Blood thinners like Eliquis, Plavix, Xarelto and Pradaxa may cause hemorrhaging, horrific bleeding injuries and even death. In this post we’ll talk about those drugs, and how you can file a blood thinners lawsuit.
Imagine your trusted doctor prescribes you a medication that prevents blood clots and stroke. But that medication causes internal bleeding in you, and you nearly die from it. You might want to receive justice in such a case, and at least enough compensation to cover the medical bills and lost wages.
Sadly, this happens in real life. A lot. Patients have been suing Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals in thousands of lawsuits, for example. They claimed that Pradaxa caused severe internal bleeding. (Boehringer agreed to pay $650 million to resolve roughly 4,000 lawsuits.)
And that’s the reason for this post: to discuss the reasons and procedures for filing a blood thinner lawsuit. Here’s a couple of telling stories…
A woman was hospitalized after suffering a severe gastrointestinal bleed. Her use of Pradaxa worsened the bleeding. She later developed further complications and died.
She wasn’t the only one. 58,000 severe injuries have been linked to Pradaxa and other popular blood thinners, like Xarelto and Eliquis. Not to mention 8,000 deaths.
Blood thinners are commonly used to control heart disease and other heart complications. They shouldn’t cause them. It’s astounding that even today, drug manufacturer’s fail to adequately warn users of complications and risks.
Filing a lawsuit against a drug manufacturer is no easy task. But if you’ve suffered at the hands of a manufacturer, filing is your right. If you think your medication has caused you further injury or had fatal consequences for a loved one, take action. Keep reading to learn how.
What Are Blood Thinners & How Do They Work?
Blood thinners are medication used to help blood flow smoothly throughout your veins and arteries. They prevent blood clots from forming. Blood thinners also help existing blood clots from becoming larger.
There are two kinds of blood thinners:
Anticoagulants. These slow down your body’s process of making clots. Common drugs include heparin and warfarin.
Antiplatelets. These prevent platelets from clumping together to form a clot. The most common anti-platelet is aspirin.
How Blood Thinners Work
It’s a common misconception that blood thinners “thin” your blood. They do not, in fact, thin your blood. The name is a bit deceiving.
Blood thinners don’t break up clots either. What they actually do is keep blood from forming new clots. Or slowing the growth of existing ones.
Some medications work by weakening the Vitamin K in our bodies and its clotting properties. Others block proteins or enzymes that bind cells and platelets.
Who Should Use Blood Thinners?
There are over 2 million people taking blood thinners. Many people who have suffered a stroke or heart attack are prescribed blood thinners to prevent another one from happening.
People with heart conditions like irregular heart rhythms use blood thinners too. As well as individuals with blood vessel disease, or deep vein thrombosis.
Blood Thinner Risks
When we injure ourselves, or cut ourselves, our body’s natural response is to form a clot. This helps avoid excessive bleeding and can prevent further injuries.
- People taking blood thinners won’t have the same response to injury. Because no clot is formed, these people tend to bleed a lot more when injured.
- Blood thinners can also cause an overall low blood count which can lead to nausea and fatigue.
- Major bleeding can occur if blood thinners are mixed with the wrong medications including ibuprofen or NSAIDs.
- There are a wide variety of complications blood thinners can cause, and many people are suing large pharmaceutical companies as a result.
An example: thousands sue BMS
For example, Bristol-Myers Squibb has had thousands of cases filed against it because of their blood thinners. Patients say Plavix caused a wide range of problems, including:
- Internal bleeding
- Severe ulcers
- Heart attacks
- Bleeding of the brain
- And much more (see below)
They’re suing for many things; false advertisement, negligence, even wrongful death and a lot more besides. BMS has paid out hundreds of millions of dollars, specifically because they failed to warn certain patients about Plavix’s health risks. So the risk is certainly there. Let’s dig a little deeper into what problems may arise from these blood thinners.
Problems Caused By Some Blood Thinner Drugs
There are a wide range of problems associated with certain blood thinning drugs. Many of them can cause severe bleeding issues and even death.
Here are a few injuries caused by some blood thinning drugs:
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Kidney bleeding
- Stomach and intestinal bleeding
- Rectal bleeding
- Internal bleeding
- Pulmonary embolism
- And even death
Yikes. So some of these drugs can cause serious problems. And that begs the question, can a patient injured by these drugs file a lawsuit?
What Warrants A Blood Thinner Lawsuit
Currently, there are thousands of lawsuits against companies manufacturing certain blood thinners. So you’re probably wondering – how can you sue because of your medication?
An example of when to file a lawsuit: failure to disclose
So you were prescribed anticoagulants because you previously suffered a heart attack. Your doctor naturally advises you to take a medication that will prevent further clots and reduce your risk for a second heart attack. Your provider goes over some of the side effects. You also read through the pamphlet that comes with your medication. It informs you you might feel nausea, fatigue – the usual stuff.
