Going through cancer and recovering from it can be devastating for both physical and mental health. To top it all off, if you get side effects from the very chemotherapy drug that you were trusting to save your life, it’s even more heart-wrenching. Taxotere is a chemotherapy drug that is used for breast cancer patients. In recent years, thousands of survivors have claimed that they suffered from side effects because of the drug. The biggest side effect is the permanent loss of their hair.
As a cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy, you do expect the loss of hair during the treatment but to lose your hair permanently at the hands of a drug is an ordeal for these survivors. If you or a relative of yours has gone through this experience after using Taxotere, you have the right to claim damages from the drug’s manufacturer. Hire a good mass tort lawyer to prepare your Taxotere lawsuit.
What Are Some Side Effects Caused By Taxotere?
Taxotere causes the usual side effects that are associated with using chemotherapy drugs. Its use has now been extended to other forms of cancer and not just breast cancer. It is used to treat:
- Lung cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Head/neck cancer
- Stomach cancer
Alopecia or permanent hair loss is its biggest side effect including some others:
- Loss of appetite
- Slow recovery from injuries and bruises
The alarming part is that Taxotere’s manufacturer Sanofi-Aventis failed to add this risk of Alopecia to the drug’s label before 2015 in the US. Women who have been treated before this claim that they were unaware that this drug could cause them to lose their hair and hence need justice.
Sanofi-Aventis Knew of The Risk
The very fact that Sanofi-Aventis knew of the risks of their drug and failed to warn the users in the United States is something that is grounds for claiming compensation for damages. They included the risk of Alopecia on their labels for the drugs sold in Canada and Europe, yet it took them 10 years to warn the users in the US of the risk of permanent hair loss. Before this, they outrightly mentioned that hair loss is temporary.
A medical manufacturer has a duty towards its users to do the tests and carry out the trials necessary and ensure the safety of their products. If these products have any side effects, then they are obligated to inform the users via proper labeling.
In 2009, FDA issued a statement mentioning that the drug was misbranded as well. While the company denied this and explicitly claimed that the hair loss was just short-term.
What Are Taxotere Victims Alleging in These Lawsuits?
These Taxotere lawsuits allege that Sanofi-Aventis knew about the risks of the drug all along and failed to provide the users an adequate warning through labeling and advertisements. The manufacturer had the duty towards its users to inform them of the risk through proper product design and warnings which they failed to do so.
What Damages Can be Recovered from a Taxotere Lawsuit?
As victims of the side effects of the drug, you have every right to claim compensation for your suffering from the manufacturer of the drug. You can recover compensation for the following losses through this lawsuit:
- Emotional stress
- Mental stress
- Degraded quality of life
- Therapy and psychological treatment costs
- Permanent disfigurement
The actual amount recovered depends on the extent of the damage suffered by the individual claiming compensation.
Are You Eligible to File a Lawsuit?
In order for you to be eligible to file a Taxotere lawsuit, you must have:
- Gone through chemotherapy with the drug
- Diagnosed with permanent hair loss by a physician
- Suffered losses because of hair loss that can be demonstrated
Only an experienced mass tort lawyer who deals with Taxotere lawsuits will be able to tell you if you are truly eligible for the lawsuit.
Let Us Help You!
Going through permanent hair loss right after recovering from the battle of your life with cancer can be a huge setback for anyone. Class Action Lawyers deals with Taxotere lawsuits across the USA and helps you find the right lawsuit to join based on your case.
Our mass tort lawyers are experienced in dealing with these cases and understand the legal process better than anyone. We can take away the stress of dealing with the legal process from your plate while you focus on your mental and physical health.
Suffering from Taxotere side effects? Contact us now.