The Scarsdale Daily Voice

Scarsdale, New York

Victims of GranuFlo File Lawsuit

March 22nd, 2013

Personal injury lawyers handling medical malpractice lawsuits understand the plight of patients who are made to suffer additional illnesses as a result of side effects of medications prescribed to them. Besides the unexpected bodily, emotional, and mental anguish caused by these side effects, those who are injured or made ill by a medical product often have to cope with substantial financial consequences, as well.

GranuFlo, a dry acid product used to cleanse the bloodstream of damaging substances during kidney dialysis, is known to cause severe side effects in some patients, including stroke, risk of heart attack or, worst of all, sudden death. When the kidneys no longer function well, compounds that can help eliminate acids and other harmful matter in the bloodstream become highly essential. Though GranuFlo seemed to have done the job of cleansing the kidney, the complications it causes have been found to be excessively dangerous. And worse, despite the continuous increase in health problems this product showed from 2004 – 2011, Fresenius Medical Care, its manufacturer, ignored all these and still continued to aggressively market the product.

In 2010, approximately 941 (from 667 clinics owned and managed by Fresenius) patients suffered unexpected heart attacks during dialysis treatment using GranuFlo. Detailed information regarding the incidents and the risks associated with the use of the product was compiled and distributed by Fresenius, but only to its own clinics, excluding all other dialysis clinics across the US in the list of recipients. Cessation of the use of the product probably started only on March 29, 2012, after the US Food and Drug Administration issued a Class 1 recall, the most serious form of recall the FDA can issue.

It seems that Fresenius chose to ignore the obvious and severe complications GranuFlo is associated with, in spite of ample evidence of these problems. But whether their actions were intentional or not, the fact remains that lives have been severely affected, and Fresenius is legally responsible for the consequences.

If you or anyone you know has suffered or is suffering due to this product from Fresenius Medical Care, which was declared effectively safe, you should know that a GranuFlo lawsuit may be the best means available to help you get the compensation you deserve for your damages. There are GranuFlo lawsuit lawyers who will exercise total dedication in representing you and in fighting for your rights. Do not hesitate; call a lawyer today.

Proving a Medical Malpractice Claim

March 6th, 2013

Medical malpractice is the name given to the actions of a doctor who injures a patient as a result of a failure to perform his or her duties with the degree of competence that is expected of professionals in the unforgiving field of medicine. When doctors make mistakes, they can have severe, sometimes life threatening, consequences on their patients. Doctors can actually be held accountable for these injurious mistakes through medical malpractice claims. There is a lot that must go into filing and proving these claims, however.

medical mistakeOne of the first things that must be proven in a medical malpractice suit is that the doctor being accused of mistreating a patient was actually rendering medical services to him or her. If the accused doctor can prove he or she wasn’t the plaintiff’s acting physician, the case will be thrown out. This is the easiest part of any malpractice case.

The most difficult part is proving that the doctor behaved negligently. To do this, most claimants call on the expertise of other medical professionals in hopes of illustrating that their doctor failed to provide the level of care that a typical  doctor would reasonably supply under similar circumstances. If the doctor’s treatment method was reasonable and careful, it will be incredibly difficult to prove malpractice.

However, if it is determined that the doctor was negligent, the next step to proving malpractice is proving that the doctor’s negligence and mistakes directly led to the injury sustained by the patient. This is challenging because the vast majority of people don’t go to the doctor unless something is wrong with them to begin with. It can be difficult to determine the root of an injury, but it is possible.

Medical malpractice lawsuits offer the victims of irresponsible doctors an opportunity to recover compensation for the high costs of the detrimental treatment they received as well as any further treatment they may require as a result.