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Who Is Eligible to File a Belviq Lawsuit?

To file a Belviq cancer lawsuit, you need to meet the following requirements:

  • Developed colorectal, pancreatic, or lung cancer;
  • Took Belviq for a total of at least six months;
  • Received a diagnosis of cancer within seven years of taking Belviq; and
  • Cancer must have originated in one of these three systems, not spread to them.
The last requirement means that if you were diagnosed with a different kind of cancer, but it spread to your colon, lung, or pancreas, you would likely not qualify. The requirement to take Belviq for six months doesn’t mean six months straight; it just needs to be a cumulative six months total.

If you lost a loved one due to cancer that may be linked to Belviq use, please contact us. Surviving family members may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit. You should contact Gerling Law within one-and-a-half years of losing your family member to qualify.

Before you meet with our Belviq lawsuit attorneys, please request all available information on your personal cancer history and Belviq usage to bring to your initial consultation. This information can help us determine your eligibility to move forward with a Belviq lawsuit.

How a Belviq Cancer Lawsuit Works

If you have never filed a personal injury claim before, you are likely unfamiliar with the litigation process. The first step is contacting our Belviq lawsuit attorneys at Gerling Law to schedule a consultation. You should contact us right away if possible because every state has a legal deadline to file a lawsuit. This deadline is known as the statute of limitations and provides only a limited window of time to take legal action. Failure to meet the statute of limitations means the court may throw out your case.

You also have a legal duty to mitigate your damages. What that means is you must seek medical treatment as ordered by your doctor. If you are diagnosed with cancer, but you wait six months to start treatment, you aren’t mitigating your damages. If your cancer spread during the time you didn’t get help, it will be hard to argue that the drug company is responsible for all your cancer and treatment. However, if you seek treatment timely and still develop additional types of cancer, that is arguable.

Once you have retained an attorney, we will handle all the complex and challenging legal tasks. We will start to gather evidence such as medical bills, lost time from work, and proof of your physical and emotional suffering. These pieces of evidence will help prove your injuries and damages during litigation.

Damages Available in a Belviq Lawsuit

In general, some of the most common types of damages you could receive in a dangerous drug lawsuit include:

  • Medical expenses to date;
  • Future medical expenses;
  • Lost wages;
  • Loss of earning capacity;
  • Disability;
  • Physical pain and suffering; and
  • Emotional pain and suffering.
In many defective drug cases, you could also potentially receive punitive damages. Punitive damages are reserved for cases that involve intentional acts or gross negligence. Punitive damages are often allowed in product liability cases because the defendants knew there were risks or side effects but prioritized profits over people’s lives. Punitive damage awards are usually significant because the court wants to send a message to the company and others out there not to engage in similar behavior.

Reporting Belviq Side Effects

The FDA is also requesting that patients report their side effects to better track these safety issues. It wants both patients and health professionals to report any side effects or adverse reactions to its MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program. You can submit your information one of four ways:

  • Fill out the MedWatch Online Voluntary Reporting Form;
  • Contact the FDA by phone at 85-543-DRUG (3784), and press 4;
  • Email the FDA at druginfo@fda.hhs.gov; or
  • Call 800-332-1088 to request the reporting form, then submit it via fax to 800-FDA-0178.
Once you’ve reported your side effects and possible cancer issues, it’s time to reach out to our legal team to move forward with potential litigation.

Disposing of Unused Belviq Medication

Healthcare providers should not be prescribing Belviq any longer and should let any patients know about the increased risk of cancer. If you use Belviq, it’s essential to dispose of any unused medication properly. The FDA recommends taking any unused pills to a drug take-back location or properly disposing of them in your home. The recommended method of disposal at home is:

  • Mix the unused pills with an uninviting substance such as used coffee grounds, dirt, or even cat litter. Note: Do NOT crush the pills when you do this.
  • Place the mixture in a sealed container, such as a bottle or Ziploc bag.
  • Throw the container in your regular trash to be picked up.

Before you dispose of your prescription bottles, be sure to remove all identifying information from the bottles. You can either recycle these pill containers at home or throw them away. The FDA also suggests that you speak with your healthcare provider about other alternatives for weight-loss drugs and management programs to control your weight.

Contact Our Belviq Lawsuit Attorneys

Hiring the right attorney in a product liability or dangerous drug case is crucial. Your attorney’s skill level and experience are directly linked with the potential compensation you could receive. The lawyers at Gerling Law have been representing injured victims for decades. We have extensive experience with dangerous drug cases as well as other types of defective products. We aren’t afraid to stand up to big pharmaceutical companies and other corporations releasing dangerous products that injure unsuspecting consumers. We also have the necessary financial resources to take your case to trial if the defendants refuse to settle.

Don’t settle for a law firm that doesn’t have the experience or financial resources to take on Eisai, Inc. Let our Belviq lawsuit attorneys help. Contact Gerling Law today to schedule an initial consultation. Remember,

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