An Elmiron® Lawsuit Can Help Compensate for Your Vision Loss
Filing an Elmiron vision loss lawsuit may help many people whose eyesight was damaged after they took the drug Elmiron to treat interstitial cystitis, a chronic bladder infection. If you had a prescription for Elmiron and experienced problems with your vision or lost your sight altogether, you should know that help is available. Contact our drug injury attorneys, who will be glad to review your case and help you explore your legal options.
Studies have linked the use of Elmiron to problems with vision. They show that Elmiron users may get pigmentary maculopathy, more commonly known as “macular degeneration.” This disease affects the retina of the eye and can cause major eye damage. Ultimately, maculopathy may lead to blindness.
If you have been taking Elmiron and are having vision problems, you may be entitled to compensation. Our Houston, Texas, law firm will be glad to examine your case to determine whether you have a legal claim. Call an experienced lawyer at the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant. We provide free consultations, and you won’t pay anything unless we win your case. We can be reached at (713) 973-8888 or toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000.
Your eyesight is precious. If it has been affected by this harmful drug, our Elmiron lawyers want to help you.
Does Elmiron Cause Eye Damage?
Studies at Harvard University, Kaiser Permanente, and the Emory Eye Center have shown that Elmiron can cause severe eye damage. A study of Kaiser Permanente patients that was presented at the prestigious American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) concluded that an astonishing one-quarter of the people who took Elmiron showed signs of eye damage.
Despite these studies, there has been no Elmiron recall. This dangerous drug, unfortunately, is still on the market, leaving those who have taken the medication to worry whether Elmiron causes blindness.
The extent of damage caused by pentosan polysulfate sodium (PPS), the active ingredient in Elmiron, appears to be far-reaching. The drug has been prescribed for decades to treat bladder cystitis and is the only drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat the problem. According to the AAO, about 1,000,000 people in the United States, mostly women, are thought to have the bladder cystitis condition. Hundreds of thousands of people have potentially used the drug. Many of them have used it long-term.
Scientists studying the drug recommend that people who take Elmiron who experience vision issues should talk to their doctor about discontinuing use. They further recommend that people on the drug who show no symptoms should be screened for retina damage.
Drug Companies Have a Duty to Warn About Side Effects
Pharmaceutical companies that manufacture drugs have a legal obligation to warn patients and doctors about dangerous side effects. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, the company that makes Elmiron, failed to meet its obligation to warn. Until June 2020, there were no warnings on Elmiron’s packaging or warning labels that would have informed patients and doctors about the risk of eye damage from taking the drug.
Janssen’s failure to warn you of the risks of taking Elmiron deprived you of the chance to make an informed decision about whether you wanted to take the drug. It also prevented your doctor from having all the information necessary to make the best decision about whether to prescribe Elmiron for their patients.
When people have been hurt because a company failed to warn them of the risks of using its products, the law gives the victims a way to seek justice. Section 82.003(a)(4) of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedy Code gives Texans the right to file a products liability lawsuit against the company.
If you have been harmed by taking Elmiron, you deserve to get compensation from the manufacturer. Talk to our team at the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant about an Elmiron lawsuit today. You can reach us at 713-973-8888 or use our website form.
Can You File an Elmiron Vision Lawsuit?
If you are one of the many people who has taken Elmiron and you are experiencing eye problems such as blurred vision or other symptoms, you may have the right to pursue a legal claim against the drug manufacturer. Even if you are not currently experiencing symptoms, the drug injury attorneys from our Houston law firm can answer your questions. Eye issues caused by the drug may not show up right away. You could be suffering from maculopathy even if you are not yet showing symptoms.
Many people who have been diagnosed with macular degeneration don’t realize that their eye problems are linked to Elmiron. Their eye doctors may not make the connection either. Doctors often incorrectly give patients a different reason for their eye problems. That may change in the future as more people become aware of how Elmiron can damage the eye’s retina.
At this time, there are no Elmiron class-action lawsuits. Because so many people suffered eye damage from using Elmiron, there are a large number of Elmiron vision lawsuits now being brought against the manufacturer, Janssen Pharmaceuticals. These cases are being consolidated into a single federal district court, where all pretrial proceedings will take place. This is called a “multidistrict litigation process (MDL).” The purpose of consolidation is to streamline and speed up the pretrial phase of the legal proceedings. MDLs can also save money, leaving more funds available to compensate victims.
In an MDL, unlike in a class-action lawsuit, your lawsuit remains separate from lawsuits filed by the other Elmiron victims. You retain the right to seek the damages that are appropriate for your individual situation.
MDL cases are more complicated than typical personal injury cases, and you need highly experienced drug injury lawyers representing you. The Elmiron lawyers at our firm are ready to help. Call us at (713) 973-8888 for a free consultation.
