The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issued an alert informing consumers of EzriCare Artificial Tears that they should immediately discontinue the use of this product. The CDC has issued this urgent warning after discovering that EzriCare Artificial Tears are the likely cause of a cluster of antibiotic-resistant infections. Multiple EzriCare Artificial Tears users have developed severe infections and suffered permanent impairments, in addition to extensive financial and emotional losses.
The product liability attorneys of Dolman Law Group anticipate that numerous product liability claims will be made against the makers of EzriCare, and we are prepared to assist plaintiffs in seeking maximum compensation for their damages.
You can reach out to our team to schedule a free consultation with one of our product liability lawyers to discuss the details of your case and learn more about what damages may qualify for compensation in an EzriCare Artificial Tears lawsuit.
How Can a Defective Medication Lawyer Help Me?
When a defective medical product causes injury, leading to financial, mental, or physical losses, the injured party may be entitled to receive compensation in a personal injury lawsuit. A defective medication lawyer is a critical asset to have if you intend to pursue a product liability claim against a negligent manufacturer.
They will have the skill set to analyze complex medical records, construct detailed timelines, and negotiate strategically to ensure that your settlement accurately reflects the extent of your damages. Additionally, a product liability lawyer will have the resources to get the product tested, secure expert witnesses, and keep up with the administrative demands of your case.
Securing a reputable product liability lawyer to negotiate your claim communicates two key things to the insurance company. First, it shows you’re willing to invest time and effort into pursuing a claim, rather than hoping to take whatever compensation they offer.
Second, hiring a personal injury lawyer indicates that your claim likely has merit, as product liability attorneys work on a contingency fee basis and don’t recover that fee until they successfully settle a claim. It is in their best interest to take on cases where the defendant is likely liable for their client’s damages.
EzriCare Eyedrops Recalled After Multi-State Cluster of Infections Reported
EzriCare Artificial Tears is an over-the-counter treatment for dry eyes. These multi-use, preservative-free eye drops are commonly used by people who suffer from allergies, engage in heavy computer use, or take other medications that result in dry eyes. It contains 1% Carboxymethylcellulose Sodium, which imitates the tear film of the eye to keep it hydrated.
On January 20th, 2023 the CDC issued a statement warning that EzriCare Artificial Tears may be causing serious types of infection, including eye infections and bloodstream infections. Thus far, infections have been reported in 11 states across the country in 50 different patients.
The common denominator between patients was the use of EzriCare Artificial Tears. While the CDC continues to conduct lab tests to confirm that the EzriCare Artificial Tears cause infections, eye drop users should stop using this product immediately and monitor themselves for signs of infection.
EzriCare Eye Drop Infections Are Resisting Antibiotics
EzriCare Artificial Tears appear to be responsible for cases of Verona Integron‐mediated Metallo‐β‐lactamase (VIM)‐ and Guiana‐Extended Spectrum‐β‐Lactamase (GES) producing carbapenem‐resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa (VIM‐GES‐CRPA). VIM and GES are enzymes that are notorious for effectively deactivating antibiotics like penicillin.
When traditional antibiotics are ineffective, doctors usually turn to carbapenems, a class of drugs that are typically used to treat severe, gram-positive bacterial infections. In this case, the VIM and GES are creating Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a gram-negative bacteria.
Gram-negative bacteria have an outer membrane that is difficult for antibiotics to penetrate. That means that not only is the Pseudomonas aeruginosa resistant to antibiotics like penicillin, but it is also carbapenem-resistant.
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is often found in hospitals and can manifest as many different types of infections. In addition to the patients who have become infected by using EzriCare Artificial Tears, there is a concern that these antibiotic-resistant infections may spread. The serious bacterial infections caused by EzriCare eye drops can lead to a number of health issues, including:
- Brain damage
- Tissue damage
- Organ failure
What Damages Can I Recover in an EzriCare Artificial Tears Lawsuit?
