- posted: Sep. 05, 2023
- Personal Injury
The health sector was shaken in 2023 by a massive recall of a well-known brand of eyedrops. It was discovered that the eyedrops, which were intended to treat dry eyes, contained a dangerous substance that may result in significant eye damage and other health issues. Brands like LightEyez MSM Eye Drops-Eye Repair and Dr. Berne's MSM Drops 5% Solution not only included the dangerous ingredient methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), which the FDA does not approve for use in eye medication but additionally Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a potentially harmful bacteria, has been found in the eye drops. The bacteria is renowned for its urge to attack whatever tissue it comes into contact with and for being extremely aggressive. The bacterium can have up to a 50% mortality risk in elderly people and those with compromised immune systems. Many New Yorkers are now questioning if they were impacted by this recall and if they qualify for a personal injury case.
The recall was initiated by the FDA after several reports of adverse effects were received from consumers. The chemical found in the eyedrops, which was not listed on the label, can cause irritation, redness, and even blindness in severe cases. As of March, 81 victims had been identified, 14 of them had lost their eyesight, and 4 required surgical eye removal. The bacteria is known for its urge to attack whatever tissue it comes into contact with and for being extremely aggressive. The bacterium can have up to a 50% mortality risk in elderly people and those with compromised immune systems. Many New Yorkers are now questioning if they were impacted by this recall and if they qualify for a personal injury case. It is estimated that thousands of New Yorkers may have used the contaminated eyedrops, leading to potential personal injury claims.
If you or a loved one used the recalled eyedrops and suffered harm, you could be qualified to file a personal injury claim. It is advised that you consult with a personal injury lawyer who handles products liability and can assess your circumstances and provide you advice on your legal choices in order to establish whether you have a case. The symptoms of contact with contaminated eye drops include clear, yellow, or green discharge from the eyes, light sensitivity, fuzzy vision, redness of the eyes or eyelids, or a feeling that something is trapped in your eye. If you or someone you know has had the symptoms after using eyedrops, it is critical that you see a healthcare professional right away.
Personal injury claims in New York are frequently predicated on the idea of carelessness. This implies that if the eyedrops' producer didn't take reasonable care to provide a safe product, they might be held accountable. If the maker does not appropriately alert customers to any hazards linked with the device, they may also be held accountable. The corporation has not made any attempt as of March 2023 to offer a remedy to concerned customers, and no announcement regarding what to do if the product hurt you has been made.
Contact an experienced injury lawyer
You must prove that using the infected eyedrops caused you harm in order to prevail in a personal injury claim. This can cover things like healthcare costs, missed pay, and pain and suffering. Your lawyer can assist you in assembling the proof you need to make your case. At Licatesi Law Group we will work hard to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at (516) 227-2662 for a free consultation.