Should You Consider a Birth Control Blood Clot Lawsuit?
Oral contraceptives are the most popular form of birth control in the U.S. and work by altering a woman’s hormone levels. Most pills combine estrogen and progestin to prevent a woman from ovulating, and many cause relatively minor side effects such as bloating, irregular bleeding, headaches, nausea and breast tenderness.
However, several contraceptives, including Ortho Evra, Yasmin and Yaz, have been linked to severe and potentially fatal side effects including deep vein thrombosis and blood clots. Additionally, estrogen may increase blood coagulation, leading to an increase in clots and a higher risk of heart attack, stroke and death. Other factors that may reportedly elevate this risk include smoking, obesity, and a family history of blood clots.
If you or a woman you love have suffered from adverse side effects or life-threatening complications such as deep vein thrombosis or blood clots while taking Yaz or other similar oral contraceptives, you may be eligible to file a birth control blood clot lawsuit in California and seek compensation for your injuries. Contact Attorney Group for California today to learn more about your legal rights.
Oral Contraceptives May Cause DVT and Blood Clots
Blood clots are formed when cells clump together inside the patient’s vessels or veins and restrict the flow of blood. If blood clots are not quickly treated, they can lead to life-threatening complications. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when clots form in the deep veins, most often in a patient’s legs. If the clots break free, they may potentially travel to the lungs, brain and heart and cause pulmonary embolisms, strokes and heart attacks.
Several factors such as prolonged periods of sitting, decreased blood flow, surgery, vein trauma or medications may contribute to the formation of blood clots. If you have taken one or more of the following oral contraceptives and have been diagnosed with a serious illness or injury, consider seeking legal counsel from a California attorney to file a birth control blood clot lawsuit:
- Ortho Evra
Some consumers and consumer advocacy groups have asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to recall Yaz and other products that contain drospirenone, claiming that other options exist that are just as safe and effective. At the very least, plaintiffs filing a birth control blood clot lawsuit claim that patients need to be adequately informed so that they may make the best decision for them.
Pending Lawsuits in the U.S.
If you have noticed pain in your calves or chest, a shortness of breath or if you are coughing up blood, you should seek medical treatment,, as you may be suffering from deep vein thrombosis or blood clots. Women who have experienced severe side effects that they believe were caused by these medications may consider filing a birth control blood clot lawsuit in California to seek compensation for their injuries.
The FDA has acknowledged that Yaz and other newer oral contraceptives may increase a patient’s risk of developing blood clots in the legs and lungs more than other birth control methods. Side effects allegedly caused by Yaz and other drospirenone-containing medications have led many to file birth control blood clot lawsuits against the medications’ manufacturers, alleging that their products caused cerebrovascular incidents, pulmonary embolisms, gallbladder disease, increased levels of potassium and death.
By February 1, 2012, more than 12,000 claims were pending against Bayer. Five months later, Bayer reportedly settled 1,900 lawsuits in which plaintiffs alleged that taking Yasmin and Yaz led to blood clots which result in heart attacks and stroke. In one group of cases, Bayer paid $402.6 million to settle claims. The manufacturer has also reportedly set aside $610.5 million to settle similar Yaz claims. In total, Bayer has reached settlements reaching $1.4 billion to resolve 6,760 claims as of July 2013. Those considering filing a birth control blood clot lawsuit in California should remember that each case is different and that past results do not necessarily guarantee a similar outcome in future cases, so it is important to discuss your specific situation with Attorney Group for California.
File a Birth Control Blood Clot Lawsuit in California
If you or a loved one were injured while taking Yaz or other oral contraceptive such as Ortho Evra or Yasmin, consider filing a birth control blood clot lawsuit in California in an effort to recover damages for your condition. Attorney Group for California is evaluating claims on behalf of women who took Yaz and suffered from adverse side effects and complications. If you feel you have a birth control blood clot claim, contact us today to receive a free, no-obligation consultation and determine if you are eligible to pursue a claim.