Pradaxa and the Elderly

Fighting for families who have experienced the loss of a loved one

For numerous reasons, complications from Pradaxa in elderly people have been especially prevalent. Too often, families throughout the United States and the world have endured the tragedy of losing a patriarch or matriarch unexpectedly, unnecessarily and far too soon. If your family has lost an elderly loved one due to complications associated with Pradaxa, you are not alone. Many families have experienced the same tragedy in the last two years. We at the Phillips Law Offices are standing by to assist these families in gaining a sense of justice and closure following the loss of a loved one.

Why does Pradaxa affect the elderly

There are several reasons why Pradaxa has had such an effect on the elderly. The first and most obvious reason is because older Americans are most likely to suffer from the conditions that Pradaxa was designed to treat. Pradaxa is indicated for the treatment of a type of arrhythmia called atrial fibrillation where the top two chambers of the heart — the atria — beat out of sync with the bottom two chambers. The average age of a male atrial fibrillation sufferer is 66.8 years old. For women, it is 74.6. The result is that, despite the fact that the risks associated with Pradaxa for patients over 75 years of age are well established, most Pradaxa users are older Americans.

The second reason for the prevalence of problems from Pradaxa in elderly people stems from the type of accidents that cause these complications. Among the most frightening Pradaxa side effects are bleeding issues. For Pradaxa patients, a fall that would otherwise result in a mild to moderate injury can give rise to serious internal hemorrhaging such as subdural hematoma. As there is currently no way to reverse the anticoagulant effects of Pradaxa, medical professionals may have few options but to try to make the victim comfortable while he or she bleeds to death internally. Elderly people are especially susceptible to these types of injuries due to the ambulatory issues that can come with age.

We are Illinois attorneys who fight for families who have lost a loved one

Losing an elderly loved to what should have been a minor injury is something that no family should have to experience. The Phillips Law Offices is committed to helping families who lost a loved one who was taking Pradaxa gain some semblance of closure by holding the manufacturer responsible. Call us today at (312) 346-4262 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with a knowledgeable attorney. You can count on us to be by your side throughout the course of your pharmaceutical liability case.