Cerebral Hemorrhaging on Pradaxa
Pradaxa Brain Hemorrhages
The death of a Pradaxa user due to a brain hemorrhage has raised concerns about the drug’s bleeding risk. According to reports, an 83-year-old man suffered a minor fall, after which he was submitted to the hospital. Initially, the man appeared fully alert and oriented, with his brain scans revealing small, superficial hemorrhages. Within six hours, his condition worsened rapidly. With the blood spreading to half of his brain, the man fell into a coma, and died shortly thereafter.
If you or a loved one took Pradaxa and experienced brain hemorrhaging or another form of uncontrollable bleeding, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer to collect compensation for medical bills and other damages. To learn more about your eligibility for legal recourse, complete our free case review form today.
No Reversal Agent for Pradaxa
The case study outlined above highlights the risks associated with Pradaxa, and its lack of a reversal agent. Because there is no antidote for Pradaxa, the doctors in this case struggled to find a way to stop the excessive bleeding which has allegedly been linked to the administration of the blood thinner. This event has prompted concerns about Pradaxa’s place on the market as an alternative for older blood thinner warfarin, the blood thinning effects of which can be reversed with Vitamin K. If doctors are not prescribed adequate instructions on how to properly treat an excessive bleed on Pradaxa, elderly patients may be at risk for severe bleeding events after they suffer even minor trauma while taking the drug.
The doctors treating the 83-year-old fall victim tried to use IV fluids and a protein known as recombinant factor Vlla in an attempt to stop the patient’s hemorrhaging. However, possible reversal agents such as Vlla and fresh-frozen plasma have proven ineffective in stopping bleeding events which are caused by Pradaxa. According to researchers, the only way to stop bleeding on Pradaxa is to give the patient dialysis. Because this is typically not the first treatment ordered to stop uncontrollable bleeding, it may be too late to use dialysis by the time the physician realizes that the bleeding is due to Pradaxa.
Can I File a Lawsuit for a Bleeding Event on Pradaxa?
A number of lawsuits have been filed on behalf of Pradaxa users who suffered severe brain hemorrhages or other forms of internal bleeding. These suits allege, among other things, that the manufacturer failed to properly warn patients of the bleeding risk, and to adequately instruct physicians on how to handle bleeding events on Pradaxa. If you or a loved one suffered from brain hemorrhaging or another bleeding event on Pradaxa, you may be able to file a claim against the manufacturer. To find out if you can file a claim for medical bills and other losses, fill out our free case evaluation form today. This online consultation is being offered at no cost and with no obligation.