The seasoned trial lawyers at Briggs & Wholey understand the fear and disbelief of kidney patients across the state who have been exposed to the potentially fatal risks connected to the use of dialysis product GranuFlo. As experienced Maine drug injury lawyers with nearly 30 years of combined experience, we know the extreme hardships our clients face when met with increased medical complications, doctors’ visits, expenses, and even loss of a loved one. We know the best way to help our clients is to work tirelessly until they receive the compensation they deserve.
If you believe you have lost a family member to cardiac arrest from GranuFlo used during dialysis, contact the dedicated Maine product liability lawyers at Briggs & Wholey today. We will use every legal measure available to hold all potential defendants accountable for their actions, and fight to recover the wrongful death damages you may be entitled to.Patients Administered GranuFlo Had An Increased Risk of Cardiac Arrest
Dialysis clears toxic waste from the blood when kidneys fail to function as they should. To help clear the toxins, a substance called acetate is used as part of the process to cleanse the blood. Acetate given in dialysis produces bicarbonate, one of four important electrolytes that we all have circulating in our blood. Just like our bodies have norms for temperature and blood pressure, our bodies have norms for electrolytes, including bicarbonate. If too much bicarbonate is circulating in the blood it can result in cardiac arrest. The use of the product GranuFlo in dialysis patients resulted in increased levels of bicarbonate, putting dialysis patients at increased risk of cardiac arrest. It is believed that the overexposure to bicarbonate increased the occurrence of cardiac arrest among dialysis patients.
GranuFlo is made by Fresenius Medical Care, which also operates a large percentage of the thousands of dialysis facilities in Maine and across the United States. When Fresenius recognized an increase in dialysis patients dying from cardiac arrest in its dialysis centers it notified doctors who worked at their own dialysis centers, but did not simultaneously send out any warning to the general public or to doctors and medical centers who used the product in non-Fresenius dialysis centers that were also using GranuFlo. Later, the Food and Drug Administration learned of the increased risk of cardiac arrest to dialysis patients being administered GranuFlo, and issued a Class 1 recall.
Product liability cases differ from personal injury suits in that manufacturers can be held strictly liable for any harm caused through a failure to provide adequate directions or clear labels warning consumers of the danger. Consumers of the defective product only have to show that there was a defect and the defect caused the injury. Lost income, pain and suffering, and medical expenses are all costs that can potentially be recovered through a product liability suit. A lawsuit for wrongful death is a way to recover for the loss of a loved family member whose death was caused by a defective product. Time limits for filing such a claim may be very limited. Determining when the time limit for filing a GranuFlo lawsuit expires in your particular case may require specialized legal analysis.Dedicated to Helping You Protect Your Rights
If you believe your loved one died as a result of a cardiac arrest while being administered GranuFlo during dialysis, or shortly thereafter, contact the Maine product liability attorneys at Briggs & Wholey today. As long-established practitioners of Maine injury law, we have successfully recovered substantial verdicts and settlements for clients injured by products. Alison Wholey Briggs understands that your case is unique and significant to you, and will treat you with the respect and dignity you deserve. For a free, confidential consultation, call our office at (888) 596-1099 or contact us online.