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.
How Can an Elmiron Attorney Help Me?
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.
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.
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.
Providing Legal Advice
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.