Your vision problems, vision loss, or blindness may be caused by Elmiron. Elmiron is a drug used to help with bladder pain, pelvic pain, or IC, otherwise known as interstitial cystitis. Elmiron may be very harmful to the retina in the eye and may cause major vision problems or worse: blindness. The technical name for the injury Elmiron may cause is maculopathy. The people that make Elmiron may have failed to warn you and your doctor(s) about the very serious risks for injury.
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What is Elmiron?
Elmiron is a prescription drug created by Janssen Pharmaceuticals. It is meant to treat interstitial cystitis in the urinary tract. The drug forms a protective layer on the bladder. This layer shields the urinary tract from irritants to the abdomen, pelvis, and genitals. Serious eye damage and vision problems may occur in people who take Elmiron. The generic name for Elmiron is Pentosan Polysulfate Sodium (PPS).
What is an Elmiron lawsuit?
An Elmiron lawsuit is a claim brought by a hurt person to be compensated for the harm that Elmiron caused. The manufacturer Janssen Pharmaceuticals may have failed to warn doctors and consumers about the potential risks associated with taking the Elmiron. Because of this, many good people unknowingly took a Elmiron with an unreasonable risk of harm. When we file an Elmiron claim we fight to to get the maximum compensation available to help serve justice and cover your costs for high medical bills, pain, and suffering, and changes in lifestyle.
Some of the possible signs of Elmiron vision damage may include:
- Blurry Vision
- Vision Loss
- Difficulty reading or seeing objects up close; short-distance sight issues
- Macular lesions causing vision loss
- Poor night vision
- Seeing spots in vision, usually dark spots
- Retinal pigment epithelium atrophy causing vision difficulties
- Dark spots
- Loss of Vision Detail
- Unusual capillaries or blood vessels
In addition to these symptoms of eye damage, there may be other side effects of taking Elmiron, including dizziness, liver problems, and weight gain. Elmiron vision damage may be confused with age-related macular degeneration. If you’re having trouble with your vision, be sure to tell your medical care provider that you have taken Elmiron.
What kind of lawsuit is an Elmiron claim?
An Elmiron claim is a personal injury tort claim. It is in the category of product liability claims because it is based on the manufacturer making a dangerous drug. The legal basis for the suit is that the company making the drug didn’t take appropriate steps to warn doctors and patients that Elmiron could cause unintended side effects in the form of serious eye damage. It is the individual victim who starts and controls the lawsuit.
The evidence linking Elmiron to eye damage includes:
- Approximately 25% of long-term Elmiron users develop eye damage
- People who take the drug for long periods of time are the most likely to develop vision problems – Medical examination of 140 patients taking the medication found high rates of abnormalities in the eyes and vision problems
- Evidence does not show that any particular vision issues are linked with having interstitial cystitis itself; instead, issues are linked specifically to use of the drug
- Symptoms may occur as soon as three years into drug use, although use for a period as short as six months may be harmful
- Database tracking shows a statistically significant rate of maculopathy abnormalities among individuals taking Elmiron
- Medical professionals discovered and tracked the link between Elmiron use and vision-threatening maculopathy. These studies examined and documented individuals using the drug and found that vision abnormalities occur in high numbers among those who have taken the drug for a significant period of time.
Elmiron Failure to Warn and Warning Labels
Elmiron failed to warn consumers of the possibility of eye damage and other side effects from using the drug. In fact, the packaging created by the manufacturer didn’t list pigmentary changes in the retina as a possible side effect until June 16, 2020. If doctors didn’t know about the potential side effects and serious damage that could occur from use, they could not have properly given patients the information that they needed to decide if they wanted to take the drug. Because patients did not receive the information that they needed to make an informed choice, they are victims of a failure to warn the consumer and inadequate warning labels for the drug.
What type of Retinal Maculopathy is linked to Elmiron?
Pigmentary maculopathy is the retinal maculopathy linked to Elmiron. Pigmentary maculopathy is a degenerative eye condition that can interfere with vision. The condition affects a portion of the retina that is very important in vision. Retinal maculopathy is irreversible. Symptoms may range from pain to difficulty seeing and vision problems to blindness.
What compensation can I receive from an Elmiron lawsuit?
Compensation that you can receive from an Elmiron lawsuit may include:
- Medical bills associated with treatment
- Projected future medical bills
- Canes and walkers if needed for mobility assistance
- Prescription medication, glasses and the like
- Lost wages and earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Compensation for lifestyle changes associated with vision issues
These cases aren’t easy, but we know how to help. To be compensated for your injury, it’s important to be able to prove that Elmiron caused the eye damage. We will help you find the right doctor to get the tests to be able to help show that Elmiron hurt you. We’ll help guide you through the whole process and fight to prove that the injuries you suffered were caused by Elmiron.
If you have suffered eye damage, vision loss, or blindness after taking Elmiron, you may be entitled to receive compensation. Time is of the essence. Don’t wait. The amount of compensation that you can receive for your case is different for each case.
All vision problems that occur from Elmiron can be serious. After all, our vision is extremely important to our daily life. Whether your vision problems are slight or severe, all of your damages and suffering should be reflected in your claim for compensation.
Elmiron Lawsuit FAQS
Can I bring an Elmiron lawsuit?
If you used Elmiron and you are now suffering from vision problems, you may qualify to start an Elmiron lawsuit. You must be able to show that you took the drug and that you suffered eye damage (maculopathy) as a result. An attorney can assist you in gathering the proof that you need to show the link between use of the drug and your injuries.
How do I bring an Elmiron lawsuit?
To bring an Elmiron lawsuit, you must ordinarily file a summons and complaint in the appropriate court of law. It can be difficult to determine the most appropriate court to file the case. The complaint must state the facts of the legal claim, what the drug manufacturer did wrong and a demand for damages. Once you file the case, you must serve the opposing party and take measures to gather proofs. You must counter any defenses presented by the opposing party.
What should I expect when I contact an Elmiron Lawyer?
When you contact an Elmiron lawyer, you can expect them to learn all that they can about your case. They’ll answer your questions. The lawyer explains what’s involved in bringing a lawsuit and what to expect during the process. They can give you insights into Elmiron lawsuits and unique information related to claims that involve the drug. Finally, they explain how they work and answer any questions you have about hiring them. Our lawyers will work on a contingency basis. This means that you do not have to pay an attorney a single penny unless they get compensation for you. The attorney’s payment is “contingent” on them getting you a settlement. After a settlement amount is reached and accepted by you, your attorney will receive a percentage of that settlement as their fee and will be repaid for any costs incurred.
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What is the Elmiron lawsuit statute of limitations?
The Elmiron lawsuit statute of limitations is the amount of time that a victim has to file a claim for financial compensation. Deadlines may vary by location and the facts of a claim. In fact, deadlines may be very short. Do not hesitate to contact an Elmiron lawsuit attorney as soon as possible to begin your claim.
How long will the Elmiron Lawsuit take?
The honest answer is that cases like Elmiron can often take years to resolve. The people and companies that hurt you will try to do everything they can to drag out these cases and make it difficult for justice to be served. Their goal is to pay you as little as possible. Our goal is to aggressively continue moving the defendant(s) and justice system toward the finish line to put maximum compensation into your hands.
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