What is bladder cancer worth to a jury these days? Last month a Philadelphia jury awarded $2.3 million to a 74-year-old plaintiff who had his bladder removed after taking Actos for diabetes when he developed cancer. Two weeks ago the same case was back in court. This time it was not about the underlying issue of whether Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. who manufactured Actos caused cancer. It was established in the first trial that Actos was the significant cause of the bladder cancer and that his doctors failed to properly warn him about the dangers of taking the drug! This time my friend, Matt McCauley, Esq. was asking for punitive damages. The jury decided that Takeda did act with reckless indifference. They awarded the Plaintiff an additional $1.3 million in punitive damages. Yes, this is in addition to the $2.3 million awarded the prior week.
But this is not the first time a jury has found Takeda responsible for bladder cancer caused by Actos (pioglitazone). In fact, it isn’t the first time Takeda was held responsible for punitive damages! McCauley, who is the Senior litigation partner at a large firm in the northeast said this was the second time and that it is obvious that the juries “are clearly telling Takeda that they will hold them accountable for their conduct and actions.”
Victims of bladder cancer that have been allegedly associated with the use of the diabetes drug, Actos, are going to be able to recover compensation for lost wages, medical and surgical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages. The award of two back-to-back punitive damage awards signifies that juries are going to hold Takeda’s proverbial feet to the fire. When a jury awards punitive damages it goes above the normal award and subjects the company to additional scrutiny in the future. This is a very bad situation for Takeda and a very good situation for people injured by Actos!
Our firm is dedicated to protecting victims who were injured by defective medical devices and bad drugs. We have become actively involved in the Actos litigation. We believe every victim deserves their fair and full compensation due to the improper failure to warn about the risks of the drug.
To learn more about filing an Actos lawsuit, please call us at (561) 623-3681. All our consultations are free. All our cases are taken on a contingency basis. This means there is never a fee unless we get money for you!