More Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuits Filed
Studies have linked diabetes drug Actos with bladder cancer. France and Germany have recently banned it and more Actos bladder cancer lawsuits are expected in the United States. Find out what you can do if you've been injured, what compensation you might be entitled to, how an Actos injury lawyer can help and how long you have to file a lawsuit.
What to Do if You've Suffered an Actos Injury
A recent French study has reported that Actos may increase the risk of developing bladder cancer for those who have been taking Actos for at least one year. That study caused both France and Germany to ban it and the U.S. may follow suit as more information from ongoing studies becomes available. In the meantime, anyone who has been taking Actos should not take a "wait and see" approach simply because U.S. studies haven't yet been completed. It's important for Actos users to speak with their doctor and at least have some tests done to make sure that everything is okay with their bladder - and those who have been injured should protect their rights by speaking with an Actos injury attorney.
Actos Cancer & Actos Compensation
There have already been dozens of Actos bladder injury cases in which patients have died, have had to have their bladder removed, reports of men who have had problems with their bladder and that shifted to their testicles and of women who have been told that they can no longer have children. These are serious injuries and certainly not anything people think would have been caused by a medication that's supposed to be helping them.
Diabetes itself is a serious, lifelong disease that clearly changes someone's life. However, there are many options available to combat it. So, if patients knew that they were at a greater risk of developing bladder cancer as a result of taking a defective drug, they would have likely spoken to their doctor about taking a different drug to avoid the risk. Unfortunately, many of the people who took Actos simply didn't know about those risks and, in the case of bladder cancer, did not get checked for it in time.
Bladder cancer also has a high rate of recurrence and many patients find that they have to undergo surgeries every six months to a year. It can also require the need for chemotherapy if it spreads and can change a person's life for the worst in a very short time.
Actos injury lawyers say that, while every case is different, Actos compensation might include past and future lost wages, past and future medical bills, past and future pain and suffering, loss of consortium, damages relating to the need to retire early, the very real fear that the cancer may return and anything else that might relate to a diminished quality of life.
How an Actos Injury Lawyer Can Help You
If you've been injured due to Actos use, it's important to hire an experienced Actos injury lawyer with a good track record - especially as this is considered complex pharmaceutical litigation. Hiring an attorney who is unfamiliar with this type of litigation means that he or she must take additional time (and additional expense) to get up to speed on the issues involved; whereas hiring an Actos injury attorney who has already done so puts you that much ahead of the game from the beginning.
How Long You Have to File an Actos Injury Lawsuit
Every state is different when it comes to the statute of limitations (the time in which a lawsuit must be filed). For example, New York has a strict three-year statute of limitations rule based on the date of a person's injury or even symptoms of that injury. So, for example, if someone was told that they had bladder cancer in August of 2008, their three years would start running from that date - even though the person might not know in 2008 that the reason they have bladder cancer was because of the Actos.
That being said, there are ways around such strict statute of limitations rules and anyone injured by Actos should never assume that they don't have a case or that they've missed their opportunity to file without first speaking with an Actos injury attorney. Many states have what's called a discovery rule - which means that the statute of limitations doesn't start to run until the person who's injured discovers, or makes the connection between, the injury and the reason they were injured.