Pradaxa Drug Injury Attorney Columbia
Pradaxa is most commonly prescribed in the form of Dabigatran capsules, and physicians classify it as an anticoagulant, meaning its main effect is to thin the blood. This drug’s main use is to decrease the risk of strokes and blood clots in patients with a severe heart rhythm condition known as non-valvular atrial fibrillation. Health care professionals also use Pradaxa to prevent recurring deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in patients who have already been on other medications or patients that have had hip or knee replacement surgery.
Some reasons a doctor may decide against prescribing one of their patients this medication include:
- The patient has an artificial heart valve.
- They have kidney disease.
- The patient has a history of bleeding, spinal problems, stomach ulcers, or has had spinal surgery.
Serious side effects of Pradaxa are:
- Back pain.
- Numbness, weakness or a tingling sensation in the back or feet.
- Loss of bladder or bowel control.
- Blood in urine or stool.
Patients seeing any of these side effects should inform their doctor immediately. Patients taking Pradaxa will also bleed in greater quantities and for longer periods of time, as with any anticoagulant. A patient should not stop taking this medication without talking to their doctor; patients who suddenly stop taking Pradaxa are at an increased risk for strokes.
Product Liability in Cases of Defective Pradaxa
There are three types of product liability claims that relate to drugs:
- Drugs can be defectively manufactured. Drugs can become defective or tainted anywhere along the journey from their creation to your consumption: at the manufacturer, the pharmacy, or during shipping.
- They can have inappropriately dangerous side effects. All drugs have side effects, but drugs that have side effects that are incredibly dangerous (and in some cases, undocumented) are defective. A drug may be on the market for years before it is tied to a dangerous condition.
- They can be marketed improperly. If a drug is not labeled with all appropriate warnings and instructions, the law considers it defectively marketed. This is also the case if a patient was given bad information on the drug by the manufacturer, his or her doctor, or some other medical professional.
After filing a product liability claim, plaintiffs must prove their case with the help of a drug injury attorney. Proving a liability claim is a complicated process, and when the medical industry is involved, it often requires the testimony of at least one expert witness. The elements of the claim that a plaintiff must be prove in a case of a defective pharmaceutical such as Pradaxa include:
- The drug caused injury to the patient. If someone took the drug but suffered no consequence, then there is no basis for a lawsuit.
- The pharmaceutical was defective in one of the three aforementioned ways.
- The injury to the patient was the result of the drug’s defect.
Please contact the legal professionals at Discepolo LLP to talk about filing a claim. The main office of our company is located in Columbia, Maryland. However, we also have offices in Illinois, Washington, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. If you suspect that you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to Pradaxa, it’s vital to pursue legal action as soon as possible.
The lawyers at Discepolo LLP have been helping clients for more than fifteen years in a variety of cases. Take advantage of our experience and expertise by reaching out to us with any questions you might have about complications due to Pradaxa use. We offer free consultation, and our fees are contingency based, which means we get paid when you do. Don’t suffer the effects of faulty medication alone.