A new Pradaxa lawsuit has been filed against Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals by a Pradaxa user who suffered severe side effects of the blood-thinning medication. The Plaintiff, Jose Monebias, claims he suffered uncontrollable internal bleeding that caused him to suffer a severe stroke that left him partially paralyzed.
Monebias alleges in the Pradaxa lawsuit, filed July 6, 2012 in California federal court, that he was unaware of the harm he was exposing himself to by taking Pradaxa because the drug's warning label did not adequately warn of Pradaxa's side effects. All blood-thinning medications, including Warfarin (coumadin), have the potential to cause internal bleeding, but Pradaxa internal bleeding is particularly dangerous because Pradaxa has no antidote. Warfarin bleeding can be stopped with Vitamin K, but it's extremely difficult to stop Pradaxa bleeding. As a result, hundreds of people have died from Pradaxa internal bleeding. Those that don't die can suffer severe, sometimes long-lasting, complications from the bleeding.
Monebias blames Pradaxa manufacturer Boehringer Ingelheim for his Pradaxa injuries, alleging in his lawsuit that the company failed to adequately warn the public and the medical community that there is no reversal agent should Pradaxa bleeding or hemorrhaging occur. Had Monebias been aware of these risks, he never would have chosen Pradaxa to treat his atrial fibrillation, his lawsuit claims. He is seeking actual, treble and punitive damages for physical and mental pain, emotional distress, ongoing medical expenses, and more.
Nearly 3,000 cases of Pradaxa bleeding injuries were reported in 2011 alone, including over 500 patient deaths, according to a report issued by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices. Despite these alarming numbers, a Pradaxa recall has not been issued.
Many bleeding victims are turning to Pradaxa injury lawyers to help them get compensation for their injuries. So many Pradaxa injury lawsuits have been filed that a new multidistrict litigation (MDL) has been created to quickly and effectively resolve them. The new Pradaxa lawsuit MDL, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, will join hundreds of individual Pradaxa lawsuits together before one judge, U.S. District Judge David R. Herndon. At this time, no Pradaxa class action lawsuit has been filed, so joining the Pradaxa MDL will help victims seek the compensation they deserve.
If you or a loved one took Pradaxa and suffered cerebral hemorrhage (brain bleeds), gastrointestinal bleeding (stomach bleeds), kidney bleeding, heart attack or death, a Pradaxa injury lawyer can provide a free consultation about your legal rights.