A Taxotere® Lawyer Can Help You Secure Compensation
If you have experienced permanent hair loss following chemotherapy, a Taxotere® lawyer can help you secure compensation from the manufacturer of the drug, Sanofi S.A. Taxotere® is a drug approved as a chemotherapy treatment for various cancers, including tumors of the breast, lung, head, neck, stomach, and prostate. Recent studies have shown that patients who took Taxotere® as part of a chemotherapy regimen have suffered severe side effects and complications, both during and after treatment. One of the most severe side effects reported is permanent hair loss.
Temporary hair loss is a common side effect of many chemotherapy treatments. However, many Taxotere® patients have experienced permanent alopecia that does not respond to hair regrowth therapies. Permanent loss of hair can significantly impact a patient’s quality of life, and have an impact on other serious conditions, such as depression and anxiety. If you or a loved one has suffered permanent hair loss after being prescribed Taxotere®, contact our legal team to schedule a consultation.
Experienced Legal Representation
If you have suffered complications after taking Taxotere® or another dangerous drug, it is imperative that you speak with an experienced pharmaceutical attorney. These types of product liability cases can be very complex and often involve an overwhelming amount of evidence. An experienced pharmaceutical attorney can help you navigate the legal process and determine the appropriate amount of damages to pursue for your injuries.
When hair loss is unexpectedly permanent, many patients experience depression, anxiety, a reduction in self-esteem, and a severely diminished quality of life.
Hair loss can be one of the most distressing side effects of chemotherapy. Most medications that are used as part of a patient’s regimen can cause temporary loss, and the patient is able to regrow hair after completing treatment. When the changes are unexpectedly permanent, many patients experience depression, anxiety, a reduction in self-esteem, and a severely diminished quality of life.
Multidistrict litigation (MDL) is commonly employed in product liability cases that involve similar claims against one defendant. MDL allows for an expedited evidence discovery process and prevents conflicting rulings from multiple judges, which can be very beneficial for individual claimants. Building a case against a large pharmaceutical corporation can cost millions of dollars and require thousands of hours of work. By combining cases, all plaintiffs can benefit from the consolidated efforts of the attorneys involved.
Taxotere® cases have not yet been consolidated under one judge. However, as more victims continue to come forward and file claims, an MDL becomes the most likely course of action.
MDL vs. Class Action
MDL and class actions are similar in that they both involve many claims against a common defendant. In class actions, plaintiffs are represented by a smaller group and any awards or settlements are divided up between all claimants. Those who participate in the class action give up their right to file an individual claim related to this litigation.
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In MDL, individual lawsuits are consolidated before one judge for evidence discovery, pre-trial hearings, settlement conferences, and scheduling. However, each claim remains separate and individual plaintiffs can retain their own legal counsel. Additionally, settlements and jury awards are based on the injuries and damages that are suffered, rather than each claimant receiving an equal share of a larger sum.
The Discovery Process
Discovery is a pre-trial procedure that allows both the plaintiffs and defendants to obtain the evidence that will be presented by the opposing side. There are several common types of evidence that can help prove your case, including:
- Medical records - A medical history may also be used to determine if you have a genetic predisposition to alopecia. If you suffered from depression or anxiety as a result of your permanent hair loss, your medical records may be useful in proving this connection.
- Medical bills - The cost of any treatment that you incurred as a result of alopecia can be pursued in Taxotere® claims. Plaintiffs commonly present bills from psychological treatment and hair restoration attempts.
- Employment records - If you missed any work as a result of your permanent hair loss, or the subsequent depression or anxiety, your attorney may request your pay stubs and tax returns to secure compensation for your time away from work.
- Proof of liability - You and your attorney must also provide proof that Taxotere® failed to adequately warn patients and health care providers of the risk of permanent hair loss. It is important to understand that either party can use this information, as well as testimony from your personal doctors and other medical professionals to argue for or against your case.
Taxotere® Lawsuit Updates
The lawsuits involving Taxotere® and permanent alopecia are still in the initial stages. Our legal team is carefully investigating the connections between the two. We will be providing updates on this lawsuit as more information becomes available.
Schedule a Consultation with One of Our Attorneys
If you or a loved one has suffered permanent hair loss or another serious complication as a result of taking the drug Taxotere®, please schedule a consultation with an experienced attorney in your area.