Austin Eliquis Injury Lawyer
Internal and out-of-control bleeding caused by a blood thinner can easily result in serious injury and death. When you’ve been hurt by one of these drugs, find out if you have a case for financial compensation by speaking with an Austin Eliquis injury lawyer.
Many blood thinners on the market today, such as Eliquis, come with serious health risks. Eliquis, used to reduce the risk of blood clots and stroke, is a newer anticoagulant that that may work extremely well, but it also comes with risks that are important to understand.
Like Pradaxa and Xarelto, Eliquis has reportedly caused patients to suffer irreversible and life-threatening internal bleeding, sometimes leading to death. Seeking an Austin Eliquis injury lawyer from Colley & Colley, LLP is critical if you or a loved one has been a victim of serious sides effects while taking this drug.
Risks of Taking Blood Thinners
Every year, serious adverse drug reactions cause injury to approximately 2 million people. According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), prescription drugs are the fourth-leading cause of death in the nation, accounting for approximately 100,000 deaths every year.
It’s not uncommon for blood-thinning medication to cause excessive bleeding. The FDA receives nearly 35,000 adverse-event reports related to oral anticoagulants yearly, and about 3,000 fatalities are documented in these reports.
Eliquis was approved by the FDA in 2012 and is manufactured by Pfizer and Bristol-Myers Squibb. The benefit of taking Eliquis versus the older class of anticoagulants, such as warfarin, is that strict dietary changes and constant blood monitoring are unnecessary.
The problem with Eliquis and other newer blood thinners, however, is that there is not an antidote to reverse and stop the dangerous potential side effect of an internal bleeding episode.
Eliquis Can Cause Serious, Even Deadly Side Effects
Serious bleeding events may occur while taking Eliquis, generically known as apixaban. Due to the seriousness of internal bleeding without an available reversal method, it is challenging for doctors to treat patients who have taken these blood thinners.
Possible internal bleeding that may occur while on Eliquis could include the following:
- Gastrointestinal Bleeding – Bleeding in the stomach, small and large intestines, colon, and rectum
- Intraocular Bleeding – Bleeding in and around the eyes
- Cerebral Hemorrhages – Bleeding in the brain
- Death – Severe internal bleeding and hemorrhaging can easily be fatal
According to the Mayo Clinic, it’s important to seek immediate medical attention while taking Eliquis if any of these symptoms occur:
- Blood in the eyes, nose, urine, or stool
- Vomiting blood
- Disorientation, dizziness, fainting, or inability to concentrate
- Swelling near eyes and lips
- Difficulty swallowing or a swollen tongue
- Nausea, vomiting, constipation, or severe stomach pain
Lawsuits Involving Similar Anticoagulants
As more patients suffer injury and death as a result of Eliquis, personal injury lawsuits against Pfizer and Bristol-Meyers Squibb are inevitable. There is already litigation in process against other manufacturers of similar newer-generation anticoagulants that do not have reversing agents.
The maker of Pradaxa, Boehringer Ingelheim, settled 4,000 lawsuits for a reported sum of $650 million dollars—and there are presently thousands more pending lawsuits against them.
An Austin Eliquis Bleeding Lawyer Can Help You
If internal bleeding caused by Eliquis has caused you or a loved one serious injury, the compassionate and knowledgeable lawyers of Colley & Colley, LLP will help you recover the compensation you deserve for your medical expenses, loss of income, and pain and suffering. Call us for a free case evaluation at 1-877-411-2001 or contact us through our online form below.