Do I Need an Elmiron Lawyer to File a Lawsuit?

Do I Need an Elmiron Lawyer to File a Lawsuit?

Some people with the bladder condition interstitial cystitis treated with the prescription medication Elmiron have suffered macular degeneration, a serious retina condition that often results in vision loss. Researchers have discovered that the active ingredient in Elmiron, a chemical compound called polysulfate sodium, is toxic to the retina. Elmiron's maker, Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals, now faces numerous lawsuits for failing to warn patients and their doctors about the risks of long-term Elmiron use. 

Retaining an Elmiron lawyer can greatly improve your chances of recovering full and fair compensation for your losses if you or a loved one suffered macular degeneration after being treated with Elmiron.

Janssen Pharmaceuticals Faces Thousands of Elmiron Lawsuits

The link between Elmiron and retinal damage first surfaced in 2019 after the American Academy of Ophthalmology published a study showing about one-quarter of Elmiron users presented with signs of retinal damage. In 2020, Janssen Pharmaceuticals added warnings to Elmiron's safety label. By then, hundreds of thousands of patients had taken the drug and some of those injured users are seeking justice through the legal system.

As a result of so many federal lawsuits being filed, a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey was created to help streamline pre-trial proceedings. Since the MDL was established, the number of lawsuits has grown exponentially to at least 1,923 cases.

Elmiron users claim that Janssen Pharmaceuticals should have known its medication had dangerous side effects that could damage the retina. By failing to warn consumers, plaintiffs say the drug company acted irresponsibly. As a result, it should be held accountable.

Those who have suffered retina damage from this medication deserve to be compensated for the harm Janssen Pharmaceuticals caused them. An experienced Elmiron attorney can determine whether you qualify for a claim and, if so, help guide you through the legal process and get the compensation you need.

What Damages are Available in an Elmiron Claim?

Each Elmiron case is unique, and the specific damages awarded will depend on the extent of the injuries, the evidence presented, and the laws in the jurisdiction where the lawsuit is filed. Since legal matters can evolve over time, it is recommended to consult with a qualified attorney with experience in Elmiron lawsuits for the most up-to-date information and guidance, such as the specific damages you may qualify for. Generally speaking, damages available in an Elmiron lawsuit may include:

  • Medical expenses: Compensation for past and future medical costs related to the treatment and management of eye injuries caused by Elmiron.
  • Lost wages: If the injuries resulted in missed work days or reduced earning capacity, plaintiffs may seek compensation for lost wages and potential future earnings.
  • Pain and suffering: Damages for physical pain, emotional distress, and mental anguish resulting from the injuries.
  • Loss of consortium: In some cases, the spouse of the injured person may be able to claim damages for the loss of companionship, intimacy, and support.

How Can an Elmiron Attorney Help Me?

An experienced product liability lawyer can play a crucial role in helping you with your Elmiron lawsuit and navigating the Elmiron MDL. Here are some ways in which an attorney can assist you:

A lawyer experienced in handling Elmiron cases will assess the details of your situation to determine if you have a viable claim. They will consider factors such as your medical history, diagnosis, and potential links between your eye injuries and Elmiron use.

Gathering Evidence

Lawyers will help collect and organize the necessary evidence to support your claim. This may include medical records, expert testimonies, and any relevant documents that establish a connection between Elmiron and your injuries.

Filing the Lawsuit

Your lawyer will handle all the paperwork and procedures required to initiate your lawsuit, ensuring it is filed correctly and within the statute of limitations.

Participation in MDL

If your case is part of the Elmiron MDL, your lawyer will represent you throughout the coordinated proceedings. They will participate in pre-trial discovery, where evidence is exchanged between parties, and in any necessary hearings before the court overseeing the MDL.


Lawyers are skilled negotiators who can engage in settlement discussions with the defendant's legal team or representatives. They will work to secure a fair settlement that compensates you appropriately for your injuries and losses.

Trial Representation

While rare, if your case does not reach a settlement and goes to trial, your lawyer will act as your advocate in court, presenting evidence, cross-examining witnesses, and arguing your case before a judge or jury.

Your lawyer will keep you informed about the progress of your case, explain your legal options, and provide advice on how to proceed at each stage of the litigation.

Ensuring Your Rights Are Protected

Throughout the process, your lawyer will ensure your rights are protected, and they will act in your best interest to achieve the most favorable outcome possible.

Contact an Experienced Elmiron Lawyer for Your Claim

Consumers have filed nearly 2,000 lawsuits against Janssen Pharmaceuticals over claims that its bladder medication caused retinal damage and vision loss. If you or a loved one were harmed by Elmiron, you may be eligible to recover compensation through a civil claim. One of the experienced Elmiron lawyers from our firm can help.

Our lawyers have experience representing clients who have been harmed by dangerous drugs. We can help you, too. Contact us today at 866-467-0943 or complete our online contact form for a free consultation, and let’s discuss your case.


Matthew Dolman

Personal Injury Lawyer

This article was written and reviewed by Matthew Dolman. Matt has been a practicing civil trial, personal injury, products liability, and mass tort lawyer since 2004. He has represented over 11,000 injury victims and has served as lead counsel in over 1000 lawsuits. Matt is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for resolving individual cases in excess of $1 million and $2 million, respectively. He has also been selected by his colleagues as a Florida Superlawyer and as a member of Florida’s Legal Elite on multiple occasions. Further, Matt has been quoted in the media numerous times and is a sought-after speaker on a variety of legal issues and topics.

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