January 24, 2022 | Personal Injury
Valsartan is medication doctors commonly prescribe to treat high blood pressure. Unfortunately, the FDA has identified that certain makers of this drug have failed to engage in safe manufacturing practices. This has resulted in some batches of Valsartan being contaminated with nitrosodimethylamine. Nitrosodimethylamine is a carcinogenic compound.
The FDA issued a recall accordingly. However, some patients took contaminated Valsartan before the recall was issued.
These individuals may have developed (or will potentially develop) serious health complications as a result. Patients who took contaminated Valsartan are thus now at a greater risk of developing cancer. Exposure to nitrosodimethylamine can also result in liver damage.
What You Need to Know About the Valsartan Lawsuit
The Valsartan recall has prompted a lawsuit from patients who may have been harmed or endangered due to the manufacturer’s unsafe practices. The lawsuit qualifies as a “mass tort” case involving numerous individuals and multiple legislative districts.
Have you taken Valsartan? If so, strongly consider discussing your case with a Harrisburg personal injury lawyer. You may qualify to be a plaintiff in a Valsartan lawsuit.
There are a number of reasons you could cite to justify filing a lawsuit against the makers of Valsartan. Improper manufacturing is just one possible factor. You might also qualify to file a lawsuit if the drug’s labeling failed to warn you about potentially harmful or even life-threatening side effects associated with the drug.
If a loved one has died as a result of taking Valsartan, you may be able to recover compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit. Because these types of cases are complex, you should speak with a qualified attorney if you’re considering legal action. They can help you better understand whether you have valid grounds to file a lawsuit.
It is worth noting that you do not have to prove the pharmaceutical company meant to cause you or a loved one harm in any way. You only need to show that they were negligent in a manner that put you or a loved one at risk. Gathering the evidence necessary to prove negligence is another task an attorney can help you with.
Criteria for Becoming a Plaintiff in a Valsartan Lawsuit
No blog entry or online article can guarantee whether you do or do not qualify to become a plaintiff in a Valsartan lawsuit. Only a qualified lawyer can determine whether you are eligible to seek compensation.
That said, you may want to schedule a meeting with an attorney if you meet the following criteria:
- You used Valsartan at some point between 2015 and now;
- You are a resident of the United States;
- You have been diagnosed with liver, stomach, or colon cancer OR you have suffered liver damage that resulted in you being hospitalized; and
- You received your diagnosis at least one year after using Valsartan
Gather your medical records when preparing to meet with an attorney. To become a plaintiff in a Valsartan lawsuit you will typically need to establish a credible link between your illness and your use of this medication. It will therefore be much easier for an attorney to determine whether you have a case if you bring documentation.
There’s also evidence indicating that taking Valsartan during pregnancy can also put a fetus at risk. You might therefore also have a valid case if your child was harmed or died and you suspect it was a result of taking this drug while you were pregnant.
Just keep in mind that you should not stop taking Valsartan on the basis of what you have read here. You might have been prescribed Valsartan due to a serious medical condition. Only your doctor can let you know whether you should stop taking the drug. None of the information here should be mistaken for or substituted for professional medical advice.
Contact the Personal Injury Lawyers In Pennsylvania at Marzzacco Niven & Associates For Legal Help With Your Case Today
You should also contact your doctor if you’re unsure of whether your batch of Valsartan was contaminated. The FDA recommends that patients check with their physicians in these circumstances for more information. If you do learn you took contaminated Valsartan, monitor your health and be prepared to discuss your legal options with an attorney if you develop an illness related to the medication.
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