cancer, it is imperative that you seek the compensation you deserve from Zantac manufacturers.

Wrongful Death

Some people cannot bring their own Zantac claims, as they do not survive their Zantac-related cancer. In this situation, close family members such as the surviving spouse, children, or parents have the right to seek compensation for wrongful death. A Zantac lawyer can help families with this type of claim.

An Experienced Chicago Zantac Lawyer Can Help You Recover Damages

You deserve aggressive and reputable legal representation for your Zantac cancer claim. Our attorneys understand your damages and will fight to obtain the compensation you are entitled to on your behalf. Receive your free Zantac claim review with the skilled personal injury attorneys at Malman Law today. Call (312) 629-0099 or complete our online contact form.

Steve Malman

Malman Law’s founder Attorney Steven Malman has over 30 years of experience handling personal injury, nursing home, medical malpractice, truck accidents, car accidents, premises liability, construction, and workers’ compensation cases in Chicago, IL.

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