Prilosec and Kidney Disease
Prilosec and Kidney Disease Lawsuits
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If, after taking Prilosec, you were diagnosed with kidney disease or another serious illness, you could have legal recourse and could potentially sue the manufacturer of the drug. Victims may be entitled to medical costs, pain and suffering, loss of wages, and other damages.
Large drug manufacturers sometimes put profit before safety. We know this is wrong and are prepared to fight for your rights. If you suffered serious consequences due to a drugmaker’s negligence, Morgan & Morgan could help you get justice.
Timely action can be essential as there are time limits for drug lawsuits. Our dedicated legal team can determine your options for filing a Prilosec and kidney disease lawsuit. Contact us now to get started with a free case review.
What Is Prilosec?
Prilosec is an over-the-counter proton pump inhibitor (PPI) containing the active ingredient omeprazole. Omeprazole reduces the production of stomach acid, which can provide relief to sufferers of gastrointestinal conditions such as heartburn, indigestion, and others.
According to the Mayo Clinic, Prilosec can treat the following conditions:
- Gastric ulcers
- Duodenal ulcers
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Ulcers caused by the H. pylori bacteria
- Upper gastrointestinal bleeding
Side-Effects Linked to Prilosec
A variety of side effects have been linked to the use of Prilosec and similar PPI medications, including but not limited to:
- Body aches
- Breathing difficulties
- Diarrhea and gas
- Nasal congestion
Serious Diseases Potentially Linked to Prilosec
In addition to some of the expected side effects, Prilosec and other PPIs have in recent years come under fire for potentially being linked to serious diseases. A 2016 study published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology showed evidence that proton-pump inhibitors can cause stomach polyps and potentially even gastric cancer. Prilosec has also been linked to:
- Kidney disease and kidney failure
- Esophageal cancer
- Kidney inflammation
- Elevated risk of fractures
- Heart disease
If you have suffered from any serious and unexpected side effects or illnesses due to Prilosec, get in touch with our responsive legal team today. You could potentially qualify for a Prilosec and kidney disease lawsuit and recover compensation.
Prilosec and Kidney Disease
Research published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) shows a concrete link between omeprazole, the main ingredient in Prilosec, and chronic kidney disease. Individuals who have used Prilosec long-term can be prone to developing serious and irreversible kidney problems.
What Is Chronic Kidney Disease?
Chronic kidney disease, also called chronic kidney failure, is a progressive loss of kidney function. When chronic kidney disease progresses significantly, dangerous wastes and fluids can build up in a sufferer’s body.
Kidney failure is a “silent disease.” In the early stages of chronic kidney failure, individuals may not notice any symptoms. The disease typically does not manifest with signs and symptoms until it is at an advanced stage.
Unfortunately, there is to date no cure for chronic kidney disease. Patients typically progress to kidney failure and will eventually require dialysis or a kidney transplant to stay alive.
You Could Be Entitled to Damages
Injured individuals have filed a variety of Prilosec lawsuits in recent years. You could potentially sue Prilosec manufacturer AstraZeneca if you suffered significant harm due to the drug. However, you do not have to stand up to a powerful global corporation on your own. Let us walk you through your legal options now by contacting us for a free and confidential consultation.
The Manufacturer of Prilosec Could Be Liable
No drug is without side effects. However, drug manufacturers are responsible for doing what they can to ensure their medications are reasonably safe. Moreover, drugmakers should disclose and warn consumers of all known side effects. Not doing so could be considered negligence. Powerful corporations deliberately failing to warn consumers of significant risks to their health in order to maximize profits is morally and ethically wrong.
Current lawsuits against manufacturers of PPIs such as Prilosec and others allege that manufacturers knew of the potentially devastating side-effects of the drugs yet failed to warn consumers adequately. According to DrugWatch, Prilosec lawsuits put forward that manufacturer AstraZeneca was aware that Prilosec could cause serious kidney disease for at least a decade before warning consumers.
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Should I See My Doctor?
If you have any concerns about your PPI medication or have noticed any unusual symptoms, speaking to your doctor can give you peace of mind. If you have been taking Prilosec for a long time, it can be a good idea to attend regular check-ups, particularly regarding kidney function.
You May Be Able to Change Medication
If you are currently using Prilosec for occasional acid reflux and heartburn and are concerned about its safety, you could consult with your doctor about alternatives. Your doctor can advise you if over-the-counter antacids could help with controlling your symptoms.
PPIs are strong acid inhibitors and can come with several side effects. Antacids, on the other hand, are generally less powerful, potentially safer, and may have fewer side effects than PPIs. However, always consult with a doctor before changing or stopping any current medications.
How Do I Prove My Prilosec and Kidney Disease Case?
