Eye Drop Blindness Lawyer
Attorneys for Lubricating Eye Drop Blindness Claims
The Hastings Law Firm recognizes the immense distress and challenges faced by those who have experienced harm or loss of an eye due to contaminated or otherwise dangerous eye drops. Our team of experienced professionals is committed to providing you with the legal guidance and representation needed to navigate this difficult time.
If you or someone you know has suffered harm, blindness, or lost an eye due to using eye drops, know that the Hastings Law Firm is here to help you. We empathize with your situation and are dedicated to ensuring that justice is served.
Consumer Concerns with Contaminated Eye Drops
In January 2023, a multistate outbreak of carbapenem-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa (CRPA) was linked to the use of EzriCare® Artificial Tears eye drops. Subsequently, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced a nationwide recall of both EzriCare eye drops and Delsam Pharma Artificial Tears eye drops after the center for disease control reported serious infections related to “potential microbial contamination.”
In March of 2023, two more brands of eye drops were recalled: Purely Soothing eye drops by Pharmedica USA and Apotex prescription eye drops. These products were recalled due to cracked bottle caps and non-sterility which could result in possible contamination, further exacerbating consumer concerns.
How Do Eye Drops Become Contaminated?
Contamination of lubricant eye drops can occur during the manufacturing process, in which bacteria or other harmful substances may be introduced into the solution. Additionally, issues with bottle caps or seals can compromise the sterility of the product, leading to the potential for bacterial infection.
Other factors contributing to eye drop bacterial contamination may include improper storage conditions, handling, and transportation. All of these elements can contribute to an eye drop solution becoming dangerous before purchase.
Carbapenem-Resistant Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Linked to Blindness
CRPA, a specific strain of antibiotic-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa, can enter the eye through contaminated eye drops, causing severe infections that may lead to permanent vision loss. This bacteria strain is particularly concerning because it is resistant to many common antibiotics, making it difficult to treat and potentially life-threatening.
Symptoms of Bacterial Infection from Eye Drops
Symptoms of CRPA infection may initially resemble any other eye infection, but may worsen to include eye pain, blurred vision, redness, swelling, discharge, and light sensitivity. If you experience any of these symptoms after using eye drops, it is crucial to seek medical attention immediately, as early intervention is key to preventing more severe injuries and even death.
Bacterial infections caused by CRPA can quickly spread to other parts of the body and result in urinary tract infections, respiratory infections, and for those with weakened immune systems, even life threatening infections that are difficult to treat.
Are Preservative-Free Eye Drops at a Higher Risk of Contamination?
Preservative-free eye drops may be at a higher risk of contamination due to the lack of chemicals that prevent bacterial growth. However, it is essential to note that proper manufacturing, storage, and handling practices can mitigate this risk. Consumers should be diligent in checking for recalls and ensuring that their eye drops are from a reputable source.
Eye Drop Infection Outbreak Causes Blindness in Multiple States Across the U.S.
The eye drop outbreak has affected patients in 16 states: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin. This widespread issue highlights the importance of vigilance and awareness among both healthcare professionals and consumers.
When Should You Consider Contacting an Eye Drop Blindness Lawyer?
If you have experienced severe symptoms or harm that required medical treatments, lost wages, or significant medical expenses due to contaminated eye drops, you should consider contacting an eye drop blindness lawyer. Most states require that claims be filed within two years from the time of infection, so it is crucial to act promptly to ensure your case is eligible for legal action.
Deadline for Filing an Eye Drop Blindness Claim
For most states, the deadline to file an eye drop blindness claim is two years from the time of infection. It is vital to consult with an experienced attorney as soon as possible to ensure that you meet this deadline and preserve your right to seek compensation.
What to Expect After You File Your Eye Drop Injury Lawsuit
After filing your eye drop injury lawsuit, your attorney will guide you through the legal process, gathering evidence to support your claim, and negotiating with the defendants to obtain fair financial compensation for your losses. This may include reimbursement for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages related to your injuries.
Hire an Experienced Eye Drop Blindness Attorney and Get the Compensation You Deserve!
By choosing the Hastings Law Firm to represent you in your eye drops blindness case, you gain access to a team of professionals with extensive experience handling defective product claims, including those involving contaminated eye drops.
We understand the intricacies of these cases and the suffering endured by affected patients. Our team is dedicated to holding responsible parties accountable for their negligence and ensuring that you receive the compensation necessary to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and the emotional toll of your experience.
Do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation to discuss your situation and explore your legal options. The Hastings Law Firm is here to help you navigate this challenging time and obtain the justice you deserve.
Common Questions About Eye Drop Lawsuits
Below are answers to questions frequently asked about an eye drop blindness lawsuit:
How Much Does It Cost To File An Eye Drop Blindness Lawsuit?
At the Hastings Law Firm, we typically work on a contingency fee basis, meaning that you do not pay any upfront costs to file your lawsuit. Instead, our fees are contingent upon successfully recovering compensation for you. If we do not recover damages, you will not owe us any legal fees.
How Much Compensation Can I Receive For My Eye Drop Blindness Lawsuit?
The amount of compensation you may receive for your eye drop blindness lawsuit will depend on several factors, including the severity of your injuries, medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages related to your case. Each situation is unique, and the specific amount of compensation will vary. Your attorney will evaluate your case and help you understand the potential value of your claim.
How Much Time Do I Have To File An Eye Drop Blindness Lawsuit?
The deadline to file an eye drop blindness lawsuit varies by state, but it is typically two years from the time of infection. It is crucial to consult with an experienced attorney as soon as possible to ensure that you meet this deadline and preserve your right to seek compensation.
Where Will My Lubricating Eye Drops Lawsuit Be Filed?
The location where your lubricating eye drops lawsuit will be filed depends on several factors, including where the injury occurred, the defendant’s location, and the specific circumstances of your case. Your attorney will help you determine the most appropriate jurisdiction for your lawsuit.
How Long Will It Take To Recover Damages?
The timeline for recovering damages in an eye drop blindness claim can vary greatly depending on the complexity of your case, the willingness of the defendant to settle, and the court’s schedule. Some cases may resolve within a few months, while others may take years to reach a resolution. Your attorney will help you understand the potential timeline for your case and keep you informed of any developments throughout the process.
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