Pradaxa is a blood-thinner that was designed to prevent platelets in your blood from sticking together to form a blood clot. However, the drug has been linked with several dangerous side effects that can severely impact one’s health. As such, our legal experts at Goldberg & Rosen are proud to represent individuals who have been adversely affected by Pradaxa, helping them file lawsuits against the drug manufacturer to receive the compensation they deserve.
Pradaxa: An Increased Risk of Potentially Fatal Bleeding
Like other anticoagulants, Pradaxa works to inhibit the body’s ability to form blood clots. All anticoagulants pose a risk of serious bleeds – however other drugs on the market have an antidote that can easily stop the bleeding if it occurs. Because Pradaxa does not have an antidote to reverse its anticlotting effects, it poses an increased risk for serious and irreversible bleeding that can be fatal. While on Pradaxa, bleeding may develop due to a fall or trauma, but it can also occur spontaneously. In addition, elderly patients may be at an even greater risk, because they are likely to have balance issues and their blood vessels are more fragile.
Bleeding from Pradaxa has resulted in hundreds of deaths since the drug hit the market. In addition, thousands of people have experienced damaging side effects – including rectal, brain and gastrointestinal bleeding.
Are there any other side effects of Pradaxa?
Internal bleeding isn’t the only side effect associated with Pradaxa. Though it’s the most discussed complication, the blood thinner has also been linked to:
- Abdominal pain
- Gastrointestinal ulcers
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Should you file a Pradaxa lawsuit?
The manufacturer of Pradaxa, Boehringer Ingelheim, has agreed to pay $650 million to settle 4,000 lawsuits involving their drug. These lawsuits claim that Boehringer failed to adequately warn patients that the drug caused serious and potentially fatal bleeding that could not be easily reversed.
Even though the manufacturer has agreed to settle, our legal team at Goldberg & Rosen is continuing to review potential cases, due to the fact that patients and physicians are still not being adequately warned about the risks associated with this drug. As such, if you’ve been injured or lost a loved one due to a bleed after taking the medication Pradaxa, you may be entitled to legal recourse. Filing a lawsuit may enable you to receive compensation for your lost wages, hospital expenses, medical bills and – in the event of a death – funeral costs, the loss of the deceased’s future earnings and the loss of an inheritance. In addition, if a loved one has died as the result of Pradaxa-related complications, you may also be entitled to non-economic damages, which cover mental anguish, pain and suffering, the loss of care and nurturing and the loss of love and companionship.