- People who have suffered any of these consequences as a result of using Pradaxa
- Severe bleeding from outer orifices
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Family members of a patient who died as a consequence of suffering the side-effects of Pradaxa usage
- An 84-year woman’s family was awarded $1.25 million in compensation for her wrongful death after using Pradaxa, in October 2018
- A $542,000 payout was given to the plaintiff in a case in May 2019
- The deceased Betty Knight’s family was given $1.2 million in compensation in October 2018
Dabigatran is the generic name of the anticoagulant drug sold under the brand name Pradaxa. The drug is used to prevent the formation of blood clots. The medication is mainly meant to prevent the chances of stroke caused by blood clots in patients who have a specific heart condition called atrial fibrillation.
Atrial fibrillation is a sort of arrhythmia in which the patient’s heart beats faster than usual and out of rhythm. The patient may experience chest pain, dizziness and weakness, and in more extreme cases, a stroke, potentially leading to death. Pradaxa is also administered to patients after hip-replacement surgery to ensure the prevention of a very specific type of blood clot called deep vein thrombosis, the presence of which can cause further blood clots in the lungs, leading to a life-threatening condition called pulmonary embolism. A pulmonary embolism is caused by blood clots that block the pulmonary arteries of the lungs.
The active ingredient in Pradaxa is dabigatran etexilate mesylate, which hydrolyzes and converts into dabigatran. Manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Pradaxa was approved by the FDA and introduced to the mainstream market in 2010. Since then, it has been used and prescribed by doctors to patients who suffer from atrial fibrillation and deep vein thrombosis. Pradaxa is a direct competitor of the traditional blood thinner Warfarin, but Pradaxa was described as a more convenient alternative to Warfarin. Warfarin, which had been in use since the 1950s, required special dietary restrictions to regulate the vitamin K intake of patients.
Pradaxa acts as a blood thinner, preventing the clots that could lead to more adverse consequences. Naturally, it makes you bleed easily, and thus, should only be taken at the explicit recommendation of your doctor as it could cause more bleeding if taken during certain medical conditions or during post-surgical bleeding. Because of this, doctors practice something called contraindication, where a treatment option or medication is withheld from a patient because of the potential harm it can cause because of other on-going drug treatments or medical complications.
Pradaxa should not be prescribed to patients if they are allergic to dabigatran, have an artificial heart valve, have active bleeding after surgery, or any other condition that can cause Pradaxa to have adverse consequences on the patient’s health.
Despite taking extreme precaution in prescribing and administering it, there are several reports of Pradaxa causing gastrointestinal bleeding, severe hemorrhaging, strokes, heart attacks, and other serious complications in users of this medication. In fact, Pradaxa has the highest number of reports – around 3,781 for hemorrhages, strokes, bleeding, and deaths – among all of the monitored drugs.
Over 6000 lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturer, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, who refutes all the claims against Pradaxa and maintains that it’s safe to use, despite many settlements being in favor of the plaintiffs.How Does the Drug Work?
Pradaxa is a blood thinner or anticoagulant that is referred to as a direct thrombin inhibitor. Direct thrombin inhibitors work by blocking thrombin, which is the blood’s central clotting agent. By attaching itself to the thrombin, Pradaxa makes it difficult for thrombin to form a blood clot. In patients suffering from AFib, Pradaxa prevents the formation of blood clots, and the traveling of clots to the brain, where it can cause a stroke.
Pradaxa has been proven to be superior to Warfarin when it comes to the treatment of blood clots, but at the same time, this anti-clotting drug has been reported to cause severe bleeding and hemorrhages that have lead to severe medical complications and even death.
If you have suffered excessive bleeding, further surgeries, or the unfortunate death of a loved one, due to the usage of Pradaxa, you may be eligible to bring a product liability claim against the manufacturer and try to acquire compensatory damages for your losses and for the possible wrongful death of a close family member.Uses of the Drug
As specified above, Pradaxa is basically a blood thinner that is used to prevent blood clots in people who might have other severe consequences due to the formation of these blood clots. These include patients who have the following conditions:
- Atrial Fibrillation: Atrial Fibrillation is a medical condition where the patient has an irregular or a very quick heart rate. This rapid beating of the heart can increase the patient’s chances of suffering from a stroke, heart failure, as well as other heart-related medical conditions. A-fib can cause the formation of clots that can endanger a person’s life. These blood clots are responsible for the above-mentioned medical conditions. Pradaxa prevents the formation of these blood clots by thinning the blood and preventing thrombin from doing its job.
