For Blindness, Maculopathy, and other Vision Loss Injuries
The prescription drug Elmiron is used to treat interstitial cystitis (IC), a chronic bladder condition.
While the drug has been prescribed for decades, new studies and reports have tied long-term Elmiron use to eye issues, including possible retinal damage, vision loss, and blindness.
If you or a loved one took Elmiron and subsequently suffered vision loss, blindness, or any other eye injury linked to the prescription drug, contact a the Elmiron Lawyers from TorHoerman Law.
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Elmiron puts users at risk of developing maculopathy, a degenerative eye disease that is the most common cause of blindness in the United States.
The type of maculopathy linked to Elmiron is called pigmentary maculopathy.
The lawsuit against Elmiron claims that patients who used Elmiron over extended periods of time to treat interstitial cystitis were unknowingly put at risk of maculopathy and other eye disorders.
Elmiron is prescribed to treat pain from the bladder disorder interstitial cystitis.
There is a class-action lawsuit filed against Elmiron manufacturers.
However, consumers who have suffered injuries related to Elmiron are eligible to participate in the Elmiron multi district litigation (MDL).
Elmiron usage has been link to a number of adverse health effects including blindness, maculopathy, and other vision problems.
The amount of compensation depends on the injury, severity of injury, and number of other factors.
Therefore, we can expect settlements to vary greatly case-by-case.
The average Elmiron lawsuit settlement is expected to range from anywhere between $10,000 & $600,000 per client.
Medical literature recently linked Elmiron, a prescription medication used to treat chronic bladder pain and other bladder issues, to an increased risk of vision problems.
Patients who were prescribed the drug Elmiron and developed maculopathy and vision problems have accused Janssen Pharmaceuticals, the drug’s manufacturer, of failing to warn the public about the risks of ocular toxicity and potentially permanent vision damage or loss.
Almost all Elmiron lawsuits have been consolidated into the Elmiron MDL (multidistrict litigation) in New Jersey Federal Court:
There are over 800 Elmiron cases consolidated in the federal court MDL.
It is currently too early to tell the amount of money for an average Elmiron settlement.
Bellwether trials are estimated to take place in January 2023, and settlement amounts will become clearer at that point.
Elmiron is an FDA-approved daily oral medication that is prescribed to treat interstitial cystitis (IC) and bladder pain syndrome.
Elmiron, scientifically known as pentosan polysulfate sodium (PPS), is thought to create a thin layer in the wall of the bladder to protect against irritating and potentially harmful substances found in urine.
Interstitial cystitis is a chronic condition causing bladder pressure, bladder pain, painful bladder syndrome, and sometimes pelvic pain.
The cause of interstitial cystitis isn't known, but factors that may cause the condition include defects in the protective lining of the bladder that allows toxic substances in urine to irritate your bladder wall.
This is what Elmiron, or pentosan polysulfate sodium (PPS), attempts to combat.
Elmiron is is more commonly prescribed for women suffering from interstitial cystitis.
Despite medical studies displaying tangible evidence of the danger presented by Elmiron, the drug has not faced a recall.
Elmiron is still available in the market though evidence has linked Elmiron to a number of adverse health risks including maculopathy, retinal damage, vision, loss, and blindness.
If you or a loved one has been prescribed Elmiron, talk to your doctor about whether there are alternative remedies available, even though a safe, scientifically similar medication does not exist.
If you have suffered eye injuries or vision loss and believe it is related to Elmiron, talk to your doctor about whether it is safe to discontinue use of the drug.
At that point, contacting an attorney is also a step you should consider taking.
Janssen Pharmaceuticals lists common Elmiron side effects as:
Janssen did not issue warnings about potential vision damage or loss.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology report noted patients might also experience additional symptoms.
These symptoms could include:
To help the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) track safety issues regarding Elmiron, the agency encourages both health professionals and patients to report any adverse reactions and side effects to the FDA’s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program.
Information can be submitted through:
Multiple reports and studies have come out that link taking Elmiron for long periods of time to vision problems, eye disease, eye injury, and potential permanent vision loss.
If you were prescribed Elmiron and developed changes in your vision, including but not limited to macular degeneration, impaired vision, blurred vision, and any other related eye disorder, you could be eligible for a lawsuit.
Contact an Elmiron vision loss lawyer to learn more.
The Emory Eye Center published a study, finding that chronic exposure to pentosan polysulfate sodium (PPS) is associated with pigmentary maculopathy, a unique form of macular degeneration.
A cumulative dose appears to onset the symptoms of the eye disorder:
Those suffering from this rare eye disease should contact an experienced attorney about an Elmiron Pigmentary Maculopathy Lawsuit.
Maculopathy (macular degeneration) is often painless, and patients might have trouble detecting symptoms early on.
Maculopathy symptoms include:
The first steps of Elmiron victims after being diagnosed with an injury should be mitigation.
