You should feel confident when taking a medication that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves and a large pharmaceutical company like Johnson & Johnson distributes. Unfortunately, that is not the case for patients taking Invokana. If you took Invokana and suffer from ketoacidosis, kidney damage or failure, or have undergone an amputation, you should contact an Invokana lawsuit lawyer.
The attorneys at Gerling Law have helped thousands of victims and their families recover. Contact us for a complimentary consultation to determine if you are eligible to file an Invokana lawsuit.
Invokana Lawsuit Background
Invokana belongs to a class of medications called sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 inhibitors (SGLT2) which are meant to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes. The active ingredient, canagliflozin, inhibits the reabsorption of glucose in the kidneys and eliminates the excess sugar from your body through urination.
As the first drug in its class to be approved, Invokana was believed to be a miracle drug when it was first released by Janssen Pharmaceuticals (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson) in 2013. Unfortunately, it did not take long for Invokana users to experience severe, even fatal, side effects not listed on the medication. Studies quickly revealed that Invokana created an increased risk of ketoacidosis, kidney failure, bone density deterioration, cardiovascular problems, and amputations.
Patients began filing what are now known as Invokana lawsuits against the makers of the drug, Janssen Pharmaceuticals. The lawsuits allege that Janssen Pharmaceuticals is guilty of:
- Withholding necessary information from the FDA;
- Failing to conduct adequate research to ensure the drug’s safety for patient use;
- Failing to warn patients of all Invokana’s side effects; and
- Misrepresenting the risks and benefits of taking Invokana.
In 2017, the FDA issued a black box warning for Invokana, which means that the drug poses a serious health risk to users. This is the most serious type of warning the FDA issues. However, neither the FDA nor Janssen Pharmaceuticals has yet to recall Invokana.
While there is no Invokana class-action lawsuit, over 1,000 individual cases have been filed against Invokana across the U.S. In 2017, all Invokana cases were consolidated into multidistrict litigation (MDL) before the U.S. District Court of New Jersey. Over 800 cases are still pending.
In 2018, Johnson & Johnson came to an agreement to settle many of the cases. More cases are expected to be settled in 2022.
If you or a loved one suffers from injuries from taking Invokana, contact an Invokana lawyer today to discuss your case.
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How to File an Invokana Lawsuit
If you suspect you were harmed by Invokana, our experienced Invokana lawsuit lawyers can help.
Since there is no Invokana class-action lawsuit, you will have to file an individual lawsuit against Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Johnson & Johnson. You want to hire an Invokana lawsuit lawyer with experience defending victims against big pharmaceutical companies and who will zealously represent you.
To be eligible to file a lawsuit, you must have taken Invokana (or a similar drug) and suffered ketoacidosis, kidney damage or failure, an amputation, or another type of unforeseen injury. Death as a result of taking Invokana will also qualify the person’s loved ones to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit.
You have the option to file either in federal or state court. The Gerling Firm has extensive experience representing plaintiffs in mass tort cases.
The statute of limitations for filing an Invokana lawsuit varies by state. It is crucial to the chances of your recovery that you contact an Invokana lawsuit lawyer as soon as you believe you are suffering from the adverse effects of Invokana. It takes a significant amount of time and effort to collect all necessary medical records and additional information to formulate your case.
Damages You May Be Entitled to from an Invokana Lawsuit
For Invokana lawsuits, the type of compensation you may receive depends on your individual case. Courts typically award damages based on your out-of-pocket expenses and the type and extent of pain and suffering you endure. For example, if you file an Invokana amputation lawsuit, you may receive more medical bills than someone who suffers from bone density loss.
Since the settlement amounts in Invokana lawsuits are confidential, it is difficult to determine how much you could receive in a successful lawsuit. However, there are several types of monetary and non-monetary damages you may be entitled to.
You can receive compensation for all medical bills you have incurred as a result of Invokana's adverse effects. This includes any out-of-pocket costs such as prescriptions, doctors visit, hospital costs, and other health-related expenses.
If you or your loved one could not work because of the effects of Invokana, you may be entitled to compensation for your lost income. If you are permanently disabled, you may also receive potential future income.
Pain and Suffering
You may receive compensation for both physical and mental pain suffered as a result of using Invokana.
Funeral and Burial Costs
If your loved one passes away, you may be awarded money for funeral and burial costs.
Loss of Consortium
If your spouse or partner dies, you can be compensated for the loss of that relationship due to their untimely death. Other close family members, such as children, may also receive compensation for loss of the person’s care, companionship, guidance, etc.
To punish pharmaceutical companies for knowingly providing unsafe products, courts may impose punitive damages by awarding additional money to the plaintiff. These damages are rare but may apply if you can demonstrate that the pharmaceutical company acted maliciously—for example, by continuing to sell a product they knew was unsafe or trying to suppress important medical research relating to the defect.
Gerling Law Works On A Contingency Basis
Gerling Law’s experienced Invokana lawyers work on a contingency basis, which means there are no upfront costs. We only get paid if you receive money.
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