Elmiron Lawsuit Attorney
Elmiron is a popular blood thinner medication used to treat the symptoms of interstitial cystitis. Research shows, however, that the prescription drug could lead to vision-related problems, such as maculopathy. If you took Elmiron consistently and developed ocular issues, you could qualify for a lawsuit against the manufacturer. Spiros Law, P.C. can help you pursue financial compensation for the manufacturer’s negligence in selling a defective drug.
You deserve a monetary award for the suffering you had to endure and expenses related to the necessary treatment of your injury. Our Elmiron lawsuit attorneys have the experience, skills, and resources to help you seek justice for your medical condition. When you hire us, we’ll fight hard for your rights and pursue the maximum compensation you deserve.
Call (217) 443-4343 to schedule a free consultation with us and find out how we can assist you in your Elmiron lawsuit.
Elmiron and Its Potential Side Effects
Elmiron (pentosan polysulfate sodium) is a prescription medication manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals. It’s a popular drug that treats interstitial cystitis, a bladder condition. When taken correctly, it creates a thin layer within the bladder wall that protects it from irritation.
The side effects Janssen listed on its drug’s warning labels included:
- Hair loss
- Upset stomach
- Weight gain
However, they didn’t mention the risk of developing maculopathy or other vision problems. It wasn’t until June 2020 that the drug company finally admitted to knowing about the hazardous effects of their medication and printed new warning labels.
Maculopathy is an eye disease that affects the retina. It typically causes central vision loss and vision distortion. The most common symptoms include:
- Gradual vision loss
- Vision distortion (objects that look deformed or smaller than they are)
- Problems focusing eyes
- Inability to see in a particular spot
- Trouble adjusting to dim lighting or total darkness
Do I Qualify for a Lawsuit Against the Elmiron Manufacturer?
If you took Elmiron regularly and developed maculopathy symptoms, vision problems, or another type of eye condition, you might be able to file a lawsuit against the drug company. Defective drug cases rely on evidence of negligence, which includes five elements. You must prove those five elements existed to pursue a negligence-based case:
- Duty: The pharmaceutical company owed you a duty of reasonable care to protect you from physical harm;
- Breach of duty: They breached their duty of care;
- Cause in fact: The drug company’s actions were the direct cause of your injury;
- Proximate cause: They should have foreseen the risks of their actions; and
- Damages: You suffered damages as a result of your injury.
There are two options when pursuing a defective drug case: individual lawsuit and class action lawsuit. An individual lawsuit involves one plaintiff and one or multiple defendants, while a class action involves multiple plaintiffs against a defendant.
A group of injured individuals called a class must have the same or similar injuries and allow one lead plaintiff to represent them. A judge certifies the class, and each member receives a notification by mail. They can either opt-out of the class or move forward with the suit. If you choose to remain a part of the class, the lead plaintiff will act on behalf of your and everyone else’s interests.
There are advantages and disadvantages to pursuing a class action case. The advantages include:
- Decrease the number of suits in the court system.
- Provide a monetary award to those who can’t afford an attorney for an individual lawsuit.
- Consistent treatment of each client with similar injuries.
- The defendant might be willing to settle due to the high number of plaintiffs.
- Reduce litigation costs.
- Increase the likelihood of receiving financial compensation.
The disadvantages of joining a class action include:
- The monetary award might not exceed legal fees.
- The class members give complete control to the lead plaintiff.
- Lose the right to pursue an independent lawsuit if the class action fails.
- Legal representation quality affects everyone.
- The resolution of the case could take longer than usual.
Pursue Compensation for Your Damages
If Elmiron caused vision loss or another vision-related medical condition, you could claim damages in your lawsuit. Damages include quantifiable and unquantifiable losses. They’re supposed to help make the victim of an accident or injury whole. You could recover a financial award for the following damages:
- Lost wages and lost future income
- Expenses for medical treatment
- Pain and suffering
- Disfigurement or disability
- Mental anguish
- Out of pocket costs
- Prescription medications
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Punitive damages
A jury will use crucial factors when determining the compensation an injured party deserves for their damages. Examples of those factors include:
- The nature and severity of the injury
- Impairment of the ability to perform daily tasks
- Disfigurement or disability caused by the injury
- Physical or mental suffering experienced
- Impact of the injury on the victim’s job
How Spiros Law, P.C. Can Help You
Our Elmiron lawsuit attorneys have decades of experience fighting for clients like you. We believe in seeking justice and ensuring negligent parties suffer the consequences of their actions. When you hire us, we will work diligently on your case and try to reach a favorable outcome as quickly as possible.
We care about our clients and always aim to develop a close relationship with them. You can depend on us to treat you like a priority and create a plan that reaches your goals. We want you to win the highest financial award available so you can cover your damages. At Spiros Law, P.C., it’s our goal to help our clients heal and move forward with their lives.
We offer a free consultation, so the victims of defective drug cases don’t have to pay for legal advice. We know you suffered enough and don’t want to add to your financial burden. We’ll meet with you to review the details of your situation and determine the best course of action moving forward.
To discover how our pharmaceutical product defect attorneys can assist you in your lawsuit, call (217) 443-4343 today. We’ll help you pursue the compensation you need to move forward and put this traumatic situation behind you.