Pradaxa Product Liability Update

When introduced by German pharmaceutical manufacturer Boehringer Ingelheim, it was hoped the prescription drug Pradaxa would replace Coumadin, a popular blood-thinning product with a troubled history of serious side effects. Both drugs are prescribed to reduce the risk of stroke in patients with irregular heart rhythms. Unfortunately, however, hopes for Pradaxa as a replacement for Coumadin did not come to fruition.

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), over 1.1 million prescriptions for Pradaxa (dabigatran), were filled between October 2010 and October 2011. However, in 2011 alone, the FDA received reports of around 3,700 adverse drug reactions to Pradaxa. More than 500 deaths were reportedly linked to it.

Approved for sale by the FDA in October 2010 and still on the market, Pradaxa is now the focus of large scale litigation.

As experienced personal injury attorneys in Chicago, our firm helps clients pursue their rights after injury caused by Pradaxa. In recent legal news, the Joint Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) entered an order consolidating current and future federally-filed Pradaxa cases in the Southern District of Illinois. In reviewing 21 federal cases, the JPML held that:

  • The actions concern common questions of fact
  • Centralization in Illinois serves both parties and witnesses
  • The actions share common allegations of severe bleeding caused by irreversible effects of the anticoagulant Pradaxa
  • Consolidation avoids duplicate discovery, and preserves the resources of  both the parties and the judiciary

Our Chicago personal injury attorneys represent individuals and families injured by Pradaxa.  If you have questions, contact our office about your injury.

Transvaginal Mesh Litigation — Is It for You?

Civil lawsuits are an important part of our legal system. Without this recourse, many victims of negligence, injurious pharmaceuticals and faulty medical devices would have no way to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages and the many other consequences of injuries sustained through no fault of their own.

Suing for transvaginal mesh injury

If you were hurt by the implantation of transvaginal mesh, you are not alone.  About one thousand cases have been consolidated in multidistrict litigations (class action lawsuits) in the Southern District of West Virginia and the Middle District of Georgia. The first of the West Virginia cases is slated for trial in February 2013.

Thousands of women were injured by pelvic mesh, a product still on the market. While pursuing legal action seems difficult, consider these points:

  • An experienced personal injury attorney investigates the unique facts of your case, and provides straightforward counsel on your chances for compensation
  • Reputable personal injury firms do not charge for services, but are paid from the proceeds of compensation obtained on your behalf
  • Filing a timely claim is important to preserve your right to compensation

Well-established in the Chicago area, our firm works hard to obtain fair compensation for each of our clients injured by transvaginal mesh implants. If you have questions about a possible case, or about the legal process itself, talk to us. The call is free.