Injuries Due to Blood Thinners
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Blood thinners are known for being extremely dangerous if used improperly. Unfortunately, many people suffer serious injuries when physicians don't correctly inform them of the risks of the medication, medical professionals administer improper dosage, and manufacturers mislabel the product. To protect your rights and your future health, it is imperative to enlist the help of a skilled Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyer. At The Beasley Firm, our team has years of experience in malpractice cases such as these and holds the record for highest medical malpractice jury verdicts in Pennsylvania history-$100 million and $55 million verdicts.
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Incorrect Use of Blood Thinners
Blood thinner medicines are prescribed to prevent blood clots that can cause heart attacks, strokes, blood clots in the legs, pulmonary emboli or blood clots in the lungs or other areas of the body. Blood thinners such as Coumadin, Warfarin, and Heparin can work very well, as long as they are properly monitored, ordered, packaged, labeled, and administered correctly. If they are not, it can lead to bleeding into the brain, hemorrhage, or even death.
When used incorrectly, blood thinners can result in the following:
- Brain Injury
- Subdural Bleed
- Bleeding Into Brain
- Brain Hemorrhage
- Excessive Bleeding in Body
Many blood thinner-related injuries are due to a pharmacist's error or an error in the manufacturer's labeling. If medication concentration is not clearly marked on the bottle, it could lead to a nurse inadvertently giving a wrong dose of the medication to a patient.
Foods to Avoid While on Blood Thinners
A patient can also receive a highly toxic dose of a blood thinner if they are not warned about foods to avoid while on blood-thinning medication. Many physicians fail to inform their patients that they should avoid certain foods, homeopathic treatments, herbs, vitamins, or supplements that will make their blood even thinner.
Take a look at some foods to avoid while on blood thinners:
- Dark Leafy Greens: Kale, Spinach, Brussel Sprouts, Parsley, Collard Greens, Mustard Greens, Chard, Wild Lettuce & More.
- Herbs & Supplements: Green Tea, Angelica Root, Anise, Arnica Flower, Asafetida, Bog Bean, Boldo, Capsicum, Chamomile, Clove, Fenugreek, Feverfew, Fish Oil, Gingko, Meadowsweet, Ginseng, Passionflower, Poplar, Prickly Ash, Quassia, Red Clover, Turmeric, Vitamin E, Willow Bark & More
- Other: Celery, Garlic, Ginger, Horseradish, Licorice, Onion, Wild Carrot & More
Your doctor has an obligation to not only inform you that certain foods and herbs can thin your blood, but also needs to monitor your bleeding times even more closely, especially if you are a vegetarian.
Who Is Responsible for Blood Thinner Injuries?
Doctors have an obligation to inform you that food, supplements, or vitamins you are taking may thin your blood even more. They also have an obligation to properly monitor your PT, PTT, bleeding time, or clotting time. Pharmacists need to make sure they are filling and labeling your prescription correctly. Drug manufacturers need to make sure they are clearly labeling their blood thinners correctly so there is no confusion over what strength is in a certain vial or bottle. Any mistake on the part of the doctor, pharmacist, manufacturer, or nurse ought to be confronted. With people's lives on the line, blood thinner malpractice must be quickly and decisively addressed.
A Nationally Recognized "Best Law Firm" in Medical Malpractice
Since 1958, the Beasley Firm has been successfully litigating claims such as these with documented results. The Beasley Firm is nationally recognized for awarding over $2 billion for their clients. In addition to our experienced Philadelphia attorneys, we have two physicians and three registered nurses on staff, who have spent numerous hours at the bedside and in doctor's offices administering, monitoring, and treating patients that are on blood thinning medications. Our collective knowledge assisted in obtaining two of the largest medical negligence verdicts in Pennsylvania history, $100 million and $55 million, as well as countless other multimillion dollar judgments and settlements.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of anticoagulation or bleeding, please contact one of our experienced medical malpractice lawyers at (215) 866-2424!