For the uninitiated, Elmiron (generic name – pentosan polysulfate sodium) is a drug that’s used for treating bladder pain related to interstitial cystitis. While Elmiron may cause side effects, such as nausea and diarrhea, it has been in the news for other reasons. Elmiron lawsuits claim that the drug causes maculopathy and other retina-related disorders. Patients who have taken the drug and have been diagnosed with maculopathy may consider filing an Elmiron lawsuit.
What are the grounds for Elmiron lawsuits?
Most Elmiron lawsuits claim that the manufacturer failed to warn the physicians and public about the side effects of the drug. Prior to June 2020, the packaging of the drug didn’t not mention maculopathy as a risk. Since doctors were unaware that Elmiron can cause maculopathy, they continued to prescribe the drug. Also, if patients knew of these risks, they could have not taken the medication.
Is this a class-action lawsuit?
No. All Elmiron lawsuits are filed separately and are not a part of class-action. However, these lawsuits eventually join into a multidistrict litigation (MDL), which will accelerate the settlement process. In case of multidistrict litigation (MDL), the judge will hear a few bellwether cases, and the judgment will set a precedent for negotiations. If the matter is settled, all plaintiffs will get separate settlements.
Consult a lawyer
If you have been diagnosed with vision concerns after taking Elmiron, you may want to talk to law firms that are accepting these lawsuits. Note that every state has a statute of limitations, which often offers as little as one year to file such lawsuits after diagnosis. As such, in your best interests, talk to an attorney at the earliest. All Elmiron lawsuits are in an early state right now, and no settlements have been made yet. However, if you lose the window for filing a lawsuit against the manufacturer, you will have no scope to recover your damages. Lawyers are expectedly looking for maximizing settlements, considering that maculopathy and vision issues can impact someone’s life forever.
The settlement from Elmiron lawsuits intends to recover all past and future medical bills, besides other losses like lost wages and future income. Non-economic aspects like pain and suffering are also used by lawyers as valid reasons to seek maximum settlement. Check online now to find law firms in your area that are accepting Elmiron lawsuits. Talk to their lawyers to know if you have a valid claim in the first place.