Those who took popular medications for heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) regularly for years may be at an increased risk of kidney disease and other serious complications. This includes Prilosec, Nexium, and other medications.
Anastopoulo Law Firm is filing proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) lawsuits on behalf of those who suffered injuries in North Carolina or South Carolina. We can review your eligibility for free and explain your legal options during a complimentary consultation today.
Recoverable Damages in a Case Against PPI Drug Manufacturers
We hold the drug manufacturer responsible for our client’s physical, emotional, and financial losses by filing a claim or lawsuit and demanding a just payout. Deciding whether they are responsible and if our client receives compensation from them is the point of going to trial.
The compensation potentially available in a PPI lawsuit may include:
- Medical care and treatment for a client’s kidney condition
- Health care costs because of the condition (future and ongoing)
- Lost income and reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering damages
- Emotional distress
Other Types of Recoverable Damages
While compensatory damages based on the client’s injuries are the most common types of recoverable damages in a dangerous and defective drug case, other types may be available, too.
If your family member died from kidney disease or another serious side effect that a proton pump inhibitor caused, you may have a viable claim for wrongful death damages, including the losses suffered by state law-designated surviving family members.
In addition, Anastopoulo Law Firm requests punitive damages in these cases. These damages penalize the liable party and go beyond our client’s compensable losses. The jury awards this type of damages when the at-fault party acted particularly badly.
Anastopoulo Law Firm Fights to Protect the Rights of Injured Carolinians
At Anastopoulo Law Firm, our attorneys have more than 25 years of legal experience fighting for compensation for injured clients. You can learn more about the millions of dollars recovered for our clients by reading about our recent results. We will review your case and determine if you are eligible to participate in the multidistrict litigation, all at no cost to you.
During this initial consultation, we will also:
- Answer your questions and discuss your concerns
- Explain the strength of your PPI lawsuit
- Help you understand the steps to seek compensation
- Discuss the role of the ongoing mass tort in your case
We will also discuss the legal services we provide and how you can pay for them. There are no upfront fees for our services—we do not believe you should have to endure additional financial stress to get the legal representation you need. We represent our clients on contingency and only receive our attorney’s fees as a portion of your settlement or court-awarded verdict. If we do not win your case, we do not get paid.
Legal Services Our Law Firm Provides
As your legal representatives, you can trust our law firm to:
- Review your medical records
- Collect evidence to document your PPI use
- Gather other necessary evidence to support the case
- Prepare documents and file a suit
- Keep you regularly updated about the case progress
- Explain what to expect as the MDL moves forward
- Represent your rights and best interests through this process
- Negotiate for a settlement or take the case to trial after the MDL
PPI Drugs Under Scrutiny
Proton pump inhibitors were once among the most prescribed drugs in the United States. They were seen as relatively harmless ways to treat chronic heartburn, acid reflux, and GERD.
Many companies even sold their medications over the counter for temporary relief of these conditions. This increased their use even more. The proton pump inhibitors included in the ongoing multidistrict litigation include:
- Nexium 24HR
- Prilosec OTC
- Prevacid 24HR
- Many off-brand versions of the same medications
Conditions and Complications Linked to Proton Pump Inhibitors
As it turns out, these medications did have serious side effects and could cause harm. According to a study published in Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology, this includes:
- Increased risk of fracture
- Loss of bone density
- Myocardial Infarction
- Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
- Kidney injuries
The lawsuits filed against the drug manufacturers focus primarily on kidney issues, including chronic kidney disease and renal failure. Other diagnoses linked to the use of PPIs include:
- Acute interstitial nephritis
- Acute kidney injury
Those who used the medications regularly for an extended period are generally the most at-risk. Most participating in these lawsuits used PPIs daily for a year or more, although some did not have extended use.
The Proton Pump Inhibitor Multidistrict Litigation is One of the Nation’s Largest
According to the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, as of August 13, 2021, the proton pump inhibitor multidistrict litigation, MDL 2789, had more than 13,000 cases pending. This makes it one of the largest MDLs in progress in the United States. There are several reasons for this, including:
- The drugs are widely used.
- The case involves many different prescription and over-the-counter medications.
- Complications from the use of these drugs are not rare.
- This case received broad media exposure, so many victims are aware of it.
The numbers may continue to increase as more people decide to take legal action. This could include you.
There is still time. Honorable Judge Claire Cecchi is overseeing the case, which is in bellwether discovery as of August 2021. Eventually, six bellwether cases will go to trial in the MDL. This will allow everyone involved to learn more about how a jury will view the facts of these cases.
Speak with a Team Member from Anastopoulo Law Firm for Free Today
You can discuss your case for free today with a team member from Anastopoulo Law Firm. We want to help you understand your legal options and determine how you can move forward with your case for compensation. We want to seek justice on your behalf.
Call (800) 313-254600 to connect with us for free today.