Mass Tort Lawyers in Las Vegas
There are few things more frightening to a woman than discovering a lump in one of her breasts. Breast cancer is a traumatic experience in which treatment and surgery, generally followed by radiation and chemotherapy, is painful and disfiguring. While more and more people are surviving and overcoming this threat, it’s not easy nor fun. As such, it should come as no surprise survivors are happy to return to their normal life as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, not all of the approved drugs on the market allow a seamless transition back to normality. One chemotherapy drug choice many of those diagnosed with breast cancer, and a few other forms of cancer, will encounter is Taxol vs. Taxotere. Both belong to Taxane and are given via intravenous infusion, but one has a significantly different side effect: permanent hair loss. The manufacturer of this drug failed to adequately warn patients about this known risk.
As of July 2017, there are 1,272 pending Taxotere lawsuits. At Greenman, Goldberg, Raby & Martinez, our Las Vegas mass tort lawyers are currently investigating and gathering local claims to increase this number and take to court. We respect those breast cancer survivors in our community and understand the issues Taxotere caused them. This is why we are eager to hear your story and fight on your side.
Taxotere & Hair Loss
While hair generally grows back after chemotherapy, the risk of permanent alopecia or hair loss with Taxotere is high. In contrast, with Taxol, when a woman loses her hair it almost always grows back within six months.
At the heart of the Taxotere litigation are many patients who were not given a choice nor made aware of the potential of permanent hair loss before they used the drug. In fact, many of the pending lawsuits against Sanofi-Aventis, manufacturer of the drug, allege the company conspired to conceal information about their drug's permanent hair loss risks. Taxotere was first released on the market in 1996. In 2005, the European medical community was informed of the potential for permanent hair loss but it wasn't until 2015 mention of the risk was included on the U.S. label.
If you received Taxotere while being treated for breast cancer, or other forms of cancer, and your hair has not grown back, then you may be suffering from permanent alopecia. Symptoms include:
- Absence of hair throughout the body
- Lack of eyelashes
- Lack of eyebrows
Contact Mass Tort Lawyers in Las Vegas
Surviving breast cancer is not easy, but part of your recovery should not include permanent hair loss. If you suffer permanent hair loss because of Taxotere, then let GGRM, mass tort lawyers in Las Vegas, investigate and represent your case. We want to help you recover from your injuries and pave the way to a better future. Call 702-388-4476 to schedule a free consultation today.