What is the Statute of Limitations for Zantac Cases?
With thousands of lawsuits being filed against the makers of Zantac, alleging that the popular heartburn drug causes cancer, many of our clients are wondering: “What is the statute of limitations on Zantac cases?”
If you’re considering filing a Zantac cancer claim or lawsuit, here’s what you need to know about the Zantac statute of limitations.
Zantac Statutes of Limitations At-a-Glance
The Zantac statute of limitations to sue drug manufacturers differs from state to state. In most states, cancer victims have one to two years after being diagnosed to file a Zantac lawsuit. That means that if you were diagnosed before the Zantac recall, the clock started running in 2019.
However, there are some exceptions, so you should always consult an experienced Zantac lawyer as soon as possible.
Most states operate by the Discovery Rule, meaning the statute of limitations starts to run when the victim discovers his or her injuries. In some situations, however, the statute of limitations is put on pause. This usually happens if the victim is a minor, incarcerated, or incapacitated in some way.
These scenarios can involve very complicated legal issues and laws which can give even experienced attorneys headaches.
States that do not accept the Discovery Rule for personal injury cases include:
- Alabama (2 years)
- Maine (6 years)
- Virginia (2 years)
States that do not accept the Discovery Rule for wrongful death cases are:
- Alabama (2 years)
- Florida (2 years)
- Georgia (2 years)
- Illinois (2 years)
- Maine (2 years)
- Minneapolis (3 years)
- New Jersey (2 years)
- New Mexico (3 years)
- New York (2 years)
- North Carolina (2 years)
- Oklahoma (2 years)
- Texas (2 years)
- Virginia (2 years)
There are other considerations beyond just the statute of limitations for Zantac lawsuits, however.
Here’s an important one:
In order to file a lawsuit, it must be no more than 10 years since the victim’s last Zantac (ranitidine) exposure prior to the cancer diagnosis.
“The statute of limitations for Zantac claims in my state has passed. Can I still join or file a Zantac lawsuit?”
If the statute of limitations has passed, it is possible (but not guaranteed) to join the Zantac multi-district litigation (MDL).
The MDL is a legal process that speeds up litigation for victims who may have been diagnosed with cancer as a result of taking these recalled heartburn medications. The MDL lawsuit is filed against the manufacturers of ranitidine (such as Zantac).
However, each case remains separate and will potentially have separate Zantac settlements (remember, there are no guarantees concerning a potential settlement or verdict in any particular case).
It is important to contact an experienced Zantac cancer lawyer to see if you qualify for an MDL lawsuit against the manufacturers of ranitidine.
For a FREE, no-obligation consultation with an experienced Zantac lawsuit attorney, please call Riddle & Brantley at 1-800-525-7111.
There is never any obligation, and you won’t pay any upfront costs or attorney fees unless we win your case and you receive compensation in a Zantac lawsuit or claim.
We can help determine the statute of limitations for Zantac lawsuits in your state, and advise you on your best available legal options.
Call 1-800-525-7111 or complete the fast and convenient form below for a FREE consultation and case review with one of our experienced Zantac attorneys.
Zantac Lawsuits: Brief Background
Over-the-counter (OTC) Zantac and other ranitidine-containing medications were recalled in October 2019 after testing by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed “unacceptable” levels of NDMA or nitrosodimethylamine, a known human carcinogen in the popular drugs.
“NDMA is classified as a probable human carcinogen (a substance that could cause cancer) based on results from laboratory tests.”
-Food & Drug Administration (FDA)
After NDMA was discovered in Zantac, plaintiffs began filing lawsuits against Zantac manufacturers, alleging that these companies failed to warn consumers of the danger, and that Zantac or generic ranitidine caused their cancer.
Roughly 20 different types of cancer have been linked to NDMA, which has been found in Zantac and generic ranitidine.
Manufacturers named in the Zantac cancer lawsuits include:
- Sanofi-Aventis US
- Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Do You Have a Potential Zantac Cancer Claim?
If you’ve taken Zantac for an extended period of time, meet the Zantac statute of limitations in your state, and have been diagnosed with cancer, contact the Zantac lawsuit lawyers at Riddle & Brantley for a FREE consultation.
We will help determine the statute of limitations for Zantac lawsuits in your state, and advise you on your best legal options.
“If you think you may have a claim, don’t wait — we can help determine if you fall within the statute of limitations for a Zantac claim or lawsuit.”
–Gene Riddle, managing partner and attorney, Riddle & Brantley
For a FREE, no-obligation case review with an experience Zantac cancer lawyer, please call 1-800-525-7111.
Your case may fall within the Zantac statute of limitations and you may be eligible for compensation in a Zantac lawsuit or claim.
Keep in mind, however, that not all cancers may qualify you for a Zantac lawsuit.
Potential cancers that may qualify you for a Zantac cancer lawsuit include:
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Lung cancer (if you’ve never smoked)
- Testicular cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Intestinal cancer
- Breast cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Uterine cancer
- Throat/nasal cancer
- Brain cancer
- Thyroid cancer
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Multiple myeloma
At Riddle & Brantley, our experienced Zantac lawyers have more than 200 years of combined legal experience holding drug manufacturers accountable for medications that may endanger patient safety.
“This settlement changed me and my family’s lives.”
–Linda B., Riddle & Brantley client
Please call 1-800-525-7111 for a FREE Zantac lawsuit consultation with a Riddle & Brantley Zantac lawyer or complete the form below.
There are never any upfront fees and we don’t get paid unless we win your case and you receive financial compensation.
The case review is always free. We will listen to you, advise you on your legal options, and help you determine the best path forward.
If you have questions about the Zantac statute of limitations, or are unsure whether you qualify for a Zantac cancer claim or lawsuit, contact Riddle & Brantley today at 1-800-525-7111.
You don’t have to go through this alone.
We understand what you’re going through and would love to help you and your loved ones get justice if we can.
Please call 1-800-525-7111 today and let’s review your case.