Elmiron Lawsuit Attorney
If you suffered vision loss or other eye-related issues after taking Elmiron, contact Spiros Law, P.C. today. We have experience fighting for our clients to get them the financial compensation they deserve for their injuries. We know the struggles you’re facing. You’re dealing with physical, emotional, and financial harm. We’ll help you seek justice against those responsible for your symptoms.
Janssen Pharmaceuticals admitted that their pharmaceutical drug could pose a risk for vision problems, such as pigmentary maculopathy. Despite their knowledge of the possible harmful link, they did not include appropriate warning labels. Their failure to warn consumers of their drug’s potential risks is negligent and gives injured clients like you the right to pursue a lawsuit.
To find out about our legal services and how we can help you recover the maximum compensation available, call Spiros Law, P.C. at (815) 929-9292 to speak with one of our Elmiron lawsuit attorneys.
What Is Elmiron?
Elmiron is a common anticoagulant that doctors prescribe for patients with cystitis of the bladder. The popular blood thinner treats bladder pain and other symptoms caused by interstitial cystitis (IC). IC is a chronic urogenital condition that results in a range of symptoms, including:
- Low back pain
- Pain in the pelvic area
- Bladder pressure
- Urinary urgency
- Hunner’s lesions
- Micturition frequency
IC causes a person’s pelvic nerve to signal the brain that they need to urinate urgently. In more severe cases, they could attempt to urinate up to 60 times in one day but only release a minimal amount of urine.
The most common factors that could result in the development of IC include:
- Autoimmune reaction
- Defect of the bladder’s epithelium layer
- Bladder wall irritation from epithelium leaking toxins
There isn’t a cure for IC, but treatment options like an Elmiron prescription are available so patients can manage their symptoms.
Elmiron and the Possible Link to Pigmentary Maculopathy
Medical researchers discovered that those who take Elmiron consistently increase their risk of developing maculopathy. Pigmentary maculopathy is the specific eye disease cited, which impacts the retina. Despite these findings, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hasn’t issued a recall of the drug.
Janssen Pharmaceuticals is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. They acknowledged that consistent doses of Elmiron could lead to eye disease and harmful symptoms. However, their warning labels didn’t list the potential pigmentary problems. The labels only warned users of the risk of minor side effects, such as nausea, headaches, and diarrhea.
It wasn’t until June 2020 that the FDA approved Janssen to change their Elmiron labels to include retinal pigmentary changes.
Symptoms Experienced by Elmiron Users
If you’re taking Elmiron or used to take Elmiron and experience any of the symptoms below, you should seek medical attention immediately:
- Partial or total vision loss
- Retinal toxicity
- Trouble reading or adjusting to dim lighting
- Symptoms similar to pigmentary pattern dystrophy
Researchers first noticed vision-related issues when they studied the effects of Elmiron back in 2018. They published their studies stating that patients taking the blood thinner for their interstitial cystitis developed maculopathy. Although elderly individuals typically develop this eye disease, researchers discovered people in their 20s and 30s were presenting with symptoms.
You Have a Right to File a Defective Drug Lawsuit
Janssen Pharmaceuticals failed in their duty to warn consumers about the risk of taking their medication. That is a clear act of negligence, which could entitle you to financial compensation from a civil lawsuit. To prove negligence in a defective drug case, there must be five elements that existed at the time of the injury:
- Breach of duty;
- Cause in fact;
- Proximate cause; and
The Elmiron lawsuit attorneys from Spiros Law, P.C. can file your lawsuit on your behalf. We understand the complexities of a legal process like this and have the experience to ensure each step is taken care of properly.
How Much Money Could I Win?
The amount of compensation awarded to you will depend on multiple factors of your case. A jury will review the following to determine the maximum monetary award you deserve:
- Extent of your eye disease
- Medical treatment required
- Impact of the symptoms on your daily life
- Time spent away from work
- Total expenses associated with the diagnosis and treatment
- Sufficient evidence available to present
In any defective drug case, there are damages you could pursue from the liable party. Compensatory damages fall under two categories: economic and non-economic. The damages you could potentially receive compensation for include:
- Past and future medical bills
- Out of pocket costs
- Lost income and earning capacity
- Long-term disability or physical impairment
- Emotional trauma
- Physical pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship
You Might Qualify for a Class Action Lawsuit
A class-action lawsuit is a civil action against one party that gets brought by multiple injured people. It’s best suited for individuals who suffer from the same injuries after using the same product. In your situation, you could join a class-action lawsuit against Janssen for your vision problems or diagnosis of pigmentary maculopathy after taking Elmiron.
Under certain circumstances, you could benefit from a class-action lawsuit over pursuing an individual lawsuit. There are pros and cons to both, and your Elmiron lawsuit attorney from Spiros Law, P.C. will go over them with you. We’ll make sure you take the path that can get you the highest compensation possible.
Contact Spiros Law, P.C.
You deserve justice for the harm you suffered. No one should experience adverse side effects from a drug they trust. You believed Elmiron would help you with your diagnosis of interstitial cystitis without causing additional medical issues. Unfortunately, Janssen Pharmaceuticals failed to warn patients about the risk of pigmentary maculopathy and other vision-related issues. Spiros Law, P.C. will help you pursue the compensation you deserve for your suffering.
Our defective drugs and devices attorneys have decades of experience helping our clients recover from their injuries and move forward with their lives. When you hire us, we’ll work diligently to reach a favorable outcome and get you back on your feet as soon as possible. We understand how difficult this time in your life has been. It’s our goal to win your case and get you the money you need to cover your expenses.
Call us at (815) 929-9292 today for a free consultation and find out how Spiros Law, P.C. can help you with your lawsuit.