How Long Will It Take To Settle Fresenius Lawsuits Over Granuflo and NaturaLyte Dialysis Treatments?
Thousands of lawsuits are being pursued in courts nationwide on behalf of individuals who suffered a heart attack or cardiac arrest after dialysis treatment where certain Fresenius acid concentrates were used. However, the litigation remains at an early stage, with the first trial dates not expected to begin until early 2016. Therefore, it is likely to still be some time before the first settlements are reached for injuries caused by side effects of GranuFlo or NaturaLyte.
Although Fresenius knew or should have known for years that there is a substantial risk of cardiac arrest, heart attack or death during dialysis where GranuFlo or NaturaLyte were used, the first warnings were not provided to the public until May 2012.
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Free case evaluations are available to help determine if a cardiac arrest, heart attack or death following dialysis may be caused by Granuflo or Naturalyte.
In November 2011, the company issued an internal memo about the risk of problems with GranuFlo and Naturalyte, which convert to bicarbonate at a higher-than-expected level, requiring close monitoring of dialysis patient’s bicarbonate buffer prescriptions to reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems.
While this information was provided to the company’s own clinics, no such warnings were provided to other clinics until March 2012.
The FDA subsequently issued an alert to the medical community in May 2012, and classified Fresenius’ actions as a NaturaLyte and Granuflo recall.
The first Fresenius dialysis lawsuits were filed following these warnings, and the number of cases continues to increase, as more people realize that an injury or death suffered by a loved one during dialysis may have been caused by GranuFlo or Naturalyte.
Although Fresenius has not given any indication that they intend to settle NaturaLyte and GranuFlo lawsuits in the immediate future, our lawyers feel confident that following pretrial proceedings, and maybe after a series of “bellwether” trials, the company will begin to negotiate settlements. Otherwise, the company will face hundreds, and possible thousands, of individual trials in courts throughout the United States.
Amounts of Naturalyte, GranuFlo Settlements
At this stage in the Fresenius dialysis litigation, it is impossible to predict the amount that individuals or families may recovery for their Fresenius injury lawsuit or dialysis treatment wrongful death lawsuit.
Any negotiations to settle Fresenius lawsuits will be based on the individual circumstances of the case and what a jury is likely to award in damages.
If a lawsuit proceeds to trial, a jury will consider the nature of the claimed injury, the severity of the damage and the economic impact of the Fresenius injury. Some of the common factors that a jury may consider include:
- The extent and duration of the injury suffered following use of GranuFlo or NaturaLyte during dialysis treatment;
- The effect that the Fresenius dialysis injury had on the overall physical and mental health or well-being of the plaintiff;
- The pain and mental anguish suffered in the past and which will likely be suffered in the future;
- The amount of any past or future medical expenses caused by the injury or any funeral expenses related to a loved one who passed away due to GranuFlo or Naturalyte;
- Any lost wages or loss of earning capacity.
FIND OUT IF YOU QUALIFY FOR A FRESENIUS SETTLEMENT
The dialysis treatment lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential claims for individuals and families throughout the United States who may be entitled to financial compensation or a settlement for any of the following injuries that may have been caused by GranuFlo or Naturalyte use in recent years:
- Cardiac Arrest
- Heart Attack
- Sudden Death
To review a potential case or determine if you, a friend or family member may be entitled to a Fresenius settlement, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.