Birmingham Taxotere Lawsuit

Cancer takes the lives of numerous innocent individuals in Birmingham, AL, and throughout the United States each year. Chemotherapy is one of the treatments popularly prescribed for cancer treatment. Alopecia, or hair loss is one of the numerous side effects of chemotherapy. However, most chemotherapy-related alopecia is usually temporary. Hair starts growing back once the patient stops undergoing chemotherapy.

Hair loss is permanent, however, in many patients that take a drug used in chemotherapy called Taxotere. The drug causes serious and permanent loss of all body hair, including the eyebrows and eyelashes. Losing hair after using Taxotere can be a traumatic experience that results in body image problems, psychological distress, ongoing suffering, and even depression. Taxotere can also cause serious and even fatal health problems.

If you or a loved one lost their hair or suffered other side effects after using Taxotere, contact Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton to arrange a free consultation and explore your legal options. Our dangerous drug attorneys can guide you through the process of a Birmingham Taxotere lawsuit.

What Are the Negative Side Effects of Taxotere?

Using Taxotere can result in a number of serious side effects, including death. The risk of death is particularly high if a patient takes high doses of the drug or if they suffer from non-small lung cancer or liver disease and have undergone certain forms of chemotherapy in the past.

The drug can also cause a serious allergic reaction with symptoms that include swelling of the tongue, lips, face, or throat, trouble breathing, hives, red skin rash, or even feelings of possibly passing out. Other effects of Taxotere include the following:

  • Fluid retention resulting in swelling of the feet, lower legs, stomach, face, hands, or fingers
  • Low white blood cell count
  • Serious skin reactions
  • Joint or bone pain
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea or nausea
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Constipation
  • Neuropathy
  • Alopecia

If you have experienced any of the aforementioned side effects after using Taxotere, you should seek medical assistance immediately. You could be entitled to compensation depending on the nature of your injury, so contact Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton today to explore your legal options.

Has Taxotere Been Recalled?

No Taxotere has not been recalled. The FDA issued warnings about some of the side effects of the drug in December 2015 and subsequently updated the drug’s label to warn users about the possibility of permanent hair loss, but there has been no recall of the drug.

Still, the FDA may recall the drug in the future if it determines that its risk profile greatly outweighs its benefits. Fortunately, a drug doesn’t have to be recalled for lawsuits against the manufacturers to be valid.

Are There Lawsuits Pending Against the Manufacturers of Taxotere?

Yes. Taxotere lawsuits have been filed by over 10,000 breast cancer survivors along with their families.

The lawsuits accuse Sanofi-Aventis along with other manufacturers of being negligent in informing users about the possible risks associated with using the drug thus preventing them from making informed decisions regarding their health.

Specifically, the lawsuits allege that the manufacturers failed to disclose that that chemotherapy drug and its generic form docetaxel could potentially cause permanent hair loss. Litigation is currently ongoing and no settlements have been announced.

The key issue in these lawsuits is not whether Taxotere is a good or bad drug, but rather whether the manufacturer (i.e. Sanofi-Aventis) gave patients and doctors the information needed to make the right decision regarding cancer treatment.

The lawsuits have been centralized under multidistrict litigation (MDL), which aims to increase efficiency by allowing a single judge to oversee multiple cases that make similar claims and present very similar evidence.

Who Is Eligible to File a Taxotere Lawsuit in Birmingham, AL?

Permanent hair loss is a disfiguring condition, particularly for women. Women that experience disfiguring alopecia after using Taxotere not only suffer emotional and physical loss but also financial loss, which includes the cost of wigs and possibly even the loss of work or the inability to work due to significant psychological injury.

Taxotere has been used to treat thousands of patients in Birmingham, AL over the past two decades. It is commonly used in breast cancer treatment, but it is also prescribed for several other users. You may be qualified to file a Taxotere lawsuit against Sanofi-Aventis if Taxotere was used in your chemotherapy and you have suffered ongoing or permanent hair loss since then.

A woman, bald from chemotherapy, calling about Birmingham Taxotere lawsuit

If you completed chemotherapy and experienced hair loss that lasted two months or longer after treatment, you could be entitled to damages for medical expenses, loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, wage loss, etc.

If you are in Birmingham, AL, and have experienced permanent hair loss after using Taxotere, you have 2 years from the time you discover the hair loss or other injuries to file your claim. That’s why you need to contact the competent lawyers at Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton to avoid missing the statute of limitations and thus be unable to ever file your claim. We can let you know whether your deadline has passed.

How Much Will It Cost to File a Taxotere Lawsuit?

Legal costs are some of the key reasons why many people fear filing legal claims especially against large pharmaceutical companies such as Sanofi-Aventis since they often assume that they lack the financial muscle to seek justice even though those companies are clearly in the wrong.

Our lawyers here at Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton understand this, which is why we work on a contingency fee basis. That means that you won’t be required to pay us any legal fees unless we win compensation in your case. Just contact us today so that we may start exploring your legal options.

How Can a Lawyer Help a Taxotere Lawsuit?

Your Taxotere attorney at Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton will work hard to build a strong case to prove that liability for your hair loss, injuries, and other damages falls on the manufacturer of the drug i.e. Sanofi-Aventis.

The Taxotere lawyer will work hard to gather evidence that proves liability, assess damages incurred from your hair loss and/or injuries, file legal documentation on your behalf, and work to ensure that you are properly compensated for your injuries in the form of a favorable verdict or settlement.

Let Us Help With Your Birmingham Taxotere Lawsuit

Temporary hair loss is a common side effect of chemotherapy drugs including Taxotere. Studies, however, have shown that permanent hair loss is more likely in those that use Taxotere. The unfortunate reality with Taxotere-related alopecia is that you not only lose the hair on your head but also the hair on the rest of the body including eyebrows, eyelashes, etc.

If you or a loved one has experienced complications after using Taxotere, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses (such as hospital bills, surgical procedures, etc.) along with mental anguish, and other damages. Fortunately, the competent legal team at Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton is ready and willing to take on your case to ensure you get the justice you deserve.

To receive your free Taxotere lawsuit case review, all you need to do is fill out our free case evaluation form today. One of our lawyers will then listen to your story, give you an assessment of the legal options available to you, and even answer all the questions you might have about a possible Taxotere lawsuit in Birmingham, AL.

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