- Deep Vein Thrombosis: DMV occurs when there is a blood clot in a deep vein, mostly in the leg. It can be hard to pinpoint the problem, but some common symptoms include swelling, redness, pain, and warmth in the affected area. Deep vein thrombosis treatments vary from anticoagulant medications to surgery. Pradaxa helps resolve the issue so that the veins stay clear, and the blood supply to the legs is not hindered by the formation of blood clots.
- Pulmonary Embolism: A pulmonary embolism occurs when a blood vessel in the lungs is blocked by a blood clot, air, fat, or a tumor cell (collectively called an embolus). This cuts off the blood supply to the lungs, resulting in death if not treated properly and if the embolus or blockage is not adequately removed. Pradaxa does not allow the blood clots to form and ensures regular and healthy blood supply to the lungs, which can ensure that the lungs remain functional.
The risk of strokes and intracranial hemorrhages caused by Pradaxa is highest in the following people:
- People who are 75 years old and older
- People who have a stomach ulcer
- Those who’ve had recurrent or recent intestinal or stomach bleeding
- People with preexisting kidney problems
- People with a lower than average body weight
- Patients who use drugs besides Pradaxa that increase the chances of excess bleeding. These drugs include blood thinners, aspirin, and even non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
- Patients who use ketoconazole or dronedarone to deal with certain kidney problems
If you’re a user of Pradaxa and experience any of the following symptoms, seek medical help immediately. Excessive bleeding can cause death in severe cases, and there are about 625 cases in which Pradaxa has been the cause of death. Here are some signs that will tell you that you need to seek medical help:
- Consistent bleeding that won't stop
- Heavy menstrual bleeding or any vaginal bleeding
- Easy bruising and visible bleeding under the skin
- Joint pain and swelling
- Blood in the urine
- Bloody mucus accompanying coughs
- Headaches, dizziness, or weakness
Excessive blood loss and internal hemorrhages can cause death, so do not take these symptoms lightly. If you’re unsure about the symptoms you’re experiencing, the best course of action to take is to visit a doctor for a complete examination and diagnosis.
If you or someone you know has sustained internal injuries because of Pradaxa, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against Pradaxa and pursue compensatory and punitive damages. The use of Pradaxa has even been known to cause deaths, and in an unfortunate case like that, you may be eligible to pursue a product liability or wrongful death claim against Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals and try to hold them responsible for their negligence and defective products.
Consult with an injury lawyer for advice and guidance as to your options.Who Can File a Pradaxa Lawsuit?
Over 6000 victims of the defective drug have filed claims against the manufacturer of Pradaxa, and many still await a trial in court. Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals has paid millions in compensatory and punitive damages to victims, as the jurors' verdicts have been in favor of the victims, in light of the studies and evidence of Pradaxa causing these side-effects in victims.
You may be eligible to file a Pradaxa lawsuit if you have suffered through the negative consequences of using the Pradaxa drug. The effects of using Pradaxa include:
- Severe bleeding from outer orifices
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
Do not disregard any of these symptoms, and get a medical report confirming that the symptoms are the result of using Pradaxa. You may be eligible to claim compensatory damages for the additional surgeries or medical treatments, pain and suffering, and missed wages that you might have had to experience as a result of the side-effects of Pradaxa.
In case a person dies as a result of using Pradaxa, a family member is eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer for the wrongful death of the victim. The deceased family may be eligible to receive compensatory damages for the loss of companionship, loss of parental guidance, loss of financial support, and also to attempt to make up for the grief, agony, and trauma caused to the family of the deceased.
In any case, if you have suffered in any way because of the defective Pradaxa drug, you should talk to a lawyer about your options. They can help try to evaluate your case, represent you in court, and try to fight for the compensation you deserve.How Long Do I Have to File a Pradaxa Lawsuit?
Lawsuits that relate to defective or faulty drugs and medications are also filed under product liability. People who have used Pradaxa and have experienced negative symptoms such as excessive nasal bleeding, vaginal bleeding, intracranial hemorrhages, or intestinal bleeding should consider filing a lawsuit against Pradaxa. Once you have visited the doctor and gotten the necessary medical attention, you should speak to a lawyer.
