Last week I received my settlement offer.
I’d be more excited, but having had so many women share their experiences here on this blog, I have a pretty good idea of what’s in store and it’s just another long phase of waiting.
I am grateful, I am. But, I’m not gonna lie, I was expecting the offer to be more. Although, my lawyers are reminding me each time I call with a questions that this was a first pass and that my actual total is likely to go up.
One small bit that did surprise me was that Garretson had already started work on my medical liens before I received my official offer. I guess they were optimistic I’ll sign it. I’ve had a few different health insurances over the years and all but one are playing nice. This worries me a bit. I think Bayer is starting to hold on to ALL funds until ALL liens are dealt with – this could take more than a year.
Other than that, not much to report. I’ve gone over the offer with a highlighter and have compared it to any other document my lawyers have given me just to make sure there is nothing contradictory. So far everything lines up and is as I expected (35% lawyers fees, Judge’s fee, holdback for PLRP, etc.). I’ll mail the agreement back this week and then all I’ll have to do is wait and try to forget about it (I know, simple, right!?!).
I’ve tried so hard not to have any expectations, but I think that’s nearly impossible. Am I glad I joined the lawsuit? Yes. Do I think we’ve had the effect on Bayer I was hoping for? No. The bad press on YAZ has hurt the company’s ability to sell it, true, and I think that more women are starting to question their use of these drugs, but I was really hoping the FDA would step-up and take these drospirenone pills off the market. That’s not going to happen and Bayer will continue to make money while young healthy women drop dead taking a drug most don’t really need.
Am I glad to be receiving money for my injuries? Yes. This will enable us to pay down debt and save for the medical “what if’s” that could come our way. Will we be buying a vacation home in Aspen or flying the whole family off to Hawaii for vacation? Haha, no. But I’m grateful for the opportunity to wipe my financial slate clean.
I’m sorry if this post seems a little disillusioned. It’s been a long process for all of us. But, I hope most of you are nearing the end of this phase of your journey. I encourage all of you to keep asking questions, keep cheering each other on, and keep telling your story to anyone willing to listen. Our experiences have and will save lives!
An aside: For those of you who have received a settlement offer, but your lawyers are not telling you a.) how much it was for or b.) breaking down exactly where all of your fees and holdbacks are, I’d be concerned and suggest you hound your lawyers to provide this for you or get a definitive answer (in writing) as to WHY they can’t provide you that information. They should at minimum be able to give you a ball park.