Several patients across the U.S. have suffered permanent hair loss after taking Taxotere. Depending on the nature of the injury, patients may file a lawsuit against Sanofi-Aventis, the manufacturer of Taxotere, for damages. Establishing legal liability is essential to winning a fair settlement. Contact our Pennsylvania mass tort attorneys for a consultation regarding your Taxotere alopecia lawsuit. We can provide you with legal advice and guidance on how to proceed in obtaining compensation for your injury. Read on to learn more about liability in a Taxotere lawsuits and how we can get you the compensation you deserve.
Legal Liability In Taxotere Lawsuits
Liability is the legal term for fault in a lawsuit. When a judgment is entered against the defendant, he/she is deemed to be at fault for the plaintiff’s injury. The defendant is ordered to compensate the plaintiff for her injury. If a patient has suffered permanent baldness after using Taxotere, she may have a defective product liability claim against Sanofi.
A defective product liability claim can arise under one of the following categories: 1) Defective manufacture; 2) Defective design; or 3) Failure to provide an adequate warning or instruction concerning the proper use of a product. To establish liability in Taxotere lawsuits, the plaintiff will have to prove that Sanofi failed to adequately warn patients about the risk of suffering permanent hair loss after undergoing Taxotere chemotherapy. A plaintiff can also file a claim based on Sanofi’s failure to update the drug’s warning label after learning patients experienced permanent hair loss.
To prevail in a liability claim against Sanofi, the plaintiff will have to prove that the manufacturer knew that taking Taxotere could cause permanent hair loss, had a duty to warn patients about the extent of hair loss, and failed to do so leading to the consumer suffering an injury. The plaintiff will have to prove each element above.
The manufacturer, distributor, or a retailer can be held liable for the failure to provide adequate warnings for the product if a consumer suffers an injury as a result of the lack of warning on the product. The doctrine known as “res ipsa loquitur” (translated this terms means “the thing speaks for itself”) shifts the burden of proof to the defendant. It indicates that the defect would not exist unless someone was negligent. If the doctrine is successfully applied, the defendant must prove that it was not negligent. Our attorneys can help you file a lawsuit against Sanofi for your permanent hair loss.
In the 1990s, Sanofi sponsored a study concluding that 9.2% of patients suffered hair loss which lasted ten years or longer. Sanofi has warned patients overseas about the risks of developing alopecia following Taxotere chemotherapy, but has failed to warn U.S. patients.
Patients who suffered permanent hair loss after taking Taxotere should file a claim for damages against Sanofi. Contact our Taxotere alopecia lawsuit attorneys for more information about how our Taxotere injury lawyers can help you obtain compensation for your damages. Do not delay in filing a claim. Doing so can bar you from recovering compensation for your injury.
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