According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Medication Guide, prescription medication Pradaxa is intended to reduce the risk of stroke by preventing the formation of blood clots in patients with an irregular heartbeat.
However, it can also increase the risk of bleeding, which makes it a dangerous drug for some individuals.
At VanDerGinst Law, our attorneys have extensive experience representing clients who were injured from taking Pradaxa.
Please contact our firm to set up a free appointment today, and read on for some important legal information on how Pradaxa lawsuits work.
Pradaxa and Health Complications
Atrial fibrillation is a condition that causes an irregular heartbeat, particularly common among the elderly.
This condition can cause individuals to develop blood clots, diminishing blood flow and preventing blood from reaching such essential organs as the brain, heart, and lungs.
Pradaxa is a blood-thinning medication that inhibits blood clotting.
The problem is that Pradaxa can work too well, increasing the risk of excessive bleeding because it affects normal clotting.
Patients may suffer internal bleeding, hemorrhaging, strokes, heart attack, and other serious medical events.
Legal Grounds for Pradaxa Lawsuits
Most litigation involving Pradaxa focuses on two types of liability for the product’s manufacturers:
- Some lawsuits allege that the companies failed to warn patients and healthcare providers about the risks of serious complications from taking Pradaxa. The claim is that people would not take the drug and doctors would not prescribe it if they were aware of the risks.
- Other cases allege that Pradaxa suffers from a design defect and that mistakes were made when formulating the medication.
History of Pradaxa Claims
Because many individuals suffer the same injuries or health complications after taking Pradaxa, many lawsuits have been filed as one class action.
One of these cases settled in 2014, resulting in an award to over $650 million to claimants.
Still, because these matters were resolved through settlement, courts have not definitively stated that Pradaxa is a dangerous drug due to the failure to warn or design defects.
The fact is that this medication does benefit some patients, even as it may cause excessive bleeding in others.
You May Still Qualify for Compensation
Despite the status of Pradaxa lawsuits that have already been filed or settled, you may have rights as a patient. It’s possible to recover for such losses as:
- Medical bills;
- Lost wages;
- Pain and suffering;
- Emotional distress; and,
- Other damages depending on your case.
In addition, if you are the family member of a victim who has died from taking Pradaxa, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim.
You can recover monetary damages for funeral and burial expenses and the losses that impact you due to your loved one’s passing.
Get Legal Help with Pradaxa Lawsuits
If you suffered injuries due to excessive bleeding after taking Pradaxa, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.
Please contact VanDerGinst Law to schedule a consultation regarding a potential claim.
Our dangerous drug attorneys can review your circumstances and determine a proper strategy for seeking your legal remedies.