The attorneys at Texas Attorney Group are currently investigating possible lawsuits on behalf of those patients who suffered a severe bleed, including cerebral hemorrhaging and gastrointestinal bleeds, while taking the blood thinner Pradaxa. Over 1400 Pradaxa lawsuits have already been filed as of September 2013, and attorneys are expecting that many more will arise over the next several months. If you or someone you love have suffered a severe bleed while taking Pradaxa, you may be eligible to join this growing litigation in a lawsuit against the drug’s manufacturer for monetary compensation to cover your medical expenses and other losses. To find out if you qualify to file for a Pradaxa lawsuit, contact Texas Attorney Group today so our member Texas Pradaxa attorneys can determine if you have legal recourse.
Risks Associated With Pradaxa
Pradaxa is an anticoagulant, and like all anticoagulants, they work to inhibit the body’s ability to make clots, thus, posing a risk of serious and even fatal bleeds. The Pradaxa lawsuits that are pendings are alleging, however, that this drug puts patients at an even increased risk for severe and irreversible bleeds because this drug, unlike others that are available on the market, has no antidote that can reverse its anticlotting effects. When a patient on another blood thinner such as Coumadin or warfarin starts to bleed, a doctor can give a dose of Vitamin K to reverse the anticlotting effects of that drug, which stops the patient from bleeding. Vitamin K along with other standard treatment options do not work for users of Pradaxa who begin to bleed excessively while on the drug. The only other option for these users is emergency dialysis, which is a treatment that doctors are saying is not practical for those patients who are suffering a life-threatening bleed. Other common side effects of Pradaxa include, GERD, abdominal pain and discomfort and gastrointestinal ulcers.
The Pradaxa lawsuits focus on the drug’s missing antidote. These cases are claiming that patients were not properly warned that this drug does not have an antidote that can reverse its anticlotting effects, which can put a patient at risk for life-threatening, permanently disabling, and fatal bleeds. In addition, it is also being alleged that emergency room physicians and other medical professionals were not adequately warned about this drug’s lack of an antidote, and have thus been left without an effective method to treat and stabilize users of Pradaxa who experience uncontrollable or excessive bleeds. If a Pradaxa user suffers an internal bleed, physicians may not be able to stop it. There is currently only one known option for bleeding Pradaxa users and that is emergency dialysis, but this option can only be used in a very limited time frame. With the lack of an antidote comes a significant risk to users, especially elderly patients who are prone to falls.
Texas Pradaxa Attorneys
We believe that manufacturers must put a product on the market that is reasonably safe, or at the very least, comes with an adequate warning of its potential risks. Our member Texas Pradaxa Attorneys of Texas Attorney Group have experience fighting claims against drug manufacturers and helping their clients successfully recover monetary compensation for such damages as medical bills, pain and suffering, lost income, and funeral expenses.
For more information, see our Pradaxa Lawsuit Help Center