The drug Prempro was designed to relieve menopausal symptoms, but a federal study conducted in 2002 found that the drug may be a contributing factor in causing breast cancer, heart attack stroke, ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, exacerbation of existing liver or gallbladder problems, and blood clots.
More than six million women took Prempro to treat hot flashes and mood swings and many lawsuits have been brought against Prempro’s maker, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and Pfizer, which purchased Wyeth for $68 billion.
If you used Prempro for menopausal symptoms and developed breast cancer or suffered a heart attack or stroke, you may have grounds for filing a civil lawsuit alleging negligence against the drug manufacturer. You should hire an attorney who is experienced handling Prempro cases.
Often lawyers offer free consultations and can tell you if you have a case against the drug manufacturer. Many lawyers also work on contingency. They don’t get paid unless you are awarded damages.
But you must act quickly. You have a limited amount of time beginning from when you realized the Prempro harmed you to file your lawsuit because of the statute of limitations.
Attorneys who have handled Prempro cases will have a wealth of information they can use in new cases.
They also will know what defenses Pfizer will raise and how best to counter them.
Once your attorney tells you have a good case, work begins on linking the harm you suffered to your use of Prempro. To do that, your attorney will take a number of actions, including:
Besides gathering evidence, on the way to trial your attorney will be occupied by defending against legal measures the drug company brings to prevent your evidence from being presented.
Your attorney also will document the damages Prempro caused you. These damages can include:
The vast majority of civil cases never reach a courtroom. They are settled between the parties involved. Your lawyer will work to achieve the best possible settlement for you.
If you choose not to settle, your attorney will aggressively present your case.