Plaintiffs across the country are currently filing lawsuits against the makers of Pradaxa, alleging that the medication caused serious complications such as gastrointestinal bleeding and cerebral hemorrhaging. Currently, over 100 injured patients have filed lawsuits, and lawyers anticipate that number to increase over the next few months.
If you or a loved one suffered from adverse side effects such as severe bleeding while taking Pradaxa, consider filing a Georgia Pradaxa lawsuit to seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.
What is Pradaxa?
First introduced in 2010, Pradaxa was intended to prevent strokes in those living with atrial fibrillation. According to its manufacturer, Pradaxa is a drug also used to prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in knee replacement procedures and hip surgeries. Physicians also report that Pradaxa is prescribed to prevent blood clots from traveling into the brain.
However, concerns have arisen as to whether the medication increases a patient’s risk of internal bleeding although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has acknowledged that the medication is not any more dangerous than warfarin, a well-known blood thinner.
Is Pradaxa Safe?
Since Pradaxa inhibits a patient’s ability to form clots, lawsuits allege that the drug poses a potential risk of bleeding. Additionally, while other anticoagulants may also cause severe bleeding, plaintiffs allege that Pradaxa puts patients at an even higher risk because it has no antidote to reverse the effects of anticlotting.
If you have experienced any one or more of the following signs of severe bleeding, you may be entitled to file a Georgia Pradaxa lawsuit to seek compensation for your injuries:
- Severe headaches
- Dizziness or fainting
- Unusual or persistent weakness or tiredness
- Blood, tarry or black stools
- Prolonged or heavy menstrual flow
- Dark or pink urine
- Unusual or easy bruising
- Persistent or frequent nosebleeds
- Prolonged bleeding from cuts or gums
- Coffee ground-colored or bloody vomit
Unfortunately, the FDA has acknowledged over 542 deaths related to Pradaxa, a number greater than all other drugs that are currently being monitored. Although bleeding is a core concern among those filing lawsuits, the medication may also cause heartburn, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain or discomfort, GERD and gastrointestinal ulcers. Those who have also suffered from these complications may be entitled to file a Georgia Pradaxa lawsuit and should consider seeking legal counsel from an experienced attorney.
Are There Currently Pradaxa Lawsuits?
A preliminary hearing was held on October 3, 2012 to determine how pending Pradaxa lawsuits will be handled and distributed. However, the cases have since been consolidated into a single court for the sake of efficiency due to the large number of pending cases. In the current order, five bellwether trials have been scheduled to begin in August, September and November 2014 and two to be held in January and February 2015.
These trials will present an opportunity for both parties to predict and gauge how future cases may pan out. In many instances, if either side feels that evidence is not strong enough to win subsequent cases, the party may considering settling outside the court to avoid the risk of losing additional cases in the future.
Considering Filing a Georgia Pradaxa Lawsuit?
Have you or someone you love suffered from health complications or severe bleeding while taking Pradaxa? You may be entitled to file a Georgia Pradaxa lawsuit and seek compensation for your injuries. At the Georgia Injury Attorney Group, we will review your case and determine if you are eligible to pursue a claim. We will connect you with experienced attorneys who will assist you in filing your Georgia Pradaxa lawsuit and work to help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled.