Dialysis Side Effect Lawsuit
Dialysis is a common treatment option for people suffering from renal disease, i.e. their kidneys have given up normal function. While it has undoubtedly proven to be helpful as a treatment for failed kidneys, there are certain products used in this procedure that can be harmful for you in other ways. The treatment can expose you to a heightened risk of different heart injuries that can turn out to be serious and even fatal in some cases. Almost 500,000 patients are treated with dialysis on a normal basis and almost half of these patients are led to their death by cardiovascular diseases. If you or a loved one suffered from one of these side effects of dialysis between 2005 and 2012, compensation may be available.
To participate in this lawsuit you must meet the following requirements:
1) you must have suffered from a heart attack or cardiac arrest, or be representing someone who died
2) you must have been injured between 2005 and 2012
The legal action against GranuFlo is structured as a mass tort lawsuit (learn why that’s important to you). Unlike class action lawsuits, a mass tort lawsuit treats each claimant (victim) as an individual. What this means to you is that a separate, individual lawsuit against the manufacturer is filed upon your behalf. It is worth noting that settlements in these cases often result in large sums of money being awarded to the claimant; the majority going to you and a much lesser amount to the attorney. Also there is NEVER any upfront payment to the attorney or any out-of-pocket expenses for which you are responsible.
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Why Dialysis Increases the Risk of Heart Diseases
Solutions used during dialysis procedures are responsible for elevating the risks of side effects. What makes these solutions even more dangerous is the lack of proper warning, which makes most people going through dialysis unaware of the associated risks. Hundreds of people suffer from heart conditions like a stroke, sudden cardiac death, cardiopulmonary arrest, stroke or sudden heart attack as these solutions increase the bicarbonate component in the body to an alarming level. The number of deaths caused by dialysis mishaps have lead to a large number of lawsuits being filed.
During the process of dialysis, it is important that these components are administered with proper monitoring and with the use of appropriate bicarbonate buffers. If that is not done, it leads to metabolic alkalosis due to bicarbonate overdose. This eventually leads to low blood pressure and serious heart conditions that become devastating if not fatal. Heart attacks can occur during the dialysis treatment when the blood supply to the heart muscles is stopped or reduced, causing irreparable damage.
Symptoms of Poor Heart Health in Dialysis Patients
If you are a regular dialysis patient, you should always look out for symptoms to check whether or not your cardiac health is suffering due to this treatment. Usual signs of metabolic alkalosis that can occur before a cardiac arrest or heart attack include:
- Unusually slow breathing
- Rapid heartbeat or irregular heart rate
- A sudden drop in blood pressure
- Feeling confused, irritated or feeling a twitching sensation
- Health issues like diarrhea, nausea and vomiting
- The change in skin color to purple or blue due to the lack of oxygen
On experiencing any of these symptoms, you should right away consult your physician for a checkup to ensure that your heart health is not at an alarming stage right now. However, if you are suffering from heart problems, you have the right to seek legal compensation for the proper treatment you will be required to go through.
According to the law, it is the responsibility of medical professionals to make patients aware of the possible risks involved in the process of dialysis. If you were not made aware of these risks and now are suffering from serious heart health issues, taking legal action is your right. If your loved one has suffered from a fatal heart condition while going through dialysis, you can also seek compensation on their behalf to ensure that the same thing is not done with other patients.