You should do everything in your power to mitigate injury - mitigation is the process of minimizing the impacts of your injury, both physically and financially.
You should seek medical attention right away, follow your doctor's orders, and discuss substituting or discontinuing your use of Elmiron if you are still taking the drug.
It is important that you do not over-exaggerate or underplay your injuries.
THL Attorneys are currently accepting Elmiron Lawsuits.
If you were prescribed Elmiron for at least two years and developed maculopathy symptoms, eye disorders, or other vision problems while taking the drug, you could qualify for an Elmiron lawsuit.
Symptoms and injuries include, but are not limited to:
If you were prescribed Elmiron and developed any of these injuries, contact an Elmiron vision loss lawyer right away to discuss your legal options.
Your Elmiron vision loss lawyer will help you to complete a few crucial steps to ensure that your lawsuit has the best chance at success.
An Elmiron lawyer will help you:
Lawyers will work to gain compensation for your losses through an Elmiron lawsuit settlement or verdict.
Your state's statute of limitations bars the amount of time you have to take legal action after your injuries are first developed or discovered, so do not hesitate to reach out to a lawyer right away.
Evidence is paramount in Elmiron Lawsuits.
Lawsuits are won and lost based solely on evidence available.
Gathering evidence to support your legal claims is essential in building a strong case.
A lawyer will help refine which evidence best supports your case, but you should gather any documentation or medical records related to your Elmiron Lawsuit as soon as possible.
Elmiron lawsuits typically contain evidence such as:
Liability in Elmiron Vision Loss Lawsuits is expected to be placed on Janssen Pharmaceuticals.
Defendants named in the Elmiron Class Action Lawsuit include several pharmaceutical companies:
TorHoerman Law is not involved in the Elmiron Class Action Lawsuit.
The total losses that you incurred as a result of your injuries are referred to as damages.
Common damages in Elmiron cases include:
An Elmiron vision loss lawyer can help you to calculate your total damages, including both compensatory damages and punitive damages.
To give insight on how an Elmiron Lawsuit may play out, here is a recent example of one:
In October 2021, Deborah Quick filed an Oregon court case which alleged the prolonged use of Elmiron had caused macular vision loss.
She used Elmiron every day for twenty years, from 2000 until April 2020.
During her second year using Elmiron, Quick began to have trouble with her vision.
Quick initially filed a complaint against Janssen in federal courts in Oregon.
Her case was later transferred to the Elmiron MDL in New Jersey.
If you were prescribed Elmiron (pentosan polysulfate sodium) and experienced maculopathy, reduced vision, retinal injury, other adverse side effects - you could be eligible for an Elmiron lawsuit.
If you took Elmiron and were diagnosed with any of the above symptoms, you may be entitled to compensation for any losses that you incurred as a result of your injuries.
An Elmiron vision loss lawyer can help you to calculate your total damages, including both compensatory damages and punitive damages.
Consult with an Elmiron Lawyer...
After you have received medical treatment and diagnosis, contact an Elmiron lawyer from TorHoerman Law for a free, no-obligation case consultation.
An attorney from our team can help you get started on filing an Elmiron Lawsuit and represent you if needed.
You should familiarize yourself with the process of a civil lawsuit so that you are aware of the process of your Elmiron lawsuit.
If you do decide to move forward with your lawsuit, you will need to hire a personal injury lawyer to represent you as your Elmiron vision loss lawyer.
Vision problems affect people for the rest of their lives.
Proper legal action can help remedy both the economic and non-economic damages suffered.
Hiring a lawyer educated on Elmiron Eye Damage Litigation is critical for earning full compensation for your potential case.
Legal action can be intimidating, but working with a law firm that understands the attorney-client relationship and is experienced in handling complex mass tort cases can ease unneeded stress.
If you have suffered eye injuries after using Elmiron, consider hiring the Elmiron Lawyers at TorHoerman Law for your case.
TorHoerman Law has achieved more than $4 billion in verdicts and negotiated settlements for a variety of personal injury cases.
Our past results afford us recognition as some of the best attorneys in the country.
Our team of Elmiron Lawyers has put in the work to get justice for people around the country injured by dangerous drugs and defective medical devices.
We have some of the best attorneys in the state staffed on our team – and we aren’t just saying that.
A number of our attorneys have been named Top Lawyers in Illinois including Top 100 Lawyers in the state of Illinois - prestigious awards given through nominations by their peers in the industry.
Our focus is based solely on competent legal representation, relationship building, and full financial recovery for your serious injuries.
Our law firm is deeply involved in the Elmiron litigation and the Elmiron MDL.
THL's team of Elmiron Lawyers aims to hold Janssen Pharmaceuticals accountable for their negligence.
We are accepting Elmiron claims from any affected individual suffering from problems caused by Elmiron.
Our law firm offers free, no-obligation case consultations for all potential Elmiron Eye Damage Lawsuits.
Contact TorHoerman Law today to learn more about your potential Elmiron case and legal options.
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