Elmiron Lawyers in New Mexico
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Medical professionals and drug companies are held to very high standards due to the importance of their work. Every day, New Mexicans across the state put their lives in the hands of these groups, trusting that they will be taken care of. This means that any mistake a drug company makes can have serious consequences.
If you or a loved one has been injured after taking Elmiron, call (800) 863-5312 to speak with one of Zinda Law firm’s New Mexico injury lawyers near you today. The phone call is free and so is the initial, confidential case evaluation.
what is elmiron?
Elmiron is the name for “pentosan polysulfate sodium…a semi-synthetically produced heparin-like macromolecular carbohydrate derivative, which chemically and structurally resembles glycosaminoglycans.” In plain English, it is a drug that is used to treat bladder pain and discomfort resulting from cystitis, which is a type of bladder inflammation or irritation. It also has been used to relieve pain from some other types of injuries or conditions.
am i eligible to file an elmiron lawsuit?
Unfortunately, there is no simple yes/no answer to this question. The answer depends on many individual factors, and these are best discussed with an experienced attorney. There are many questions that our attorneys might ask to try to get to the bottom of this ultimate question, including:
- Have you looked for and/or received medical attention for your injuries?
- What is the reason that your doctor prescribed Elmiron to you?
- How long were you taking Elmiron before you started to notice the signs of your injuries?
- What, exactly, are the injuries that you have suffered from since you began taking Elmiron?
- Have you stopped taking the drug? If so, when, exactly, did you stop?
- Did you stop using Elmiron because a doctor directed you to?
- Have you received any sort of treatment for your injuries?
- How much, if any, does your impacted vision affect you on a day-to-day basis?
- Has your condition become better since you stopped taking Elmiron?
The conversation that you and any potential attorney have will be guided by questions like these, as well as the unique circumstances surrounding your particular situation. Speak with our New Mexico injury attorneys today to find out more about your potential legal options.
elmiron injuries and side effects
After concerns began to crop up about the drug Elmiron, a group of ophthalmologists conducted a review of a group of patients who had taken the drug for a significant period of time. What they found was extremely concerning—namely, that the drug appeared to be toxic to the retina. In their review, they found that about a quarter of the patients who had been taking the drug for a significant amount of time displayed definite signs of eye damage. In addition, they found that this damage could masquerade as other retinal conditions, including macular degeneration due to age or pattern dystrophy.
Because the damage from the drug in patients is often diagnosed as age-related macular dystrophy, many of the symptoms are the same. Some of the common symptoms that victims might experience include blurred vision, dark spots, difficulty seeing colors, difficulty adapting to low light, and even blindness. If you have been experiencing any of these symptoms and have been prescribed Elmiron, it is critical that you discuss your options with both an eye doctor and a drug injury lawyer.
who is liable for my injuries?
If Elmiron made you sick, you may begin to see the medical bills piling up. You might even be unable to do your job for a period of time and consequently not be collecting any wages. This leads many victims to begin to wonder if they are eligible for compensation and how they can go about seeking it. The first step in this process is determining who, exactly, is liable.
Drug companies are obligated to ensure the safety of the drugs that they manufacture and sell to the public. This responsibility continues even after a drug company first receives approval from the FDA; drug companies must continue to do research on the safety of their drug and report any findings resulting from that research.
In addition to the responsibility to put safe and effective drugs on the market, drug manufacturers have a similar and related responsibility to disclose all of the potential side effects of a drug to the FDA so that information can be passed along to doctors and patients. Patients have a right to know what might happen to their bodies when they take a drug, and this is only possible if they have accurate and current information.
If a drug manufacturer fails to live up to their obligations to the public, then they may be held liable if their failure results in injuries for someone who took their drug. The manufacturer of Elmiron is Janssen MD, which is a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson, which means that they are likely the party, if any, who may be held liable for your injuries.
why hire an attorney?
When it comes to the field of personal injury law, every case is unique. Even within a narrower field like lawsuits dealing with the same drug, no two victims will ever have the exact same story. An experienced drug injury lawyer can help you navigate the twists and turns that lie ahead and fight on your behalf for maximum compensation.
At the initial consultation stage, an attorney can help give you an idea of whether you even have a potentially compensable claim to begin with. If your claim is not worth pursuing, then it is best to know this as soon as possible to avoid adding any extra stress and hassle to an already stressful situation.
Assuming, however, that you have a valid claim, an attorney can begin to give you an idea of what it might be worth. This is critical, as insurance companies or drug manufacturers may pressure you to accept settlement offers soon after you realize your injuries. If you don’t know what your injuries are actually worth, you could be losing out on thousands of dollars by accepting.
After you have moved past the initial consultation and have hired an attorney, they can begin the process of building a persuasive argument. Drug cases are extremely complex and require a thorough and detailed investigation in order to build a compelling case.
In addition, drug companies are powerful organizations with deep pockets and lots of resources to throw at problems. They are committed to avoiding any appearance of fault, and given that they exist to make money, they want to pay out as little as they are legally obligated to. It is important that you have an experienced New Mexico injury lawyer on your side to stand up to these companies and protect your rights.
what is my case worth?
This question, too, is variable and dependent upon a number of different factors that will vary on a case-by-case basis. However, any compensation that you might be eligible to receive will generally fall into one of two categories of damages.
Economic damages are the tangible, objectively verifiable losses that you sustain as a result of your injuries. For example, medical bills, continuing cost of treatment or therapy, and lost wages from being unable to work a job would all be considered examples of economic damages. These sorts of damages are fairly easy to quantify and can be backed up with things like paystubs or the medical bills themselves.
Non-economic damages refer to the pain and suffering experienced by a victim as a result of their injuries. Whereas economic damages can be quantified with receipts and bills, it is a little bit harder to put an exact number on non-economic damages. The general rule, though, is that the worse a victim’s injuries are, the higher this number may be.
In certain cases, punitive damages may be available in addition to economic and non-economic damages. As opposed to the other two types of damages, which exist to try to make the victim whole again, punitive damages aim to punish a wrongdoer for their actions and serve as a warning to others who are in the same position. Punitive damages are generally not available in cases that involve only negligence—they are reserved for cases in which the wrongdoer acted in a purposeful or particularly reckless way.
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Suffering a severe injury from drugs that are supposed to relieve pain can be a devastating experience. Call Zinda Law Group today to learn more about what your legal options might be and how to pursue them. We believe that victims shouldn’t be forced to worry about their ability to afford legal representation, which is why you won’t pay us anything until we win your case for you—that’s our No Win, No Fee Guarantee.
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