Don’t delay when it comes to filing the lawsuit. The Statutes of Limitations of your state sets the time limit when it comes to filing a product liability lawsuit. If you file a lawsuit after the time expires, your case will likely be dismissed. Since the Statute of Limitations varies from state to state, it is best if you speak to a lawyer if you want to know how much time to have to file a Pradaxa lawsuit.
We recommend that you contact the attorneys at Frankl & Kominsky as soon as you start experiencing negative symptoms related to the Pradaxa drug. Our lawyers will assess your case and try to pursue the compensation that you deserve.How Many Lawsuits Have Been Filed Against the Manufacturer of Pradaxa?
While studies and reports indicate that Pradaxa can indeed cause bleeding, strokes, hemorrhages, and even death, and a lot of such victims have come forward with their reports, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals refuses to claim responsibility. Despite their constant denial of Pradaxa’s potential to cause harm, there have been several cases in court where the jury has unanimously agreed against the manufacturer, causing the company to pay millions in damages. Let’s look at some cases:
In October 2018, in a case involving the death of an 84-year woman, the family of the deceased was awarded $1.25 million in compensation. The woman had been using the Pradaxa drug and had died as a result of consuming the drug. The family filed a wrongful death lawsuit and succeeded in acquiring about $200 thousand for their pain and suffering, $50,000 for medical and burial expenses of the deceased, and a further $1 million in punitive damages.
In May 2019, a trial was finally decided in favor of the plaintiff, who received $542,000 in compensatory and punitive damages. It was a marked win for the victims, as the previous Bellwether trials had ended with the jury siding with the manufacturer.
October 2018 saw one of the very first verdicts in favor of the plaintiff. In West Virginia, the family of Betty Knight was awarded $1.2 million in compensatory and punitive damages. Betty died as a result of taking the blood-thinning drug Pradaxa. The jury accused the pharmaceutical company of having misguided consumers and failing to warn them of the potential dangers of taking the drug.
It is hard to fight against big pharmaceutical companies. They have endless resources and a team of lawyers who may try overwhelm you into settling for less compensation than you deserve. The first few cases filed against Pradaxa ended up being decided in Boehringer Ingelheim’s favor, in the famous Bellwether trials. Drug companies like Boehringer Ingelheim make billions of dollars and have a lot of resources to protect their interests. This is why you should consider the strong support of experienced lawyers who are available to deal with these corporate giants and can stand their ground and will try to get you the due compensation for your suffering.
The Bellwether Trials:
Talking a bit about the first three Bellwether trials; they were conducted in March, May, and October of 2018, and ended up being decided in favor of Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals.
In the first case, a patient of atrial fibrillation, Mary Boone, died as a result of gastrointestinal bleeding after her doctor had prescribed the drug Pradaxa to reduce her risk of suffering from a stroke. Boehringer Ingelheim argued that the labeling was adequate, and the risks were clear when taking the drug.
The remaining two cases also involved atrial fibrillation patients who suffered major bleeding events, but the jury sided with the manufacturer and handed verdicts in favor of Boehringer Ingelheim.
Thus, it is recommended that you consult with a Frankl & Kominsky lawyer if you are interested in proceeding with your case. With the support and guidance of your lawyer, you can try to get the compensation that you deserve.Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer to File a Pradaxa Lawsuit
At Frankl & Kominsky, our injury attorneys have recovered more than $75 million in accident and injury settlements. If you or a loved one have experienced symptoms that indicate a reaction to or suffer from one of the consequences of using Pradaxa, our lawyers can try to help you recover compensation for past and future medical bills, lost wages, and special damages that you might have suffered. We will try to help to hold the responsible party, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, liable.
With Frankl & Kominsky, you don’t have to worry about paying the attorney fee upfront. We understand that you’re already caught up with the medical expenses of your treatment for the injuries that Pradaxa caused, or grieving the loss of a loved one due to the use of Pradaxa. We offer a contingency fee arrangement.
You can get a free assessment or review of your Pradaxa lawsuit by filing the free evaluation form on our website, and our attorneys are available to assist you when it comes to proceeding with your Pradaxa lawsuit.