LaFollette Pradaxa Lawyer
Even when a drug poses potentially dangerous side effects to users, it can be FDA-approved if its benefits outweigh its risks and its manufacturer adequately warns consumers, which means doctors, pharmacists, and prospective patients, of these side effects. When a drug manufacturer fails to warn its users of its potential side effects, it is liable for any damages patients suffer related to experiencing these side effects.
A patient can seek compensation for his or her damages through a dangerous drug claim. Before taking any prescription drug, be sure to discuss all of its potential side effects with your doctor so you can make an informed decision.
How Can I be Hurt by Pradaxa?
Pradaxa, a prescription blood thinner used to treat blood clots and reduce the patient’s risk of stroke, can cause the following side effects:
- Heart failure;
- Kidney failure;
- Abdominal pain;
- Skin rashes;
- Allergic reactions; and
- Gastrointestinal ulcers.
Additionally, it increases the patient’s risk of suffering from internal bleeding because it prevents the body from creating blood clots where necessary.
What Makes Pradaxa a Dangerous Drug?
After suffering the side effects listed above, large groups of patients and their lawyers claimed that Pradaxa’s manufacturer, Boehringer Ingelheim, failed to warn them about the risks that come with taking the drug. Claimants’ allegations include:
- Boehringer Ingelheim misrepresented the drug’s safety compared with alternative drugs;
- The drug’s label did not contain adequate dosing information;
- The manufacturer failed to sufficiently research the drug’s safety and determine relevant variables when writing dosing instructions; and
- The manufacturer used deceptive marketing practices.
In 2014, Boehringer Ingelheim reached a settlement with victims and paid a $650 million settlement to victims who experienced dangerous bleeding after taking Pradaxa.
Filing a Dangerous Drug Claim
Drug manufacturers have what is known as product liability, which means they are liable for victims’ damages related to the products they release to the market. If you choose to file a dangerous drug claim, you must provide sufficient evidence to show that you were harmed because of the drug and that because of your injury or condition, you suffered specific financial damages.
The evidence you provide can include:
- Copies of your medical bills;
- Testimony from your doctor discussing your condition and treatment needs;
- Documentation showing that the drug was improperly marketed, such as a copy of the label; and
- Documentation of other financial damages you suffered, like lost wages.
Work with an Experienced LaFollette Dangerous Drug Lawyer
If you suffered one of the adverse side effects of Pradaxa listed above and you were not made aware of that risk beforehand, you could be entitled to recover monetary compensation for your damages related to your condition. To learn more and start working on your dangerous drug claim, contact our team of dangerous drug lawyers at Fox, Farley, Willis & Burnette today to schedule your legal consultation in our office.