When someone unexpectedly loses a loved one, they almost always need emotional support to work through what can be a very difficult time. Losing a loved one is difficult enough, but when the unexpected loss is caused by another’s negligence, the family may not only need emotional support but also legal support. When someone else’s lack of care causes a death, the family and loved ones of the deceased may be able to recover compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit.
An Ohio woman is suing the manufacturer of a prescription drug called Pradaxa for the wrongful death of her husband. Pradaxa is a blood thinner that is administered to patients that are experiencing atrial fibrillation to prevent them from experiencing a stroke. The woman’s husband started taking the medication in June 2011. In February 2012, he experienced severe internal bleeding and was admitted to the hospital, where he later died from the bleeding.
The woman is claiming that her husband was the victim of a wrongful death because the manufacturer knew of the drug’s potential to cause internal bleeding, that there was no antidote for it and that they did not properly warn patients of the risks.
After experiencing the sudden death of a loved one, seeking out information about legal options may be the last thing on the family’s mind. However, recovering compensation from a wrongful death lawsuit can help immensely in the wake of the financial obligations that arise after a death. The family may find themselves facing medical bills, death expenses, lost wages and other expenses. Although a successful wrongful death lawsuit will not bring back a loved one, it will help the survivors work through the tough financial situation that this type of situation will likely put them in.
Source: Injury Lawyer News, “Pradaxa Lawsuit Alleges Wrongful Death and Inadequate Warning Label,” Perry Larkin, Nov. 9, 2012