Pradaxa, a product of Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, is intended to help prevent or inhibit the formation of blood clots in those undergoing surgeries or living with certain conditions. However, injured patients allege that the medication may cause internal bleeding, cerebral hemorrhaging and other serious side effects.
Have you or a loved one taken Pradaxa and you suffered from internal bleeding or other life-threatening side effects? Have you lost a relative and you feel that the death was directly related to the medication? You may be entitled to file a Louisiana Pradaxa lawsuit and seek compensation for your injuries or the alleged unnecessary death of a loved one.
History of Pradaxa
Although Pradaxa, first introduced in 2010, was initially designed as a medication for those with atrial fibrillation, physicians have also used Pradaxa to prevent deep vein thrombosis in those requiring hip surgeries and knee replacement procedures. The drug is allegedly intended to prevent blood clots from traveling to major organs and causing strokes, heart attacks and death.
However, despite mounting research and adverse event reports alleging internal bleeding and death, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has maintained that the drug is no more dangerous than warfarin, another blood thinner, although plaintiffs allege that warfarin comes with an antidote to reverse the anticlotting effects; Pradaxa does not.
Plaintiffs Allege Serious Complications
Pradaxa, like many other anticoagulants, prevents the body from forming blood clots and may increase the risk of internal bleeding. However, plaintiffs currently filing claims allege that because there is no antidote for Pradaxa, unlike other blood thinners, patients are at a higher risk of serious and life-threatening complications while taking the drug.
If you or someone you know have suffered from internal bleeding or adverse side effects, consider filing a Louisiana Pradaxa lawsuit against the manufacturer. You may be entitled to receive compensation such as medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.
- Easy, frequent or unusual bleeding
- Bloody or dark-colored vomit
- Extended bleeding from cuts or gums
- Pink or dark-colored urine
- Heavy, prolonged or unusual menstrual flow
- Black, tarry or bloody stools
- Persistent or unusual fatigue or weakness
- Faintness or dizziness
- Severe headaches
Over 542 adverse event reports of fatalities have been submitted to the FDA pertaining to Pradaxa, more than any other drug monitored by the agency. Although a core concern in pending lawsuits is internal bleeding, plaintiffs allege that they have also suffered from:
- Gastrointestinal ulcers
- Vomiting, nausea, heartburn
- Abdominal discomfort or pain
If you have suffered from one or more of these side effects, you may consider seeking legal counsel to learn more about your legal rights and filing your own Louisiana Pradaxa lawsuit.
Pradaxa Lawsuits Filed Across the U.S.
On October 3, 2012, a hearing was held to determine the distribution and handling of pending Pradaxa cases. However, the decision was recently made to consolidate these claims into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) and five bellwether trial dates were established: August, September and November of 2014 and January and February 2015.
Bellwether trials allow both plaintiffs and the defendants the opportunity to predict how future Pradaxa lawsuits may be resolved. In some cases, if one party does not feel as though the court is going to decide in its favor for the remaining claims, it may decide to settle outside of the court.
We Can Help You File Your Louisiana Pradaxa Lawsuit
Have you or someone you know suffered from internal bleeding, cerebral hemorrhaging or other potentially life-threatening condition while taking Pradaxa? You may be eligible to file a Louisiana Pradaxa lawsuit against the manufacturer. At Attorney Group for Louisiana, we will help answer your questions and provide you with a free case evaluation to determine if you have a legitimate claim. We will connect you with an experienced lawyer who will handle your Louisiana Pradaxa lawsuit and work to help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled. The time to pursue a claim is often limited so if you believe you have a case, contact us today.