Do You Have a Pradaxa Lawsuit?
If you or someone you love took Pradaxa and suffered from internal bleeding, heart attack, pulmonary embolism stroke or the loss of a loved one, you may be eligible to file a Pradaxa lawsuit in California and hold the manufacturer responsible for compensation for your injuries. There are currently more than 100 Pradaxa lawsuits pending in courts across the U.S., and many more are expected to be filed. Contact Attorney Group for California today to learn more about your legal rights and determine whether you have a Pradaxa lawsuit.
Overview of Pradaxa
Introduced in 2010 as a blood thinner, Pradaxa was intended to help prevent strokes from occurring in patients with atrial fibrillation. It is also used to prevent blood clots from traveling to the brain and to prevent deep vein thrombosis in patients undergoing hip surgeries and knee replacement procedures.
There is some dispute as to whether Pradaxa use causes an increased risk of internal bleeding. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported that Pradaxa is no more dangerous than warfarin, another blood thinning medication. However, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices has warned that patients experiencing symptoms of heavy bleeding while taking Pradaxa are at a five-fold increased risk of dying from bleeding complications than those taking warfarin and experiencing similar symptoms.
Side Effects and Complications
Pradaxa and other anticoagulants stop the body from forming clots, and all drugs in this class may pose an increased risk of internal bleeding. Those filing a Pradaxa lawsuit claim that Pradaxa is particularly dangerous because the bleeding is irreversible; unlike warfarin, arguably the most well-known blood thinner, there is no antidote to reverse severe bleeding. If a patient is taking warfarin and begins to suffer from internal bleeding, the bleeding can be stopped by a vitamin K injection. This antidote does not work with Pradaxa; there is still no known antidote for adverse complications from Pradaxa.
Other allegations from those filing a Pradaxa lawsuit claim that they noticed one or more of the following signs of internal bleeding:
- Unusual or easy bruising
- Unusual or persistent weakness or tiredness
- Prolonged or heavy bleeding from cuts or gums
- Persistent or frequent nosebleeds
- Headaches, fainting, dizziness
- Dark or pink urine
- Prolonged or heavy menstrual flow
- Blood or coffee-ground colored vomit
- Coughing up blood
- Tarry, black or bloody stools
Additionally, patients in California and across the U.S. are at risk of experiencing more common side effects other than the internal bleeding claims brought forth by those filing a Pradaxa lawsuit such as heartburn, nausea, severe vomiting, abdominal pain and discomfort, GERD and gastrointestinal ulcers.
More than 540 deaths have been linked to Pradaxa use, allegedly making the medication among the most dangerous of all currently monitored drugs. Media and news outlets have begun to take notice of the risk for internal bleeding, and affected patients in California are encouraged to seek legal counsel in an attempt to seek the compensation to which they may be entitled.
Contact a Pradaxa Attorney in California
If you or a loved one suffered from serious health complications such as internal bleeding while taking Pradaxa, you may be eligible to file a Pradaxa lawsuit in California. Potential compensation includes damages for pain and suffering, past and present medical expenses, lost wages, loss of companionship, funeral expenses, and mental anguish. Contact Attorney Group for California today to receive a free, no obligation consultation and, should you determine you have a claim, we can connect you a Pradaxa lawsuit attorney who can assist you with your case.