Actemra Plaintiffs: Financial Challenges and Solutions

Jacky Gale | February 9th, 2018

Patients generally fill prescriptions and take medications with the understanding that any given drug might cause minor side effects like dizziness and drowsiness, but that on the whole, these drugs are generally safe for use as intended. Unfortunately, drugs like Actemra have been linked to life-threatening complications like stroke, heart attack, heart failure, acute pancreatitis, and interstitial lung disease. None of these deadly complications were listed on the label, which is why some patients and surviving family members have filed product liability lawsuits against the manufacturer, Roche.

Financial challenges of Actemra plaintiffs

Actemra (tocilizumab) is a biologic medicine approved to treat patients with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis, giant cell arteritis, and a couple of other types of arthritis. It’s an IL-6 receptor inhibitor, a type of immunosuppressive drug. But it’s also been thought to be the cause of hundreds of deaths and thousands of adverse medical events.

For the Actemra patients who survive, the financial challenges can be overwhelming. They may no longer be able to work and support their family, and they’re saddled with exorbitant medical bills. The surviving families of patients who have lost their lives also face significant financial hardships, in addition to their emotional anguish.

Product liability lawsuits are a legal way to pursue justice on behalf of the injured and deceased patients. They can also compensate families for their losses, but lawsuits can take years to resolve. Some of these individuals can benefit from legal funding.

Legal funding: A zero-risk financial solution for Actemra plaintiffs

You might hear legal funding referred to as a lawsuit loan or a pre-settlement loan. But it’s actually not at all like a traditional loan from a bank or credit union. It’s a non-recourse cash advance against your future settlement or jury award. In other words, you’d be borrowing money from your future self. If you do obtain compensation for your Actemra-inflicted injuries, you’ll pay back the advance at a competitive interest rate. But if you lose your case, you won’t owe anything at all. There is absolutely nothing to lose, and everything to gain.

For many Actemra plaintiffs, legal funding is a way to bridge the gap. It will tide you over until you’re compensated, and you can use the cash advance for anything your family needs. Use it to pay your medical bills or mortgage. You can even use it to buy birthday presents for the kids. Thanks to legal funding, you won’t feel pressured to settle your case quickly for less than what you deserve, simply because you can’t afford to wait for a solid settlement offer.

Taking the first step toward a financial solution

If you have an Actemra lawsuit pending, or you’re the plaintiff in another type of product liability or personal injury lawsuit, we invite you to apply for legal funding at LawStreet Capital. Our friendly representatives will walk you through our transparent process, which doesn’t require employment verification or a credit check, and doesn’t have any hidden fees. Remember that if you lose your case, you’ll owe nothing. Call us toll-free at 888-567-4436, and you could be approved within 24 hours.

Additional resources for Actemra lawsuit plaintiffs:

  1. American College of Rheumatology, Tocilizumab (Actemra),
  2. STAT, Failure to warn: Hundreds died while taking an arthritis drug, but nobody alerted patients,