Mass Tort & Defective Drug Attorney
Taxotere, a popular chemotherapy drug used throughout the United States,
has been linked to permanent and potentially-disfiguring hair loss in
women who used it while undergoing breast cancer treatment. The manufacturer
of Taxotere, Sanofi-Aventis, has been accused of hiding test results that
indicated the drug could or would cause hair loss in users. Multiple lawsuits
are in the works against this drug manufacturer.
If you have taken Taxotere and suffered irreversible hair loss, you likely
have a valid case against Sanofi-Aventis. Talk to Dean Law Firm to learn
if you should create a
defective drug lawsuit of your own, or opt into a preexisting
mass tort claim. Our office is based in West Texas but our injury attorney helps clients
Grounds for Taxotere Lawsuits
According to internal research conducted by Sanofi-Aventis, 10% of women
in their study groups suffered permanent or near-permanent hair loss after
using Taxotere. In one clinical study, 15% of women developed alopecia
– or baldness in areas that should grow hair – despite having
little or no alopecia history in their families. This information was
not included in any articles or studies published publically in the United
States, suggesting that the manufacturer knew it would hurt their sales numbers.
Some of the most common claims cited in Taxotere lawsuits are:
- Drug was sold without complete testing.
- Drug was never determined safe for regular use.
- Drug was sold without disclosing all risks and side effects.
- Healthcare providers and patients not provided adequate warning.
- Public advertising was misleading.
- Information was intentionally hidden from the public.
Compensation for Reduced Quality of Life
Women filing lawsuits against Sanofi-Aventis report feeling a significant
decrease in their overall quality of life. Even after the alopecia was
identified, treatments could do little to correct the clumpy, stringy,
or completely absent patches of hair. With destroyed self-images, many
women found it difficult to continue with their day-to-day lives. For
others, the hair loss was a constant reminder of their fight with breast
cancer, understandably harming their emotions and mental wellbeing.
When an injury case does not involve direct physical harm, the compensation
will often come in two forms:
Nominal: Monies paid to plaintiffs who have suffered emotionally due to another
party’s wrongdoing, hopefully helping them find peace of mind again.
Punitive: Court ordered payment to plaintiffs to penalize the defendant for wrongdoing;
often reserved for cases involving criminal acts but can be used in any
injury case, at the judge’s discretion.
Defend Your Rights & Self-Esteem
Taxotere’s unreported side effects can cause considerable harm to
a user’s confidence and quality of life. The drug manufacturer Sanofi-Aventis
should be held accountable for the undue hardship they put numerous women
through due to their disregard for proper information disclosure procedures. Dial
432.214.8125 today to speak to our Taxotere lawsuit attorney from Dean Law Firm. You
can also fill out an
online case evaluation form to begin your case that way, if you wish.