Accutane is a form of a Vitamin A derivative called isotretinoin that was first offered in 1983 by Hoffman-La Roche for the treatment of acne. After many of those who were prescribed Accutane began seeing undesired side effects, however, people began to wonder if the drug was dangerous. Since then, there have been several studies that have brought some interesting facts to light. For instance, Accutane has been found to cause some forms of inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBS). IBS is an umbrella term for several different disorders affecting the small intestine and the colon, including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.
Someone who has been affected by Accutane may want to file a lawsuit but may be deterred by a concern that his or her ability to file a claim is affected by a statute of limitations. A statute of limitations is a law setting a time limit (after a harmful event happens) for a victim to file a lawsuit against the person or company that harmed him or her. While the statute of limitations that applies to you will vary based on the state in which you are located, there is some good news. The statute of limitations for Accutane IBS lawsuits might not begin until the person who suffered the harm realizes that there is a connection between taking Accutane and his or her IBS—rather than when the person began taking the drug.
Over the last couple years, there has been a wave of Accutane lawsuits filed. There have been thousands of plaintiffs who have filed claims that their use of Accutane caused their IBS. As of January 2011, there have been seven cases that have reached a verdict, and all seven verdicts were in favor of the plaintiff, resulting in several multi-million dollar awards to those plaintiffs.
One high profile case scheduled to commence in February is that of actor James Marshall, who had a role in the 1992 film A Few Good Men. Marshall is claiming $11 million in damages as he suffered so badly from IBS after taking Accutane that he was hospitalized for four months. Eventually, he had to suffer through the surgical removal of his colon. Unfortunately, there are many, many more people with similar stories.
As more and more studies come to light showing Accutane’s connection with the various forms of IBS, the lawsuits will continue to climb. If you have developed IBS in connection with your prescription of Accutane, then you have the right to compensation. The lawyers from the Rottenstein Law Group have over 25 years of experience in getting their clients what they deserve and may be able to help you file your Accutane IBS lawsuit. For a free consultation with RLG, please fill out this contact form or call 1 (888) 976-8529.