Interstitial cystitis is a painful disease that leads to discomfort and pressure in the bladder, and many doctors prescribe Elmiron to treat this condition. However, recent lawsuits allege that Elmiron contributes to the development of maculopathy and irreversible vision damage due to the active ingredient pentosan polysulfate sodium (PPS).
Many former Elmiron patients are filing lawsuits against manufacturer Janssen Pharmaceuticals for these damages. If you used to take Elmiron, you may be eligible for compensation — but you will need to speak to a lawyer first. Your Elmiron attorney may ask you a series of questions during your free consultation, and preparing for these questions can streamline your case process.
#1: How Long Did You Take Elmiron?
Only certain individuals qualify for litigation against Janssen Pharmaceuticals. One criterion involves the length of time you took the medication — you must have taken Elmiron for at least two years and subsequently suffered vision problems. If you took Elmiron for a shorter period of time, your case might not hold up in the courtroom.
#2: When Did Your Vision Problems Start?
Your attorney may also ask you when you started developing eye problems. To qualify for Elmiron litigation, you must have started noticing vision problems either while you were taking the medication or within one year of stopping treatment.
For example, if you took Elmiron from 2017 to 2019 and received a diagnosis in 2020, you would qualify for a lawsuit. However, if you took Elmiron from 2013 to 2015 and received a diagnosis in 2018, you would not qualify.
#3: What Are Your Symptoms and What Treatment Have You Received?
It is very important for your attorney to know about your medical history, since it will form the foundation of your lawsuit. He or she will likely ask you about your diagnosis and understand where you are in your treatment program. Your lawyer will likely want to wait until you reach maximum medical improvement (MMI) to file your claim, since this stage presents a clearer picture of your future damages.
Before your meeting, write down the symptoms you experience and keep a record of your doctor’s visits, including the date, time, and events that occur at each appointment. Collect all evidence related to your diagnosis and Elmiron use, including discharge papers, written prescriptions, bills, and insurance documentation.
#4: Do Your Vision Problems Affect Your Daily Life?
Compensation in Elmiron lawsuits extend far beyond medical expenses. You can collect damages for any physical, emotional, or financial loss you experience due to the medication and your subsequent injury. To gain an accurate picture of your injuries, your attorney will ask you how the vision problems affect your daily activities, such as going to work, participating in your favorite hobbies, or spending time with friends and family. Be as honest as possible when discussing how the vision injury has affected you.
#5: Does Your Family Have a History of Vision Problems?
Pre-existing vision problems or a family history of eye damage can affect the outcome of your case. Your attorney will want to know every detail that could impact your claim, and if you or your family have a history of eye issues, he or she will need to know. Bring copies of your medical records and a description of any genetic history of eye problems with you to your consultation.
Speaking to an Elmiron attorney is an important first step to litigation. As soon as you believe you developed an Elmiron-related eye injury, contact your lawyer to discuss your injuries, medical history, and grounds for filing a lawsuit.