Approved in 2010 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and manufactured and marketed by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Pradaxa was initially designed to help prevent blood clots and strokes. However, plaintiffs throughout the U.S. claim that the medication caused serious and life-threatening side effects such as internal bleeding, gastrointestinal bleeding, cerebral hemorrhaging and death.
Over 100 lawsuits involving Pradaxa have been filed across the U.S., according to court documents. As more plaintiffs continue to come forward and seek compensation for internal bleeding and other injuries, attorneys anticipate that the number will continue to increase.
If you or someone you know have suffered from internal bleeding or other adverse or potentially life-threatening side effects while taking Pradaxa, consider filing your own Kentucky Pradaxa lawsuit to seek compensation for your injuries.
While Pradaxa was intended to help those living with atrial fibrillation and those needing knee and hip replacement surgeries, many argue that because the medication acts as a blood thinner, patients are at an increased risk of suffering from internal bleeding. While other anticoagulants function in the same manner and come with the same risks, other drugs are also released with an antidote to counteract the effects of internal bleeding should a patient require it. Pradaxa, on the other hand, was allegedly released with no such remedy.
Pradaxa Health Risks
Pradaxa may increase the risk of internal bleeding due to the medication’s potentially ability to prevent the body from forming clots. While this is a common attribute in most blood thinners, or anticoagulants, and many others cause the same effects, plaintiffs are alleging that because there is no current antidote for Pradaxa, the medication is that much more dangerous than its counterparts.
If you have noticed internal bleeding as evident by the following symptoms, you may be entitled to file a Kentucky Pradaxa lawsuit and seek compensation such as pain and suffering, lost wages and medical expenses for your injuries:
- Dizziness or fainting
- Unusual or persistent weakness or fatigue
- Severe headaches
- Dark or pink urine
- Black, tarry or bloody stools
- Persistent or frequent nosebleeds
- Prolonged or heavy menstrual flow
- Bleeding from cuts or gums for extended periods of time
- Coffee ground-colored or bloody vomit
- Easy or unusual bleeding
While many have taken Pradaxa with little or no side effects, over 542 reports have been submitted to the FDA, alleging that the medication caused unnecessary death in patients. While many plaintiffs allege internal bleeding in their lawsuits, Pradaxa has also been linked to heartburn, vomiting, nausea, gastrointestinal ulcers, GERD and abdominal discomfort and pain. If you or someone you know have suffered from one or more of these side effects, an attorney can help you to file a Kentucky Pradaxa lawsuit to potentially receive compensation for the injuries you allegedly sustained while taking the medication.
Five Pradaxa bellwether trials have been scheduled for August, September and November 2014 and January and February 2015. These trials will allow plaintiffs and the defendant an opportunity to gauge the potential outcome of future trials. In many cases, a pattern is established and either party may decide that a settlement is the best option for resolution
Need Assistance Filing Your Kentucky Pradaxa Lawsuit?
If you have suffered from serious or life-threatening side effects while taking Pradaxa and you believe that they could have resulted from taking the drug, you may be entitled to file a Kentucky Pradaxa lawsuit and seek compensation. At Attorney Group for Kentucky, we will provide you with a free, no-obligation consultation and determine if you have a legitimate case. We will also connect you with an experienced attorney who will handle your Kentucky Pradaxa lawsuit and work to help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled.