What You Need to Know About Pursuing a Claim
Thanks to recent research, it’s now known that the bladder drug Elmiron can lead to eye damage and vision loss.
What Is Elmiron Eye Damage?
- Macular retinopathy
- Pigmentary maculopathy
- Degenerative maculopathy
- Macular/pattern dystrophy
- Retinal pigment epithelium atrophy
- Blurry vision
- Vision impairment or loss, including unilateral or bilateral blindness
- Halo vision
- Diminished night vision
- Other serious vision problems
Steps to Follow to Pursue an Elmiron Lawsuit:
1.) See a Doctor
Now that you know about the connection between Elmiron and vision injuries, the first step is to see a doctor.
If your vision problems haven’t been diagnosed yet, it’s essential that you see an ophthalmologist right away. It’s possible that your vision changes are totally unrelated to Elmiron – like part of the normal aging process – but if they may be a result of the medication, you need to know. Otherwise, you can’t make an informed decision about treatment for either your bladder issues or your vision issues.
In the new warning added to Elmiron’s label in 2020, the FDA noted that “follow-up retinal examinations should be continued, given that retinal and vision changes may progress even after cessation of treatment.” Even if you have stopped taking Elmiron, you should undergo regular vision exams, because new signs of maculopathy could still appear.
You should see your urologist to discuss the risks, benefits, and alternatives to continuing to take Elmiron. Although Elmiron is the only drug approved specifically to manage symptoms of interstitial cystitis (IC), it’s not your only treatment option. Treatment methods like nerve stimulation, physical therapy, bladder distention, bladder instillation, and the use of other medications may all be options to consider if you want to avoid any further risk of suffering Elmiron eye damage.
2.) Report Your Elmiron Side Effects.
Make sure to mention your concerns about Elmiron and vision loss to your doctor (ophthalmologist, urologist, or both). Your doctor can report adverse events to the FDA through special channels intended for healthcare professionals.
You can also report your side effects yourself – through the MedWatch Online Voluntary Reporting Form, by calling 1-800-FDA-1088, or by mailing or faxing a downloadable form.
3.) Gather Your Medical Information.
“Gathering” your information may mean getting together the documentation of your medical treatment, but it may also mean just gathering your thoughts.
During a free consultation, a legal professional will need some information from you to determine if the law firm will be able to help with your case. Expect questions like the following:
- What eye injuries or vision changes do you have? Knowing the exact names of any vision conditions that have already been diagnosed is helpful. Being able to explain what is wrong with your vision is also valuable.
- When did your vision problems begin? Have they gotten worse?
- Do you have any personal history or family history of related eye problems?
- Have you undergone any treatments for your vision trouble? Has your doctor recommended any course of treatment?
- Has your doctor given you a prognosis in terms of whether your vision will get better, get worse, or stay the same?
These aren’t difficult questions, but many people find that they have trouble remembering the details on the spot. Thinking about the answers to these questions can help you feel more prepared for the consultation and make the most of your time speaking with a legal professional.
4.) Be Prepared to Talk About Your Elmiron Use.
We know that talking about personal issues like IC can be awkward. And, when you’ve been on a medication like Elmiron for a long time, it may be difficult to remember when you actually started taking the drug.
Taking a moment to compose your thoughts about your history of Elmiron use may help you feel more ready to discuss your situation with an attorney.
Don’t worry – we’re professionals who deal with personal matters, including health matters, on a regular basis, so you have nothing to feel embarrassed about. We also don’t expect you to remember the exact date of every doctor’s visit or the dosage of every Elmiron capsule you’ve ever taken. The more information you can reasonably provide, the better we can examine the specifics of your claim to tell you what to expect.
5.) Think About Your Damages.
Although you may make a conscious effort not to dwell on losses that you can’t do anything about, you should think about these losses when you begin pursuing a claim. They’re what is referred to in the legal industry as damages, and they affect the value of your Elmiron lawsuit claim.
In what ways did your vision changes impact your life? Look at big things, like losing your job because you can no longer perform its functions. Also make note of the little things – things like not being able to visually take in those precious moments the way you used to, missing out on experiences and hobbies you once enjoyed because they require better vision than you have.
In determining the value of your claim, an attorney will ask you about the ways your vision problems affect your life. Don’t shortchange yourself in an attempt to seem positive. The money you get from your claim is what will help you make life with vision loss more manageable.
6.) Talk to an Elmiron Lawyer
You’re ready to take action. That starts with contacting an Elmiron attorney.
The process of retaining an attorney begins with a simple, free phone call. After a free consultation, you can consider your options for moving forward with a case.
The sooner you get an attorney involved in your case, the better. Victims of Elmiron vision loss only have a short time to file a claim. Don’t miss your window of opportunity.