Clinton Pradaxa Lawyer
Blood clots are a serious health concern because they can lead to heart attack or stroke. People diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, deep vein thrombosis, or pulmonary embolism are all at a higher risk of blood clots. Receiving one of these diagnoses can be overwhelming and it is easy to trust the medication a doctor prescribes. Unfortunately, some of the anti-coagulation medications prescribed have serious health hazards. If you have been taking doses of Pradaxa, one of the dangerous drugs on the market, contact Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC for a free initial consultation with a Clinton Pradaxa lawyer.
Why Does Blood Clot and How Does Pradaxa Increase Chances of Bleeding to Death?
If blood clots are so dangerous, why does the body carry out this dangerous process? Blood must flow throughout the body non-stop, unless a blood vessel is ruptured, in which case the blood must be able to quickly coagulate and clot the bleeding. For people that take a blood thinner such as Pradaxa, their body may not be able to stop blood from flowing. Normally, platelets and clotting factor proteins are triggered to form a clot, according to WebMD, to quickly stop the bleeding.
Pradaxa Health Risks
The most concerning risk of taking Pradaxa is uncontrollable bleeding, which can lead to death. People who are over the age of 75, people who have kidney problems, those with stomach ulcers, or patients take other medications that thin the blood are at a higher risk of severe bleeding. Other Pradaxa health risks include the following:
- Abdominal pain and discomfort;
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD);
- Erosive gastritis;
- Gastrointestinal bleeding;
- Rectal bleeding;
- Brain bleeding;
- Hemorrhagic gastritis;
- Hemorrhagic erosive gastritis;
- Gastrointestinal ulcer;
- Skin rash or itchy skin;
- Swelling; and
- Severe, life-threatening allergic reactions.
Pradaxa Legal History
Ultimately, there have been over 4,000 lawsuits filed against Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, the makers of Pradaxa. Combined, these lawsuits have led to Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals paying $650 million in settlement money to keep the cases out of court. At the time, the pharmaceutical giant had already sold two billion dollars worth of the drug. As part of the settlement agreement, Boehringer Ingelheim has maintained their innocence, “We continue to stand resolutely behind Pradaxa and believed from the outset that the plaintiffs’ claims lacked any merit.” Other injured people have brought claims against Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals for failing to adequately disclose the dangers of the drugs to consumers, for marketing the drug as needing less doctor oversight, and for failing to offer treatment protocols if severe bleeding does occur. If you have lost a family member to Pradaxa or if you have experienced one of the dangerous effects of Pradaxa, contact a Clinton Pradaxa lawyer today.
Call a Clinton Pradaxa Lawyer at Once for Experienced Legal Representation
If you have been injured by the dangerous blood thinner Pradaxa, you may be able to recover significant financial benefits for your damages. The compassionate Clinton Pradaxa lawyers of Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC are available for a free initial consultation, during which we can answer your questions and begin working on your case immediately.