Janssen Pharmaceuticals originally released Elmiron to treat conditions like interstitial cystitis. Nowadays, the drug is known more for its side effects than it is for potential treatments. Patients who’ve taken Elmiron in the past now report increasing difficulty seeing, to the point where some have developed maculopathy.
Janssen Pharmaceuticals’ initial refusal to list blindness and maculopathy among Elmiron’s side effects has opened the manufacturer and its parent company, Johnson & Johnson, up to product liability lawsuits. If you’ve suffered worsening eyesight or similar conditions and believe Elmiron may be to blame, Christina Pendleton & Associates is ready to go to bat for you.
The Trouble With Elmiron
Elmiron was released in 1996 as a drug meant to help treat interstitial cystitis. At the time of its release, its manufacturer did not warn users about side effects impacting a person’s vision.
After several years of Elmiron use, some patients reported a significant decrease in their ability to see. Others reported the development of maculopathy. At this point in time, injured parties began to pursue civil suits against Elmiron’s manufacturer, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and Johnson & Johnson.
As of early 2022, neither Johnson & Johnson nor Janssen Pharmaceuticals have recalled Elmiron. Rather, Elmiron’s new label now includes warnings regarding its risk of maculopathy. Even so, injured parties are intent on pursuing compensation for their losses – and anyone still enduring the negative side effects of Elmiron use can join them.
Working on Elmiron Litigation With a Product Liability Attorney
When you suffer a physical injury as a result of an ineffective product, you may need to integrate new accommodations into your life. When requesting those accommodations, you may feel as though you don’t have the bandwidth to file a product liability suit.
Fortunately, an Elmiron lawsuit lawyer can do more than represent your interests in court. Our attorneys can:
- Collect information regarding your case
- Submit your information by Virginia’s deadlines
- Communicate with liable parties on your behalf
- Calculate your potential settlement and negotiate for more substantial support
Most importantly, our attorneys operate on contingency. You will never receive a bill for our services, even if we win your Elmiron litigation case. You can learn more about our contingency fee agreements when first discussing your case.
Qualifying for an Elmiron Lawsuit
The matter of filing an Elmiron complaint involves the gathering of specific information relating to your losses. You’ll want to ensure that your complaint includes the identity of the party liable for your losses, the extent of those losses, and the compensation that you’d like in exchange for said losses.
Fortunately, some of this information is relatively straightforward to obtain. Thus far, cases involving Elmiron litigation have identified Janssen Pharmaceuticals as the party liable in their suits. However, you’ll need to separately detail your injuries and how long you’ve had a relationship with the company’s product.
Questions About Your Vision
Worsening vision is never pleasant to deal with. In many cases, however, defendants like Janssen Pharmaceuticals will argue that your loss of vision can be attributed to age or other conditions. With that in mind, you’ll need to prove that your conditions tie into your previous Elmiron use.
The conditions that can qualify you for an Elmiron civil suit include:
- Blurred vision
- Halo vision
- Reduced night vision
- Macular retinopathy
You can also seek out the medical opinion of a doctor or general practitioner to elaborate on your condition. These parties can contribute professional witness statements to your case if you want to better back your request for compensation.
Establishing a Relationship to Elmiron
Your Elmiron complaint should also establish the duty of care that the manufacturer owed to you at the time of your Elmiron use. In most of these cases, Janssen Pharmaceuticals’ refusal to either recall Elmiron or list its sight-related side effects on its bottle can be considered a violation of the company’s duty of care.
The circumstances that led to your use of Elmiron will be different from everyone else’s. To assess those circumstances and establish a relationship between yourself and the faulty product, you can turn to one of Virginia’s Elmiron attorneys.
Pursuing Compensation in Your Elmiron Case
Today’s Elmiron cases fall under the broader category of product liability cases. As product liability cases fall under the broader umbrella of personal injury cases, your suit can pursue compensation for your injuries and other losses. These can include:
- Expenses related to eye surgery or treatment
- Regular medical assessments
- Corrective or mobility aids
- Property damage, if applicable
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of wages or loss of opportunities to work
While medical treatments needed to restore your vision have bills associated with them, other losses, including pain and suffering, don’t. You can reference ongoing Elmiron suits or similar product liability cases to determine the value of your non-economic losses.
Ongoing Elmiron Litigation
As of early 2022, no Elmiron cases are in session. Rather, the first of these cases is expected to go to trial in early 2023. Thus far, neither company has issued settlements to parties who’ve filed against them. The companies currently face a combined 800 lawsuits.
With that in mind, you have some time to consider how you want to approach your Elmiron litigation. You can opt to join in with other injured parties or pursue a case on your own. Either way, an attorney can guide you through the process of gathering essential information and presenting it to a county clerk.
Join Virginia’s Elmiron Lawsuits Today
When you seek out treatment for interstitial cystitis, you want to know that medical professionals are doing their best to keep you safe. While Elmiron has proven to effectively treat this condition, the drug’s side effects can drastically reduce your quality of life.
If you believe your Elmiron use has contributed to your abrupt loss or decrease in vision, give our firm a call. Christina Pendleton & Associates can help you join in today’s active Elmiron litigation. To arrange your first case consultation, you can call our office or contact us using our online form.