Diabetic Women Pursue Lipitor Lawsuit Settlements
Written by Stephen Fields on November 6, 2013
Following the publication of research that showed a possible link between Lipitor and type 2 diabetes in women, numerous women affected by this disease have filed cases against Lipitor’s manufacturer in hopes of a Lipitor lawsuit settlement.
Plaintiffs allege that although Pfizer knew that Lipitor could affect blood sugar, it failed to warn patients about the danger. Now, these women hope to receive Lipitor settlements that will help pay for the ongoing diabetes care they will need for the rest of their lives.
Usually the word “lawsuit” brings to mind a courtroom, a jury, cross examinations and closing statements. What many people don’t realize, though, is that the vast majority of lawsuits never reach the trial phase of litigation. According to an article in the legal journal Litigation, only one in 46 of civil tort cases (like the current Lipitor MDL litigation) ever went to trial—that’s just over 2%. The rest were resolved in earlier, behind-the-scenes stages of the legal process.
Sometimes civil cases end when the claim is dismissed altogether—the judge determines that a plaintiff does not have an adequate case, and refuses to hear their arguments. Other times, the conclusion of civil cases is a settlement reached between the plaintiff and defendant before the trial begins. In fact, judges often require that parties attempt to reach a settlement before they will hear a case.
What is a settlement?
A settlement is a deal made between opposing parties in a legal case. It can occur at almost any point during the pretrial or trial process. Settlements can also take many forms. If a Lipitor settlement is reached, it will likely involve plaintiffs receiving some amount of money in exchange for ending all legal proceedings against the drug’s manufacturer. Settlement agreements are generally confidential, and are enforceable by law.
Will I receive a Lipitor settlement?
Unfortunately, it is impossible to predict whether Pfizer will settle, or what the Lipitor lawsuit settlement amounts will be. There are many factors that influence the settlement amount that each woman could receive, including the strength of her case and the severity of her injuries. For this reason, it would be irresponsible for an attorney to make promises about Lipitor settlement amounts this early in the litigation process.
It is important to remember, however, that there is absolutely no fee to speak to an attorney about your case, or to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of Lipitor. In fact, there are absolutely no legal fees unless you receive compensation for your injuries. There is nothing to lose in filing a Lipitor claim. For more information, please contact our experienced Lipitor lawsuit attorneys at 1-888-578-4755 today.