THE GIFT OF FINDING GRATITUDE
IT’S ALWAYS THERE — WE JUST HAVE TO RECOGNIZE IT
This is the time of year when we usually gather with our loved ones to celebrate having each other in our lives and look forward to another year together. 2020 had other plans in mind, though, making this year less than ideal for mustering feelings of gratitude. But the reality is, that doesn’t have to be the case. It all depends on how you choose to look at things.
Even though this will be the first year in my entire life that I won’t be traveling to Chicago to spend Thanksgiving with my family, I’m still so grateful to have them in my life. I won’t be able to gather with my parents and siblings for our traditional get-together, but if staying put means each of them is more likely to stay healthy, I can’t ask for more than that. Luckily, for several months now, my family has dedicated time every Sunday to having a Zoom call and catching up with one another, and we’ve created some truly great memories that way. If not for the pandemic, that’s something we may have never done. So, I may not be spending Thanksgiving with my family, but I’m still so grateful for this new connection I’ve found with them.
companies decided to take advantage of the situation and attempt to delay their own processes. Other firms and their clients might have given up at that point, but I am so thankful to our clients for having the faith in their case and our team to keep pushing forward. The bottom line is that without our clients, we wouldn’t be here. Without their determination to seek the justice they deserve, we’d be an empty office. They give us humble purpose when they come to us for help, and this pandemic has only proven their resolve is unshakeable. I am so grateful to them for reigniting the passion our team has for what they do during a time when we needed it the most.
Even though it might seem that actively recognizing gratitude is reserved for when you’re sitting around the Thanksgiving table, the reality is that we can create our own feelings of gratitude at any time. If we slow down to recognize those things in our life that are good, no matter how big or small, we give ourselves the tools we need to be happy and do better.
Whenever a new team member joins us here at the Whisler Law Firm, we like to gift them a gratitude journal. It’s a place for them to write down the things they’re grateful for, any goals accomplished, and milestones they want to achieve. Our team has found that if we stick with it, reading back through a journal like this gives us everything we need to either feel inspired or find gratitude at any time. So, this holiday season, think about those things in your own life you’re grateful for and write them down. If you cherish them and act upon them, you might just make this the best Thanksgiving yet.
– Josh Whisler
“Outstanding Firm. Exceptional Service. Incredible Compassion. There are not enough words to express my gratitude to Jacob, Josh, and Ronnie. I am a survivor of Hurricane Michael and these guys are a blessing. I worked closely with Jacob, handling two claims for me, and I will be forever grateful for his intelligence, skill, and steadfastness. If you are trying to decide on a firm or seeking help and just don’t know where to turn, Whisler Law Firm is that beacon of light in the storm. It will be the first and last call you need to make. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me put my life back together.”
“My attorney Josh Whisler handled my case in a very professional manner. His staff kept me updated every step of the way. I was never left in limbo not knowing what was going on in my case. I was able to receive a very fair settlement from my insurance company thanks to the hard work and diligence of the Whisler Law Firm. Best part of all was the attorney fees were paid by the insurance company, not from my settlement. I would definitely recommend Josh Whisler to anyone needing an attorney.”
UNDERSTANDING THE ZANTAC MASS LAWSUIT
IF IT AFFECTS YOU, GIVE US A CALL
Cases filed against corporations on behalf of individuals harmed by their products are called mass tort lawsuits. They’re huge undertakings that can last years due to the number of plaintiffs they include, but they are necessary to hold these corporations accountable for their actions. The most recent one to make headlines is the Zantac lawsuit.
Zantac is the brand name of a heartburn medication called ranitidine. It’s a drug used to decrease stomach acid, and Zantac and other generic forms of ranitidine have been used for years to treat peptic ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux, and other related conditions.
But in 2019, one laboratory discovered that ranitidine likely causes high levels of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) exposure in users. Researchers found that the unstable molecules of the medication break down in the digestive tract to create harmful levels of NDMA, which is listed by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as carcinogenic. NDMA is even frequently used in research laboratories to induce cancer in rats.
The producers of Zantac and other forms of ranitidine were selling huge quantities of a drug that could be linked to cancer of the stomach, intestines, esophagus, and other areas of the body. And the strongest argument plaintiffs have is that Zantac didn’t stop production and sales sooner, despite having knowledge of these potentially harmful effects. They didn’t stop selling the product when NDMA was discovered in it or stop manufacturing it when the Food and Drug Administration issued a public warning. They pulled it from shelves, but it was still available. They had opportunities to protect consumers but ignored all of them.
Thousands of Zantac lawsuits will be filed over the next few years, and a Florida judge recently appointed a team of attorneys to begin proceedings. If you’ve used Zantac or ranitidine and believe health problems resulted from it, you may have a case to file. We can help you get in touch with the firms handling these lawsuits, so reach out to us with any questions you might have. If and when a settlement is reached, experts speculate it could be worth billions of dollars. The road might be long but, if successful, could bring justice to many, including you.