Patients who have been injured by Actos, a bestselling drug used to treat type 2 diabetes, are being urged to turn to the legal system to help pay for advanced medical treatments and mounting medical bills.
A federal jury awarded $9 billion to an Actos patient after the New York man was diagnosed with bladder cancer. The jury found that the drug’s manufacturers, Takeda Pharmaceuticals and Eli Lilly, withheld vital information about the drug’s dangers. Also known as pioglitazone, the drug has also been linked to congestive heart failure and macular edema.
Today, thousands of patients nationwide have filed claims in state and federal courts against Takeda and Eli Lilly, the United States-based distributor of the medication. The claims include negligence, fraud and malice. The injured patients say they’ve incurred severe financial losses as a result of medical care, surgeries and rehabilitation, just to name a few.
Bladder Cancer Settlements
The jury awarded $6 billion in punitive damages from Takeda, $3 billion from Eli Lilly and $1.5 million in compensatory damages. Analysts expect the award to be appealed, but the plaintiff is still expected to receive a large award in the case. In early 2013, a Los Angeles jury reached a $6.5 million verdict in the first Actos case to go to trial. A judge later overturned the verdict, but the plaintiff’s attorneys vowed to appeal.
With these significant jury awards, it is likely that the drug company attorneys are considering settlements for the remaining cases. In some cases, settlements may be a better option for injured patients. There are several reasons:
- There is no guarantee that your case will win. Even if your case wins, the award amount may be less than what was anticipated.
- Settlements allow access to funds quickly. These funds could be used to pay for medical bills and household expenses.
- Settlements also allow a greater deal of privacy. Most settlements include a confidentiality clause that guarantees the details of the case will be private.
- Settlements are less stressful than a court case. In most cases, attorneys do most of the negotiations.
Some experts predict that Takeda will pay out billions in settlements.
Legal Representation for Actos Victims
Experienced attorneys who specialize in large-scale pharmaceutical litigation can help explain your legal rights and options and help you file a claim. When choosing an Actos attorney, there are certain criteria you should look for:
- Solid reputation
- Efficiency in the office and the courtroom
- Good communication skills
- Skill with dangerous-drug lawsuits
- Knowledge about Actos litigation
Don’t assume that because attorneys advertise on TV or the radio, they understand the complexities and difficulties involved with such high-stakes litigation. A good attorney will be honest and upfront with you about the benefits and risks of an Actos lawsuit. Be wary of any attorney who makes promises about the outcome.