Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) are powerful drugs prescribed for heartburn, GERD, dyspepsia, and ulcers with the intention of shutting down stomach acid production at the source. They go by many names – Prilosec, Gasec, Omepral, UlcerGard, GastroGard, Prevacid, Inhibitol, Kapidex, Dexilant, Nexium, Protonix, Aciphex, and Esotrex. However, when overused, these drugs have rather serious consequences. Updated FDA-required labels recommend that patients use the medication for no more than 14 days at a time, and for no more than three courses a year.
Proton Pump Inhibitor drugs are the target of thousands of lawsuits. If you or a loved one have suffered adverse health effects after taking PPIs, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer to cover your losses. Rutter Mills is one of the law firms handling complaints from across the country. You may contact us for details on the pending litigation, free of charge.
Proton Pump Inhibitors and Kidney Problems
Recent studies show the risk of chronic kidney disease increases as much as 50% with the use of PPIs. People suffering from kidney disease become sickened by waste buildup in their blood. Complications include high blood pressure, anemia, nerve damage, heart disease, blood vessel disease, and weakened bones. Patients may require dialysis or kidney transplant to survive.
symptoms may include:
- Appetite loss
- Difficulty concentrating
- Dry, itchy skin
- Eye puffiness
- Frequent urination
- Leg, side, or back pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Swollen feet and ankles
Proton Pump Inhibitors and Bone Fractures
Long-term use of PPIs can interfere with calcium absorption, causing an increased risk of:
- Decreased bone density
- Bone fractures in the hip, wrist, or spine
Why Should You File A Proton Pump Inhibitor Lawsuit?
You haven’t asked for this. You just want to get your life back as soon as possible. If you are one of the many patients across the country with a proton pump inhibitor, you may consider filing a proton pump inhibitor lawsuit to cover:
- Past, present, and future medical bills, including surgeries, hospital stays, medications, and doctor’s visits
- Loss of past, present, and future income and earning capacity
- Emotional pain, suffering, and anguish
- Wrongful death, funeral expenses, burial costs, and loss of support
The Difference Between a PPI Class Action Lawsuit and MDL
To date, there have been no individual PPI lawsuit settlements or jury awards. There are so many similar claims, they are being organized as a class action or Multi-District Litigation (MDL).
- PPI Class Action Lawsuit: With a PPI class action lawsuit, a pool of plaintiffs make the same claim against the manufacturer in hopes of obtaining a lump sum settlement that gets divvied up equally among all claimants. A few appointees act as lead plaintiffs to lay out the central argument before a judge. Little is expected from other claimants, but they can all benefit if the argument is successful. It’s a single trial with a single result. In that way, a class action can be a relatively quick way to resolve a complaint. In 2015, AstraZeneca agreed to a $20 million class action lawsuit paid to plaintiffs, but thousands of additional lawsuits have been filed since then.
- PPI MDL: Class actions may not be the best course of action for everyone. Patients with severe injuries may not receive enough compensation to offset their medical bills and legal expenses. Also, if the argument is not crafted just right, many plaintiffs with perfectly valid cases may lose their opportunity to be heard in court. Multi-District Litigation (MDL) is an alternative to class actions. A single federal court is responsible for all the pre-trial proceedings, such as discovery investigations, witness questioning, and pre-trial rulings for consistency sake. A series of bellwether trials helps illuminate the strengths and weaknesses of the central arguments, but each case is heard individually in the state courts where they were filed or the home state of the defendant. MDL plaintiffs may receive more or less compensation, depending on the strength of the case and nature of their injuries. As of February 2019, more than 5,000 lawsuits in MDL 2789 are pending before U.S. District Judge Claire Cecchi in New Jersey. The first bellwether case is scheduled for September 2020. The case verdict may give some indication as to how other judges and juries are likely to react in similar PPI lawsuits.
Do You Need a PPI Lawsuit Attorney?
You will find an experienced lawyer to handle your PPI lawsuit at Rutter Mills, a Virginia personal injury law firm ranked among the top 100 in the nation. For more than 60 years, we’ve pursued justice when profit-greedy corporations thought they could get away with reckless regard for safety. Our history of multi-million-dollar verdicts speaks volumes. When you work with us, you’re in charge of how the proceedings go forward, whether through class action or MDL. While a lawsuit cannot undo the harm that has been done, the finances you obtain can provide the best possible care during your recovery and place increased pressure on manufacturers to stop selling defective drugs. We offer free consultations and contingency-based representation, which means you pay us NOTHING until we win compensation on your behalf.
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