Written By: Robert King, Esq.
Legal Review By: Sandy Fazili, Esq.
The Ozempic Lawsuit is an active lawsuit
See If You Qualify

Ozempic has been touted as a miracle weight loss drug, but new research shows it may cause serious side effects with significant adverse health conditions. Ozempic, the brand name of semaglutide, was originally prescribed to manage type 2 diabetes. It functioned similarly to liraglutide, enhancing insulin production in individuals with diabetes. More recently, it has been used for weight loss. 

If you used Ozempic and suffered harm, you may be able to file a lawsuit. However, not all patients on semaglutide or similar medications will be eligible. At King Law, we can help you understand your rights, including the step-by-step process in an Ozempic lawsuit. Our attorneys can help you assess your risks and determine eligibility if you suffered injuries or financial losses after taking Ozempic. Contact our office today to secure a lawyer’s assessment of your case.

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5 Steps to File an Ozempic Lawsuit

If you have experienced injuries after taking Ozempic, you may be eligible to file a civil lawsuit against the manufacturer or another liable party. However, it is important to act quickly as you only have a limited amount of time to file a claim for damages.

Steps for filing an Ozempic lawsuit:

  • Consult with an Attorney: The first step in filing an Ozempic lawsuit is to consult with an attorney. An attorney can help determine whether you have a valid claim for damages. They will review your case and discuss all of your legal options.
  • Determine Eligibility: Not all patients who took semaglutide will be eligible for compensation. To be eligible, you must have taken Ozempic, Wegovy, or Rybelsus for and have suffered a severe health condition.
  • Identify the Manufacturer: Under most circumstances, the lawsuit will be filed against the manufacturer of the drug. An attorney can help identify the manufacturer of the semaglutide you took.
  • Secure Evidence: Ozempic lawsuits are based on evidence. Medical records and witness testimony often prove critical in these cases.
  • Review Legal Requirements: Your case will have certain legal requirements, such as a statute of limitations, that you must adhere to. Failing to file within the statute of limitations may result in your case being dismissed.

Finally, with the help of a legal representative, you can file a lawsuit. Ozempic has caused serious health problems for hundreds of patients. It is believed that manufacturers knew of the risk and did not warn consumers.

Qualifications for Filing an Ozempic Lawsuit

To file a lawsuit against Ozempic manufacturer Novo Nordisk, you must meet certain qualifications. In order to be eligible, you must be able to prove that you were taking Ozempic and suffered severe health conditions such stomach paralysis (gastroparesis), intestinal obstruction, Ileus, or sever and persistent vomiting which required medical attention. 

Eligibility requirements for an Ozempic lawsuit:

  • Proof of Use: You must be able to show documentation proving usage of Ozempic, Wegovy, or Rybelsus, including prescriptions and medical records.
  • Age: You must have been 75 years old or younger when you began taking the drug and not currently undergoing chemotherapy.
  • Adverse Health Effects: You must be able to prove adverse health effects directly related to Ozempic use, including emergency room visits or hospitalizations. 
  • Diagnosis of Qualifying Condition: Not all health conditions will qualify. Cases are mainly focused on individuals experiencing severe gastroparesis (resulting in prolonged vomiting), stomach paralysis, ileus, or gastric intestinal obstruction post-Ozempic usage. Patients with prior major gastric surgeries or those being treated for cancer may not qualify. The diagnosis or symptoms must have occurred within 60 days of using Ozempic.

It can be challenging to know if you qualify for an Ozempic lawsuit without the help of an experienced attorney. It is strongly recommended that you consult with an attorney as early in the process as possible and retain all healthcare records related to Ozempic usage and adverse health effects.

Exclusions: Disqualifying Factors That Impact Eligibility

Not all individuals who suffered an adverse health condition or other injury after taking Ozempic will qualify. Several factors may impact your eligibility. It is imperative to discuss your case with an attorney to determine if you have a valid claim for damages.

Factors that may impact your eligibility:

  • You were over 75 at the time you began taking the drug;
  • You had a prior gastric sleeve, bypass, or banding surgery;
  • You are undergoing cancer treatment; or
  • Your diagnosis or symptoms occurred more than 30 days after you stopped taking Ozempic;
  • You took a generic drug prescribed by a weight loss clinic that may be a compounded version of semaglutide

The best way to determine if you qualify for an Ozempic lawsuit is by consulting with an attorney. An attorney will help you navigate the legal process, including ensuring your eligibility.

Ozempic Side Effects and Health Risks

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received numerous adverse event reports from people who have used compounded semaglutide. Patients report a number of side effects, including stomach paralysis, chronic vomiting, and gastroparesis.

Semaglutide and Ozempic side effects:

  • Acute kidney injury
  • Stomach paralysis
  • Bowel obstructions
  • Chronic vomiting
  • Ileus
  • Pulmonary aspiration
  • Biliary diseases
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Gallbladder inflammation
  • Gallstones
  • Gastroparesis
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Liver or kidney failure
  • Nausea
  • Hair loss
  • Pancreatitis
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Vision loss

New research also points to a potential link between the use of Ozempic and an increased risk of pancreatic cancer. Unfortunately, many of these side effects persist even after discontinuation of the drug. 

Long-term use or high dosage of Ozempic (especially when used for weight loss) may increase the risk of gallbladder problems. However, Novo Nordisk added a gallbladder warning in March, 2022, effectively barring anyone who used Ozempic after this date from a lawsuit for failure to warn.