Proving a bad drug lawsuit can be challenging and complex. Moreover, claimants will have to potentially stand up against a multinational company with teams of lawyers at their disposal. Generally, to have a case, injured individuals will have to prove with compelling evidence that:
- The drug was defective or lacked adequate warning
- The drug’s defect directly caused injury
- There are damages such as medical expenses
Individuals harmed by a defective drug are generally entitled to seek damages with a lawsuit. Bad drug lawsuits typically revolve around one or a combination of the following three points:
1. Manufacturing defect
Drugs can get tainted or damaged during the manufacturing process. This can include wrong labelling on the drug, contamination, and other manufacturing mistakes.
2. Dangerous side effects
Occasionally, dangerous side effects can come to light even after years of a drug being on the market. Sometimes, a manufacturer knew about a dangerous side effect and deliberately failed to warn consumers or physicians.
3. Failure to warn
Warning labels or instructions printed on medications are occasionally inadequate, potentially causing harm to individuals.
Which Types of Compensation Could I Receive?
Every dangerous drug case is unique, and damages will depend on the severity of your injury as well as other facts of your case. However, victims of hazardous drugs could potentially recover:
- Current and future healthcare expenses
- Loss of income and loss of future earning capacity
- Awards for physical pain and anguish
- Awards for emotional distress
- Out-of-pocket expenses
You could also be entitled to other and additional damages, depending on your specific expenses and circumstances. Morgan & Morgan understands the problems you may be facing after suffering injuries due to a dangerous drug. We have helped countless injured consumers recover the compensation they need to put their lives back together.
How Much Time Do I Have to File a Defective Drug Lawsuit?
Most lawsuits have a time limit, called the “statute of limitations”. However, the amount of time available for filing a lawsuit differs from one state to another. Different rules may also apply regarding when the time starts ticking down. In some states, the statute starts running on the day the injury happened. In other states, time starts ticking from the day you noticed the injury or your doctor made a diagnosis.
Since the time for filing a lawsuit can be as short as one year in some states, you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible. A determined attorney from Morgan & Morgan can help you find out the best timing for your lawsuit and ensure no deadlines are missed. Waiting too long to take legal action could bar individuals from recovering the compensation they need.
Do I Need an Attorney to File My Prilosec Lawsuit?
Prilosec and kidney disease lawsuits typically involve complex legal issues and a considerable amount of paperwork. The evidence required to prove a case against a powerful drugmaker can be extensive and require the testimony of several expert witnesses. A specialized attorney can handle such potentially lengthy and tricky cases and has the tenacity required to see a bad drug lawsuit through from beginning to end.
How Much Does it Cost to Hire an Attorney?
Most attorneys handling bad drug claims work on a contingency basis. The injured person bringing the claim, also called “the plaintiff,” will not be responsible for paying any upfront attorney’s costs. The attorney will only get paid if and when they win the case. The fee in a contingency agreement is typically a percentage of the final settlement.
If you are a plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit, you will also not have to pay any upfront lawyer’s fees as the attorney will receive their pay from the final settlement achieved with the class-action lawsuit.
While lawyers’ fees and potential upfront court filing costs can vary from one attorney to another, you do not have to pay a dime to Morgan & Morgan unless and until we win your case.
Will I Have to Go to Court with a Prilosec and Kidney Disease Lawsuit?
Whether you will have to go to court depends on your specific case as well as the other side’s willingness to settle out of court. If your attorney can recover a fair out-of-court settlement from the negligent party, you will not have to attend a trial.
If you are a plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit, you will also not have to attend court. The lead plaintiff and attorney will handle the entire case, whether it is resolved in or out of court, on your behalf.
Personal Injury Lawsuits Rarely Go to Trial
In most cases, personal injury lawsuits are resolved out of court, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). Defendants such as drug companies can prefer to settle before a lawsuit goes to trial, potentially incurring less negative publicity and expense. However, this is not necessarily a given. A personal injury lawsuit against a drug manufacturer or other party could go all the way to trial, especially if a lot of money is at stake or your case is heavily contested.
If a defendant or insurance company in your lawsuit cannot agree to a fair settlement, your attorney can take your case to trial and fight for the best possible outcome. While bad drug lawsuits can be lengthy and go to trial, filing a suit may be the only way to get justice and recover the payout you need to go on with your life.
Morgan & Morgan Can Fight for Your Rights
If a company puts profits before the safety of their consumers, they should be held to account. The failure of a manufacturer to disclose serious side effects can have devastating, irreversible, and deadly consequences for consumers.
Morgan & Morgan thinks it is unfair that victims of a hazardous drug and their families are left to shoulder the financial, physical, and emotional consequences. We do not shy away from holding large corporations to account. Our determined attorneys can represent victims and their families strongly in and out of court and fight for fair compensation.
Find out about your legal options and next best steps by contacting us for a free case review now.
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