How Do I Know If I Meet Ozempic Lawsuit Criteria?

Many people who relied on Ozempic to manage their type II diabetes ended up with even more severe health problems. If you are one of them, you may qualify for joining the Ozempic lawsuit. Your first step is reaching out to a mass tort lawyer at Rueb Stoller Daniel to find out if you qualify.

However, in this blog post we will also provide the basic information you need to evaluate your eligibility to consider legal action.

Basic Criteria for Ozempic Plaintiffs

Lawsuits filed by patients who used Ozempic were recently consolidated in a federal multidistrict litigation. Looking over the common aspects pertaining to all the cases, the following criteria stand out:

  • You were under 75 years old when you started using Ozempic
  • You needed emergency care or hospitalization to treat vomiting
  • You were diagnosed with gastroparesis, gastric stasis, stomach paralysis or gastric obstruction
  • Your diagnosis occurred while taking the drug or within 30 days of stopping the medication

Other Medications Included in the Ozempic Lawsuit

Ozempic contains the active ingredient semaglutide, which is also present in other drugs:

  • Wegovy
  • Rybelsus
  • Mounjaro
  • Saxenda

If you used any of these drugs, you may have a valid claim against either Novo Nordisk or Eli Lilly, the defendants in the lawsuit.

You Must Have Been Prescribed Ozempic as a Diabetes Drug

An important aspect of being eligible to file an Ozempic lawsuit refers to how you used the drug. Many people heard that one of its side effects is weight loss and used it to fight obesity.

However, Ozempic and related products were not marketed as weight loss drugs. Thus, if you used it for this purpose, your case may not be as strong.

What Are the Symptoms of the Conditions Caused by Ozempic?

Gastroparesis and the other associated conditions caused by Ozempic have the following symptoms:

  • Abdominal distension
  • Abdominal pain
  • Persistent vomiting
  • Persistent nausea
  • Sensation of fullness soon after starting eating

These symptoms are the result of the reduced capacity of the stomach to move food along the gastrointestinal tract.

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Normally, four hours after a meal, the stomach should contain only 10% of the total quantity of food. Gastroparesis is diagnosed when 15% or more food still remains in the stomach after this period of time. In severe cases, this value can be as high as 35%.

The best decision after being diagnosed with any form of paralysis of the gastrointestinal tract while using Ozempic is to contact a mass tort lawyer at Rueb Stoller Daniel and find out if you qualify for compensation.

Other Risks Associated with Ozempic Use

Since legal actions related to Ozempic and other semaglutide drugs are still in the early days, both plaintiffs and their doctors discover new connections between the drug and various medical issues.

So far, the following conditions are linked to Ozempic use:

  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Acute gallbladder disease
  • Bowel obstruction and other intestinal injuries

What Is the Current Status of the Ozempic Lawsuit?

The first Ozempic lawsuit was filed in August 2023. Novo Nordisk tried to have the case dismissed, but this request was denied in December 2023. As the facts of the case emerged publicly, more than 50 Ozempic lawsuits were filed across the United States. Other cases were filed in Canada.

As of February 2024, the 55 Ozempic claims were consolidated into a federal multidistrict litigation in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. However, attorneys representing plaintiffs believe that the number of cases can grow exponentially – to the range of 10,000.

Discuss Your Case with an Experienced Mass Tort Lawyer!

If you used Ozempic or the other drugs named in the lawsuit and developed severe gastrointestinal conditions, you may have the right to join the multidistrict litigation and seek compensation for your damages.

To find out if you qualify for a lawsuit, bring your evidence to an experienced mass tort lawyer at Rueb Stoller Daniel. If you have a valid claim, we will represent you and make sure that your legal rights are protected as the case moves to bellwether trials and proposed settlements.

As a new client, you benefit from a free case review, so call us to schedule yours at 1-866-CALL-RSD!