Those who have allegedly been injured while taking Pradaxa are filing lawsuits across the country against the drug’s manufacturer to seek compensation for their conditions. Common allegations in the lawsuits include internal, cerebral and gastrointestinal bleeding as well as death. The number of lawsuits currently pending has reached over 100, and attorneys anticipate that more plaintiffs will come forward in an effort to recover damages.
If you or a loved one would like to learn more about filing an Oklahoma Pradaxa lawsuit after suffering from injuries or complications that you feel are the result of the medication, contact an experienced attorney today.
Pradaxa, upon its release in 2010, was intended to prevent strokes from occurring and blood clots from forming in patients undergoing hip and knee surgeries as well as those living with atrial fibrillation. Additionally, many physicians have prescribed Pradaxa to reduce the risk of potentially dangerous blood clots from traveling to the brain.
However, despite many patients reporting success with the medication, others are currently filing lawsuits against the manufacturer, and concerns have arisen as to whether Pradaxa is more dangerous than other blood thinners as evident by its alleged potential to cause internal bleeding.
Plaintiffs Allege Serious Side Effects
Pradaxa, like other anticoagulants, thins the blood to prevent clots. However, a common side effect of these medications is an increased risk of internal bleeding. Pradaxa may be more dangerous than other blood thinners since its manufacturer did not release an antidote with the medication to counteract its anticlotting effects.
If you believe you are bleeding internally or have been diagnosed with a serious condition, consider filing an Oklahoma Pradaxa lawsuit to seek compensation for your injuries. Side effects include:
- Pink or dark urine
- Blood or dark brown vomit
- Bleeding from cuts or gums
- Black, tarry or bloody stools
- Persistent tiredness
- Unusual weakness
- Heavy or prolonged menstrual flow
- Frequent nosebleeds
The FDA received 542 claims filed by surviving family members of patients who allegedly died due to complications sustained while taking Pradaxa. Although many plaintiffs are claiming that they suffered from internal bleeding while using the medication, vomiting, nausea, heartburn, GERD, abdominal discomfort or pain and gastrointestinal ulcers are also several side effects allegedly caused by Pradaxa. If you have suffered from complications while taking Pradaxa, you may be entitled to file an Oklahoma Pradaxa lawsuit.
Pending Pradaxa Lawsuits in the U.S.
On October 3, 2012, a conference was held to determine how pending cases from those allegedly injured by Pradaxa would be handled. Since the preliminary hearing, however, the cases have been filed into a multidistrict litigation (MDL). Five bellwether trials are scheduled for:
- August, September, November 2014
- January, February 2015
Bellwether trials are helpful in lawsuits involving many plaintiffs as they provide the opportunity for both the defendant and plaintiffs to determine how future cases may be settled. The defendant may strongly consider seeking a settlement outside of court if the court appears to side with the plaintiff in the majority of the cases.
Injured? We Can Assist You in Filing Your Oklahoma Pradaxa Lawsuit
Have you or some you know suffered from internal bleeding or other adverse side effects while taking Pradaxa and you would like to learn more about filing an Oklahoma Pradaxa lawsuit claim? At Attorney Group for Oklahoma, we can review your case, free of charge, and answer questions you may have pertaining to the medication or pending lawsuits. We will connect you with an experienced attorney who will handle your Oklahoma Pradaxa lawsuit and work to help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled.