Actos® and Duetact® are two prescription drugs used to treat diabetes. These oral medications are intended to control Type 2 diabetes in patients who cannot adequately control their condition through diet and exercise. When such medications are carefully prescribed by a doctor, a patient would assume it is safe.
However, studies have linked both Actos® and Duetact® to a higher risk of bladder cancer in patients who take these medications. Anyone who has taken these drugs without being informed of the risks or before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) discovered this danger can pursue compensation. A South Carolina Actos®/Duetact® lawsuit lawyer with George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers can help you get started.
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An Overview of Taking Legal Action for Actos® and Duetact® Patients
If you now have bladder cancer or heart failure after taking Actos® or Duetact, you may be eligible to pursue a mass tort case against the manufacturer, Takeda Pharmaceuticals.
Mass torts stem from negligent acts – often involving a dangerous drug – that harm many people. In the case of Actos or Duetact, plaintiffs claim that Takeda Pharmaceuticals failed to warn them about the drugs’ ill effects. What’s more, an FDA study found that those who took Actos®, in particular, had a 40% higher chance of getting bladder cancer after only taking it for a year.
This defective manufacturing and marketing are unacceptable. Takeda Pharmaceuticals and the other companies, such as Eli Lilly, who were involved in creating these drugs should be held accountable for their negligence.
What to Expect From the Legal Process When Filing a Mass Tort
Over 5,000 federal cases and another 4,500 cases have been filed in many state courts, including Pennsylvania, Illinois, California, and West Virginia.
The mass torts legal process typically comprises:
- Retaining a mass tort lawyer to review your medical records and determine if your injuries are similar to other claimants’ who are filing an Actos® or Duetact® case
- Filing a federal lawsuit along with the other plaintiffs’, which is a consolidation of your case
- Proceeding with bellwether trials, which serve as a “test run” to get an idea of how the upcoming cases will turn out (The most serious cases are usually tried in this stage.)
- Settling the case (How long this stage takes is based on your state, the evidence, if there are any appeals, and more.)
Past Settlements For Those Harmed By Actos® and Duetact®
How much compensation you can receive depends on the facts of your case. Nevertheless, some of the outcomes of these cases include:
- After getting bladder cancer, a Louisiana man won a $9.15 billion settlement, which later decreased to about $36.8 million in 2014.
- In 2015, Takeda Pharmaceuticals paid out $2.4 billion to mass tort claimants injured from taking Actos.
There aren’t too many active lawsuits for Actos® or Duetact® at the moment, but our mass tort team can review your case and determine your options for seeking compensation.
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How a South Carolina Actos®/Duetact® Lawsuit Lawyer on Our Team Will Help You
If you suffer from bladder cancer, heart failure, or another illness after using Actos® or Duetact®, a lawyer with George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers can help you seek compensation to cover your damages.
You can focus on getting better while we handle everything else. Our job will be to:
- Review your medical records and other evidence
- Identify if your injuries or illness matches that of other claimants who are filing a lawsuit against Takeda Pharmaceuticals
- Work with your medical team and other medical experts
- Negotiate a settlement
- Represent you in court
Don’t worry about the price of our legal services, as we work for a contingency fee.* Therefore, we don’t take any retainers or out-of-pocket or hourly fees. Instead, we finance your lawsuit from the beginning and only take a fee if we achieve a settlement or verdict.
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Forms of Damages You Can Recover in a South Carolina Actos® or Duetact® Lawsuit
As mentioned, the compensation you can recover in an Actos® or Duetact® lawsuit depends on the specifics of your situation. Such factors include your age, your prognosis, how long you used the drug and the dose, and other factors associated with your diagnosis.
Still, these patients may be eligible to recoup these damages:
- Medical bills for past and ongoing treatment: If you needed chemotherapy, medications, blood tests and lab work, hospitalization, or follow-up visits
- Lost income: If your treatment forced you to take off work, which kept you from earning wages, benefits, promotions, and other sources of income
- Lost earning potential: If your treatment keeps you from ever returning to work
- Pain and suffering: If the stress of treatment and pain from your illness has impeded your quality of life
- Disability: If you qualify for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA)
If your loved one passed away from bladder cancer after taking Actos® or Duetact®, you can take legal action on their behalf. It’s possible to claim damages for their medical bills, funeral, memorial, and burial costs, and your loss of companionship, consortium, or service.
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Consult George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers Today For Help with Your Mass Tort Lawsuit
Take immediate action if your health has been put at risk because of potentially dangerous drugs such as Actos® and Duetact®. Our firm will fight alongside associated counsel to maximize your compensation through a mass tort if you have bladder cancer, had bladder cancer, or were put at risk of such cancer while using these drugs.
Our South Carolina firm has helped more than 50,000 clients obtain compensation for all types of personal injury cases1, and we are here to help you, too! Contact George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers as soon as you can for a free consultation to learn more about how we can help you! Connect with us at (888) 612-7001.
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