But it didn’t warn you about the potential of major bleeding. It didn’t explain that you might be at risk for life-threatening complications. If you become the victim of a serious complication and it wasn’t fully explained to you, you could file a blood thinner lawsuit.
Another example: blood thinner overdose
It’s very important you follow directions for any medication you take. Take them on time, and with the correct dosage. It’s absolutely imperative that you make no errors when taking blood thinners. They are very sensitive and something as simple as a few extra doses or missed doses can be life threatening.
Usually medication overdose occurs because of user error. Sometimes though, the error can result on the other end. Perhaps a nurse or doctor was not paying attention and prescribed the incorrect dosage. Or maybe they administer much more medication than needed. This can cause dangerous or even fatal consequences. Because of this, you may have reason to file a blood thinner lawsuit.
In another scenario, your doctor prescribes the correct amount and the right dosage. But what they fail to tell you is how certain foods and supplements can exacerbate the medication’s effects. You’re taking the correct dosage/amount of blood thinner medication. Your dietary choices combined with your medicine are causing an overdose. This also gives you grounds to sue.
What To Know Before Filing A Claim
Simply being prescribed blood thinners is not enough to file a blood thinner lawsuit. You need to show you suffered complications because either:
(a) you were prescribed the incorrect amount or
(b) you weren’t adequately informed of the health risks.
If you’re sure you can show that, the next step is to meet with an experienced attorney. Navigating any malpractice case can be extremely difficult. Having someone who has dealt with these kinds of cases can make a huge difference. It can definitely lessen the load on your shoulders. Not sure how to prepare for your first meeting with a lawyer? Click here for helpful tips (and see more below).
What can I seek compensation for?
In medical malpractice cases, you can seek compensation for two types of compensation; economic damages and non-economic damages. Of course every case is different, and the details do matter. But generally speaking, you may be able to get compensated for the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Income you lost because of the injury
- Loss of future earning capacity
- The medical expenses (or funeral expenses in certain cases where wrongful death is concerned)
- Loss of consortium (loss of marital benefits)
How should I prepare?
The courts are all about facts and that’s what they need to see. When you schedule a meeting with a medical malpractice lawyer, come prepared. This means:
- Bring all relevant documents. Prescriptions. Communications between you and your provider. Pamphlets from the manufacturer. These are all important documents.
- Gathering a record of your medical bills. If your case is filed, not only do you want to be compensated for pain and suffering, but for any previous medical bills that could have been avoided.
Don’t forget the medical malpractice statute of limitations!
Here’s the thing about filing a lawsuit. You need to act quickly. In many states you may only have 2 years to file a blood thinner lawsuit. All states vary, but you don’t want to wait too long nonetheless. Learn more about the statute of limitations, here.
Reach Out. Get Answers. Seek The Justice You Deserve
Living with risks and conditions that require you to take blood thinners is hard enough. You rely on these medications to keep you safe and prevent serious traumatic injuries from occurring. The last thing on your mind is how these medications might have the opposite effect. Because of someone’s error or lack of explanation, you might suffer drastically.
We understand how stressful that can be. At Hampton & King, we strive to seek justice for victims of malpractice. Contact us today for a free consultation. We’ll discuss your potential blood thinner lawsuit and do everything we can to point you in the right direction.
Blood Thinner Lawsuits FAQs
Is there a class action against Eliquis?
Yes, there is a class action lawsuit against Eliquis. Eliquis is a blood thinner that prevents stroke in patients. It also prevents blood clots in patients during knee replacement surgery. But sadly, the drug causes several serious complications. These include intestinal, kidney, and brain bleeding. It can also lead to uncontrolled bleeding and death. When these complications arise, patients can file a blood thinner lawsuit.
Was Xarelto taken off the market?
Not exactly. Xarelto is another blood thinning medication with serious side effects. It caused hemorrhage complications, for example. There are many lawsuits against this blood thinning drug. Though it became less marketed, doctors still prescribe it.
What blood thinner was taken off the market?
Warfarin, also called Coumadin, is no longer recommended. That is, doctors recommended the blood thinning drug for atrial fibrillation treatment. But today, it is only very rarely recommended, to certain patients. Many people were harmed by this drug, so the blood thinner lawsuits against Warfarin were numerous.
How can I thin my blood naturally?
If you don’t want to file a blood thinner lawsuit because of complications, you can go natural. Several natural blood thinners prevent clots. These include foods like turmeric, ginger, garlic, and cayenne peppers. But natural blood thinners may not be as effective as blood thinning drugs. They may take time to work. It is best to consult your doctor before going natural.