Taxotere is a chemotherapy drug that is particularly effective in combating breast cancer. While most breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy expect to suffer hair loss, they certainly expect their hair to grow back after treatment has ended. Some patients who were prescribed Taxotere, however, suffered permanent hair loss, which is called alopecia.
There and many losses you can incur from permanent and unexpected hair loss, and Sanofi, the manufacturer of Taxotere, is being held liable for the damages of many breast cancer patients. If you lost your hair permanently after undergoing chemo with Taxotere, contact a Taxotere lawsuit attorney right away.
Failure to Warn
Lawsuits already filed against Sanofi allege that the corporation knew of the risk of permanent hair loss but did not inform medical professionals or their breast cancer patients of this risk. Many breast cancer patients agreed to the treatment program, never imagining that their hair would never grow back.
Pharmaceutical manufacturers have the duty to warn consumers of the risks of side effects from using a particular drug. When a company fails to properly warn potential users, consumers who experienced the harmful effects can file a product liability claim against the manufacturer. This is the basis for Taxotere lawsuits. If you suffered alopecia due to Taxotere use prior to 2015, you might have a claim against Sanofi.
Harm Caused by Permanent Baldness
Hair loss is already a distressing effect of chemotherapy, and many cancer patients struggle with hair loss on top of their fears and concerns about their cancer diagnosis. Ending treatment and having your hair start to grow back can be a great light at the end of the tunnel.
However, if your hair never grows back – or takes decades to do so – it can be mentally and emotionally devastating, similar to any other type of disfigurement. Studies have shown that baldness has a profound effect on a person’s quality of life and mental well-being. Hair loss can impact body image, decrease quality of life, and lead to depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders.
This is all bad enough for cancer patients who have their hair return after treatment. When hair does not grow back, the effects of baldness can be permanent, as well. Breast cancer patients with permanent alopecia from Taxotere treatment can seek damages for:
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- Mental trauma
Like many pharmaceutical lawsuits, Taxotere cases are complicated. It is necessary to speak with an experienced product liability attorney who can evaluate whether you have a claim and identify the best path forward to seek the damages that you deserve.
Consult with a Taxotere Lawsuit Attorney Today
Did you have chemotherapy with Taxotere and now struggle with permanent hair loss that negatively impacts your life? The legal team at Ged Lawyers, LLP, is ready to help. We understand how devastating alopecia can be, and we are ready to fight for the rights of patients who were not properly informed of the risks of Taxotere. Contact us for a free case evaluation.