Pradaxa is just one of the very few choices available for people who need to take a blood thinner. Many people choose Pradaxa because unlike Coumadin, there is no need for weekly blood work or to follow a special diet. However, Pradaxa is linked to severe bleeding.
Pradaxa Caused the Death of More than 500 People
Pradaxa was approved for use by the FDA in 2010. However, in 2011, more than 500 deaths were linked to the drug and reported to the FDA. The cause of death was severe bleeding. Because Pradaxa is used to minimize the risk of stroke and to control blood clots (including DVT), patients face the risk of a bleeding episode. While that may seem like a common risk for anyone who takes a blood thinner, Pradaxa has one specific caveat that increases the chance of death. There is no known antidote to stop severe bleeding that is caused by Pradaxa.
Since there is no known way for medical professionals to intervene if someone is hemorrhaging internally because of Pradaxa, thousands have been injured. In 2014, the manufacturer of Pradaxa, Boehringer Ingelheim, settled 4,000 lawsuits, without admitting liability, for a total of $650 million.
Know the Signs of Internal Bleeding
When you’re prescribed any blood thinner, especially Pradaxa, it is important that you know the signs of internal bleeding. If you or a loved one experience the following symptoms, seek immediate medical help:
- Unusual bleeding or bruising
- Stools that are red or look like tar
- Urine that is pink or brown in color
- Vomit that looks like coffee grounds or has blood in it
- Coughing up blood
- Severe headaches
- Frequent nosebleeds
- Joint pain or swelling
- Swelling of your hands, feet, arms, ankles, or lower legs
Severe bleeding is a medical emergency. It can lead to internal pressure, shock, unconsciousness, and death.
You May Be Entitled to Compensation
If you suffered a severe bleeding episode as a result of taking Pradaxa, you may be entitled to compensation. Compensation may include money for medical expenses, lost wages, future medical expenses, future loss of earnings, and wrongful death. Call Goldwater Law Firm right away to speak with a Pradaxa lawyer to have your case evaluated free of charge.
It’s important to note that all legal claims have a specific time by which they must be filed. If you’re ready to protect your legal rights and learn more about a Pradaxa lawsuit, call us immediately. Your claim is time sensitive.
Goldwater Law Firm understands the stress and uncertainty that comes with being injured by drugs like Pradaxa and we’re here to help. We’re available at any time, day or night, to answer your questions related to Pradaxa lawsuits. You shouldn’t have to continue to suffer because of a drug that you thought would improve your quality of life injured you.
If you believe that you suffered a severe bleeding episode because of Pradaxa, first speak with your doctor. Then, call the Pradaxa lawyers with Goldwater Law Firm. Don’t wait. Call us now.