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Can you hold a drug company responsible for your illness?

You expect that when your Ohio doctor prescribes you a medication, it is safe for you to take. Unfortunately, it has become clear that is not always the case. More medications, including those containing ranitidine, can put your long-term health at risk due to the presence of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which is a human carcinogen.

If you are diagnosed with some form of cancer after using Zantac or ranitidine, can you hold the drug company responsible? The answer to that question is not a simple one. 

While approval of a medication by the Food and Drug Administration does not relieve a pharmaceutical company of liability, proving the connection between a particular drug and your illness will require certain knowledge, experience and resources held by experienced personal injury attorneys.

Unfortunately, pharmaceutical companies retain teams of defense lawyers to help them combat claims filed by those people who have become sick due to taking prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications. They will attempt to dispose of your claim with as little impact to the companies as possible. You may even be offered a settlement. However, as much as you may need the compensation, it may not be in your best interests to accept it, especially since it will probably be much lower than you deserve.

When you face off with a drug company, you need every advantage you can possibly get. Not all legal professionals are equipped to handle pharmaceutical litigation. You don't have to face the giant pharmaceutical manufacturers alone, but you do have to choose your ally wisely.

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