Compensation You May Receive with the Help of Elmiron Lawyers
If your eyesight is seriously damaged or lost, you will face many difficult challenges, which may last for the rest of your life. You may not be able to work anymore, or you may have to take a lower-paying job. Your enjoyment of life will suffer if you can no longer take part in your favorite activities. Relationships with family members can become strained if they need to care for you because of your damaged eyesight. Your entire world can change for the worse.
Experienced Elmiron lawyers can help you receive financial compensation for your expenses and losses. If you have eye damage from taking Elmiron, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical expenses – This includes the costs of both current and future medical bills.
- Lost income – You may miss time at work because of eye damage, or you may never be able to work again. Lost income includes both present and future losses.
- Future loss of income – You can recover damages for wages you would have earned, but are unable to for an extended period of time, or at all.
- Pain and suffering – Pain and suffering damages take into account your long-term physical pain from your eye problems.
- Mental and emotional anguish – Many people who are injured suffer mental and emotional trauma.
- Loss of enjoyment of life – If you can’t take part in activities you enjoy or if, sadly, you can no longer see your loved ones’ faces, you can lose your joy in life.
- Punitive damages – Punitive damages are meant to punish responsible parties. These damages may be awarded in cases of extreme negligence.
Our drug injury attorneys have extensive experience helping clients who were harmed by prescription medications. Call the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant at (713) 973-8888 for assistance.
Elmiron Lawsuit Settlement Amounts
The Elmiron lawsuit settlement amounts will reflect the harm you have suffered. Factors that are taken into account include:
- Whether the damage to your eyes is temporary, long-term, or permanent.
- The costs of the medical treatment for your eye damage and how long you are expected to continue to need treatment.
- The amount of income you have lost because of the eye damage and how much you can be expected to lose in the future.
- Pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, and other “non-economic” damages, which are usually valued in proportion to the severity of your injury.
Our attorneys at the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant will seek substantial compensation for our clients because of the seriousness of the damage that Elmiron caused.
Being able to see is priceless. The loss of that ability touches almost every aspect of your life. We are committed to fighting for compensation that fully recognizes the severe harm you have suffered.
What Are the Symptoms of Macular Degeneration?
Eye Damage Caused by Elmiron Can be Serious
You may not be sure that the eye issues you are experiencing are due to macular degeneration. Following are common symptoms of this eye disease that can be caused by Elmiron:
- Difficulty reading
- Eyes have a hard time adjusting to the dark
- Difficulty seeing close objects
- A dark spot at the center of the field of vision
- Dimmed vision
- Distorted vision
- Full or partial vision loss.
These are very serious vision problems. If you are suffering from any of them, you should speak to your doctor right away. You should also get the assistance of a skilled law firm that can advise you of your legal options. Our Texas Elmiron lawsuit attorneys will fight for your interests. Contact us by calling (713) 973-8888 or filling out our online form.
Who Is Responsible for Making the Drug Elmiron?
Elmiron is made by the drug company Janssen Pharmaceuticals, which is a division of Johnson & Johnson, a multibillion-dollar corporation. Many people who have taken Elmiron and now have problems related to macular degeneration are bringing claims against Janssen. Claims state that the drug company failed to warn people about the dangers of taking Elmiron.
Big drug companies should not be let off the hook when their drugs injure patients. We can help you be compensated for what you have lost because of the drug company’s negligence. Filing a claim may not only help you financially, but it will also send a message to drug companies that they must be more careful in the future.
You can talk to an Elmiron side effects lawyer by calling the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant at (713) 973-8888. We have a successful track record of taking on big drug companies.
How Do I Know Whether I Have an Elmiron Lawsuit Case?
If you have been taking Elmiron and are experiencing any problems with your eyesight, you may very well have a legal claim against the manufacturer. Even if you are not showing symptoms now but have been on the drug for a long time, you should have your eyesight checked. If your doctor determines that your eyesight might be affected, contact us, and we can review your possible options to join a lawsuit. It is important to speak to an attorney right away if you have been taking this drug for bladder cystitis and your eyesight is now showing changes. Don’t delay, or you may miss the opportunity to be compensated.
Why You Shouldn’t Delay in Getting Help from an Elmiron Lawsuit Attorney
Texas has a two-year statute of limitations for filing drug injury lawsuits. What this means is that you have two years from the date you discovered your injury to file a legal claim. If you don’t file a legal claim within this timeframe, you could lose out on substantial compensation. ***Always speak directly with an attorney for the exact deadlines that apply to your claim(s).***
You should not delay in speaking to an attorney if you believe you may have suffered eye injuries from the drug Elmiron.
We can advise you about whether you may have a case and help you explore all of your legal options. Don’t let time run out on you. If you do, you risk losing money that could greatly benefit you and your family in the future if your vision is damaged.
A drug injury attorney from the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant in Houston can help you understand your rights. Contact our firm today by calling 713-973-8888 or toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000 for a free, no-obligation consultation. We are here for you when you are facing difficult challenges caused by defective medication.