Due to the severity of the infections associated with the use of defective EzriCare Artificial Tears, plaintiffs may be eligible to recover substantial compensation for their damages. Damages offer plaintiffs financial relief for their losses, both economic and non-economic. Plaintiffs may seek compensation for monetary losses in the form of economic damages. They can also potentially recover non-economic damages that reimburse them for emotional losses.
Examples of Damages in an EzriCare Artificial Tears Lawsuit:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Missed promotions
- Job retraining
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of quality of life
- Funeral and burial expenses
The amount of compensation you receive for your damages will depend on the degree to which your losses have impacted your life. For example, a patient who is permanently blinded from an eye infection caused by defective EzriCare eye drops will likely receive substantial compensation.
They will no longer be able to drive, see the faces of their loved ones, and may be forced to change careers and sacrifice favorite hobbies. This can lead to mental health issues like anxiety and depression.
In comparison, someone who developed an infection that did not require hospitalization would likely receive less. The best way to maximize your compensation is by hiring a product liability attorney who can review the evidence of your damages, calculate their value, and then advocate for that amount to be compensated in an EzriCare Artificial Tears lawsuit.
What to Do Next If You Have Been Using Ezricac Articifical Tears
Do not throw the defective Erzicare Artificial Tears out. Collect any documentation you have related to your purchase or prescription of EzriCare Artificial Tears, as well as any medical records you have demonstrating you sought treatment for your infection.
If you have not already seen a medical provider, you should contact one as soon as possible if you notice signs of infection. Receiving medical care should be your priority, as it can give you better treatment options if you have developed an infection.
Additionally, it is an important preventative measure in terms of protecting your legal options. One tactic defendants use to undermine the validity of an injured party’s claim is to argue that they were negligent in treating their injuries, so the defendant should not be responsible for the full amount of damages the injured party incurred. This can be avoided by seeking prompt medical care.
After securing medical care, you should seek out the services of a qualified personal injury lawyer who specializes in product liability claims. They will be able to compile evidence of your injury and resulting damages to make a convincing case for compensation in a product liability lawsuit.
If you attempt to negotiate your own product liability lawsuit, you will very likely recover less compensation than you would have with the help of a personal injury lawyer.
Why Should I Choose Dolman Law Group to Represent Me?
At Dolman Law Group, we are committed to providing excellent service for our injured clients as we seek to recover maximum compensation on their behalf. Our years of experience have resulted in a strong record of successfully settling complex claims. The product liability lawyers of Dolman Law Group are known for their tendency to go above and beyond, and our clients often recommend us to their friends.
We are firm that can provide both the individualized attention smaller firms are known for and the resources and specialization offered by larger firms to ensure our clients get the best of both worlds. Our team of product liability attorneys has handled numerous mass tort claims for clients who have been injured by defective products, such as the NEC baby formula lawsuits.
You should not have to take on the burden of navigating a product liability claim alone while you recover from a serious or life-threatening infection from defective EzriCare Artificial Tears. Instead, allow the personal injury lawyers of Dolman Law Group to leverage our resources and expertise to negotiate a fair settlement that reflects the true magnitude of your losses.
Contact Dolman Law Group for Help With Your Ezricare Artificial Tears Lawsuit
As a consumer, you should be able to expect that the over-the-counter medical products available to you are safe to use. When a product maker is negligent, you should not have to be financially responsible for the losses you have sustained as a result of the makers of EzriCare acting negligently.
The product recall lawyers of Dolman Law Group will advocate for your right to seek compensation for your financial, emotional, and physical losses related to your infection. Our team has ample trial experience, which can be invaluable if the insurance company refuses to offer a reasonable settlement to compensate your damages.
If you have developed an infection after using EzriCare Artificial Tears, you may be entitled to receive compensation in a personal injury lawsuit.
The product liability lawyers of Dolman Law Group encourage you to schedule a free consultation with our team to discuss your legal options. While you focus on healing, our team will diligently work to ensure that you receive maximum compensation in an EzriCare Artificial Tears lawsuit.