ABOUT THE DRUG
Pradaxa (dabigatran) helps to prevent platelets in your blood from sticking together and forming a blood clot.
Pradaxa can cause a very serious blood clot around your spinal cord if you undergo a spinal tap or receive spinal anesthesia (epidural).
PURPOSE OF THE DRUG
Pradaxa is used to reduce the risk of stroke and blood clots in people who have a medical condition called atrial fibrillation. Pradaxa is also used to treat blood clots in the veins of your legs (deep vein thrombosis, or DVT) or lungs (pulmonary embolism, or PE) and reduce the risk of them occurring again.
Pradaxa can cause a very serious blood clot around your spinal cord if you undergo a spinal tap or receive spinal anesthesia (epidural), especially if you have a genetic spinal defect, if you have a spinal catheter in place, if you have a history of spinal surgery or repeated spinal taps, or if you are also using other drugs that can affect blood clotting. This type of blood clot can lead to long-term or permanent paralysis.
Bleeding is the most serious side effect reported with dabigatran (the active ingredient contained in Pradaxa). Major or severe bleeding may occur and, regardless of location, may lead to disabling, life-threatening or even fatal outcomes.
HOW SHIFFMAN & SHIN CAN HELP
Shiffman Shin Law is investigating lawsuits on behalf of patients who suffered severe bleeding, including gastrointestinal bleeds and cerebral hemorrhaging, while taking Pradaxa. Multiple lawsuits have already been filed, and we are expecting that many more claims will surface over the next several months. If you or a loved one suffered a severe bleed while taking Pradaxa, you may be able to join this growing litigation and sue the drug’s manufacturer for financial compensation to cover your medical bills and other losses.
To find out if you are eligible for a Pradaxa lawsuit, complete the form on the right hand side of this page. Shiffman Shin Law will evaluate your claim at no cost to you to determine whether you have legal recourse.