The Process of Filing an Ozempic Lawsuit

The first step of filing an Ozempic lawsuit is to consult with an attorney. An attorney can help you gather evidence and build a strong case against the manufacturer. It is important to keep all of your medical records related to your prescription and adverse health effects. The more documentation you have, the stronger your case will be. 

The Timeline for Filing an Ozempic Claim

While each Ozempic claim is different, the length of time it will take to complete your lawsuit depends on the circumstances of your case. More extensive injuries or a more complex case may take longer to resolve. 

Ozempic lawsuits are still in their infancy, with additional studies being conducted about the adverse effects of the drug. Injury claims, however, can take a few months to a year or more to complete.

Evidence to Gather When Filing the Lawsuit

Ozempic lawsuits generally rely on evidence to provide. Evidence can help determine eligibility and the amount of recoverable losses.

Examples of Evidence to Collect:

  • Hospital records
  • Doctor’s notes 
  • Treatment plans
  • Medical bills
  • Written prescriptions
  • Documentation of injuries
  • Expert testimony
  • Communication with healthcare providers

In order to prove your case, the evidence must show the length of time that you took Ozempic, when you stopped, and what adverse effects you experienced as a result of its use.

Infographic listing examples of evidence in an Ozempic lawsuit, and what makes good evidence in an Ozempic lawsuit.

Identifying the Manufacturer: Novo Nordisk

Most Ozempic lawsuits are filed against the manufacturer. Novo Nordisk is the manufacturer of Ozempic and is at the center of most lawsuits. Novo Nordisk is also the manufacturer of Wegovy and Rybelsus. Other manufacturers that may be liable include Eli Lilly, the manufacturer of Mounjaro. If you were prescribed semaglutide by a weightloss clinic, it may be a generic compounded version not produced by Novo Nordisk.

Recoverable Damages in the Lawsuit

Most Ozempic lawsuits are based on the manufacturer’s alleged failure to warn consumers about the severe side effects associated with the use of the drug, including gastroparesis. 

Depending on the circumstances of the case, individuals may be able to obtain compensation for their pain and suffering, healthcare costs, lost wages, and future treatment. Under limited circumstances, an injured party may be able to seek punitive damages for reckless, fraudulent, and wanton acts showing disregard for public safety.

Statute of Limitations for Filing an Ozempic Lawsuit

The legal timeline, known as the statute of limitations, for filing an Ozempic Lawsuit is state-specific but can be as short as one year. It is essential to file within the statute of limitations, or your case may be dismissed. 

The timeframe for filing generally begins from the date of the event that caused your injuries or losses; however, for Ozempic cases, it may start from the date when the adverse side effects are first noticed. A lawyer can help determine the legal timelines that may be applicable in your case. There is no uniform national deadline for filing a claim.

Reaching a Settlement in the Ozempic Lawsuit

Several factors may influence when and if a settlement can be reached in your Ozempic lawsuit. Your damages, including the severity of your injuries, may directly impact how long it takes to reach a settlement and the potential payout you may receive.

Average Settlement and Payout Amounts in an Ozempic Lawsuit

Settlements in an Ozempic lawsuit are based on individual damages. There is no standard claim value; however, the estimated range for cases involving serious injuries are between $100,000 and $500,000. 

Manufacturers are more likely to prefer settlements to avoid the risk of a public trial and the potential for punitive damages. Unfortunately, because of the novelty of Ozempic lawsuits, it is challenging to accurately estimate damages.

Speak With an Ozempic Lawyer to File a Claim

Did you suffer adverse health effects after taking Ozempic? Contact King Law’s Ozempic attorneys to discuss your case. Our legal team can help maximize your potential settlement.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Find answers to any major questions you have regarding eligibility in the Ozempic lawsuits below.

What are the steps to file an Ozempic lawsuit?
There are several steps to filing an Ozempic lawsuit. First, you must determine your eligibility. The best way to determine eligibility is by consulting with an attorney.
Who can file an Ozempic lawsuit?
Individuals who suffered an adverse health condition after taking Ozempic may be eligible to file a lawsuit. However, not all patients will qualify.
What is the eligibility criteria for filing an Ozempic lawsuit?
Eligibility criteria for filing an Ozempic lawsuit include being 75 or younger when you started taking the drug, proof of usage, evidence of a side effect, and financial losses.
How can I join the class action lawsuit against Ozempic?
On February 2, 2024, over 50 lawsuits were combined into multidistrict litigation (MDL). To join any class action lawsuit, you need to consult with an experienced attorney.  
What are the recoverable damages in the Ozempic lawsuit?
Recoverable damages in an Ozempic lawsuit include compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and future treatment.
Who is the manufacturer at the center of the Ozempic lawsuit?
The manufacturer at the center of the Ozempic lawsuit is Novo Nordisk.
What evidence is needed for filing an Ozempic lawsuit?
Evidence needed for filing an Ozempic lawsuit includes your medical records and prescription history to show how long you took the drug and what adverse conditions you experienced.
Is it hard to file an Ozempic lawsuit?
Filing an Ozempic lawsuit is easy with the assistance of legal counsel. Working with an attorney can help ensure your lawsuit is filed within the statute of limitations and meets all legal requirements.
How do I know if I should file an Ozempic lawsuit?
The best way to determine if you should file an Ozempic lawsuit is by consulting with an attorney. A lawyer can review your case and determine whether you are eligible for compensation.
What questions should I ask my attorney about the Ozempic lawsuit?
Questions you should ask your attorney include whether they are experienced with these kinds of cases, if you qualify for compensation, and what their fees are if they recover money on your behalf.