Imagine waking up each morning and hating to look at your reflection in the mirror. For many suffering with severe acne, this is a part of their daily routine. Each look in the mirror becomes a constant reminder of the condition that plagues them. Unsightly blemishes damage self-esteem and reduce quality of life for thousands of sufferers. Dermatologists across the country prescribed Accutane, a powerful acne drug, to reduce severe acne and renew patient confidence. Unknown to patients or doctors, the side effects would carry a lifetime of medical complications, including gastrointestinal diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and ulcerative proctitis, which can result in major surgery. Other side effects include mental illness and birth defects.
In 2009, Accutane manufacturers pulled the product from the market after definitive reports linked the drug to devastating side effects. Experiencing symptoms from the aforementioned conditions after taking Accutane, may qualify you for compensation in an Accutane suit. However, immediate action is required to take advantage of legal proceedings that would hold drug companies accountable.
With an approved physician’s diagnosis and treatment, contacting a trusted attorney is your next step. In states across the country, the statute of limitations to file an Accutane suit is expiring. The statute of limitations prohibits plaintiffs from filing a lawsuit after time has diminished the legitimacy of the case. Lost evidence or deceased witnesses contribute to the difficulty of presenting a claim after the statute ends. Throughout the country the limit varies from 1 to 3 years depending on the state, however, for many it is 2 years.
With many states exercising the 2 year rule, the deadline for plaintiffs is fast approaching. Accutane was officially discontinued in June of 2009. With the two year rule, the statute of limitations will end in June of 2011. For those still considering whether or not to file, it is urgent that you seek expert legal advice. Consider the period of Accutane consumption, the type of injuries suffered, and the medical treatment received as useful information to provide your attorney. This will help your legal team make an informed decision on how best to process your claim.
For many users of Accutane, they only wanted to rid themselves of a socially crippling condition. In return, they received a life threatening condition. Do not hesitate to receive the compensation you need to repair the damage Accutane manufacturers caused. Contact the attorneys at Johnson Law Group and begin the process of filing your Accutane suit.