Nevada Taxotere (Canalicular Stenosis) Attorneys
Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be devastating for you and your loved ones. Hoping for the best, you trust that your doctor and your medical treatment will bring you back to health.
You shouldn’t have to worry that the medicine that is supposed to cure you will cause you unexpected injury or harm. For some patients, unfortunately, that worry became a reality.
It has been proven in the medical community and through the medical literature that cancer patients treated with Taxotere can develop a medical condition known as “canalicular stenosis,” which causes watery eyes.
If you were prescribed the drug Taxotere during the chemotherapy phase of your cancer treatment, and developed watery eyes during or after your treatment, you may be entitled to compensation for your injury from the drug manufacturer.
The Nevada Taxotere lawsuit attorneys at Hotze Runkle PLLC have represented hundreds of clients who have suffered from the harsh complications of the defective drug Taxotere. They have the experience and the skills to help you recover the monetary compensation that you deserve.
We provide all of our clients with the same level of dedication and attention. We are not afraid to go up against the pharmaceutical companies and their defense attorneys. We are dedicated to helping our clients hold big pharma accountable for their actions.
Hotze Runkle PLLC and its team of attorneys are available to discuss your Nevada Taxotere lawsuit. Take our quiz to learn more about your potential case.
Do I Need a Nevada Taxotere Lawyer?
Bringing a case against a drug manufacturer for a defective product can be a complicated and daunting process, especially if you are still undergoing treatment related to your cancer diagnosis. However, you don’t have to do it on your own.
If you suffer from canalicular stenosis caused by Taxotere, you likely have many questions. For example, you may want to know about the damages you are eligible to recover. The attorneys at Hotze Runkle PLLC are here to help.
People who developed watery eyes after taking Taxotere are generally entitled to collect the following damages in Nevada:
- Unpaid medical expenses;
- Future medical expenses;
- Past lost wages;
- Future lost wages;
- Loss of profits;
- Loss and enjoyment of life;
- Pain and suffering;
- Emotional distress; and
- Out-of-pocket economic expenses.
In some instances, you may also be entitled to punitive damages from the drug company. Punitive damages are intended to punish the drug manufacturer for their wrongful acts, and to prevent the company from causing similar harm to others in the future.
To obtain an award of punitive damages in Nevada, you must prove that the drug manufacturer acted with fraud, oppression, or malice. That is, you must show by clear and convincing evidence that the drug company acted intentionally when it sold the defective drug, or with a “conscious disregard for the well-being of others.”
In Nevada, there is no cap on punitive damages for claims against a defective product manufacturer or distributor. There is some evidence that the manufacturer of Taxotere knew of the drug’s harmful side effects, yet lied about them.
Our team of Taxotere attorneys is available to discuss your watery eye case and answer all of your questions to help you move forward with your Taxotere lawsuit. There are certain time restrictions for filing a claim against drug manufacturers in Nevada, so it is imperative that you contact them as soon as possible so that you do not miss any important filing dates.
Why Choose Hotze Runkle PLLC To Handle My Nevada Taxotere Lawsuit?
The attorneys at Hotze Runkle PLLC specialize in litigating product defect claim against product manufacturers. Their hard work and dedication have resulted in significant successes for their clients. Over the years, the firm has collected over $100,000,000 in verdicts and settlements.
Patrick Hotze co-founded the firm in 2007. Patrick is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. He has dedicated his legal career to helping those who sustained serious injuries due to no fault of their own.
Patrick is admitted to the Texas state courts and to the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas. He is a proud member of the American Association for Justice, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, and the Christian Trial Lawyers Association.
Cofounder Ryan Runkle completed his undergraduate studies at Texas A&M University. He went on to obtain his law degree from the University of Texas, and has been representing injured victims ever since.
His successes have earned him the honor of being named a “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” and a “Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyer” by the National Trial Lawyers Association.
Ryan is a proud member of the state bars of Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Arizona, Colorado, Arizona, and Missouri. He is also licensed to practice law in the Federal District Courts for the Southern and Western Districts of Texas.
Ryan is a member of the American Association of Justice, the Texas Trial Lawyer Association, the Capital Area Trial Lawyer Association, and the Christian Trial Lawyer Association.
Karen Shanks is also a partner with Hotze Runkle PLLC. A graduate of Baylor University, she is passionate about helping people who suffered harm caused by the wrongdoing of others. She been recognized by the National Trial Association as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer.
Karen is admitted to the Texas and Louisiana state courts. She is licensed to practice in the United States District Court for the Southern and Western Districts of Texas.
Karen is a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, and the Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association.
If you believe that you developed watery eyes following your Taxotere chemotherapy treatment, call our skilled attorneys to discuss your claim. They can be reached at (800) 763-6155.
Nevada Taxotere Lawsuits FAQ
What is canalicular stenosis?
There are small tubes in the corner of the eyelids that funnel tears that the eye manufactures to the tear sac that is located in the nasal cavity. When the tubes narrow or close, it is known as canalicular stenosis.
Once the tubes close, the tears essentially have nowhere to go. Instead, they run down the face, causing the appearance of crying. This condition is known as epiphora.
Who is at risk for developing epiphora?
Taxotere was primarily prescribed as a course of treatment for women diagnosed with breast cancer, including advanced-stage breast cancer. However, other cancer patients were treated with the drug, including patients with lung cancer, prostate cancer, stomach cancer, as well as cancer of the head and neck.
Moreover, canalicular stenosis and epiphora occurred in cancer patients that were administered Taxotere, regardless of the frequency.
Hotze Runkle PLLC will review and accept your case if you developed epiphora caused by canalicular stenosis following your course of treatment with Taxotere.
How is canalicular stenosis treated?
For many patients, canalicular stenosis can only be repaired by surgery to open the closed or narrowed ducts with silicone stents.
Unfortunately, the side effect is permanent and will require lifetime maintenance following the surgery.
What are other side effects of Taxotere?
Another side effect of Taxotere may include temporary or permanent hair loss. It may also include shortness of breath, muscle or joint pain, and fatigue.
How do I prove my case under Nevada law?
To prevail against the drug manufacturer of Taxotere, a plaintiff must prove the following:
1) That the product was defective and the defect made the drug unreasonably dangerous;
2) That the defect existed when the product left the manufacturer’s possession; and
3) That the defect caused the plaintiff’s injury.
If these elements are proven, the drug manufacturer will be held liable for the damage that the defective drug caused under the legal theory of “strict liability.” That is, the plaintiff is not required to prove any wrongdoing on the part of the drug manufacturer.
What is the statute of limitations against drug manufacturers in Nevada?
If you suffered harm from taking Taxotere during your cancer treatment, you have three years to bring your lawsuit under Nevada law. The time to bring your lawsuit begins to run when you learn that the Taxotere caused your watery eyes, or you had reason to believe that the drug caused the side-effect.
Do I have to pay upfront for legal services?
No. The attorneys at Hotze Runkle PLLC will not charge a fee unless they obtain a recovery on your behalf. If they do not recover any money for you, you will not owe them any legal fees.
Typically, personal injury attorneys in Nevada charge one-third of the total amount collected as a fee. For example, if they recover $1000 on your behalf, you will owe them $333 in legal fees, plus any expenses paid on your behalf for the lifetime of your case.
Call the Nevada Taxotere Lawsuit Attorneys at Hotze Runkle PLLC Now
If you had cancer and developed watery eyes after your chemotherapy treatment, take our quiz to learn if you have a case.