Question:

How Long Will It Take To Settle Fresenius Lawsuits Over Granuflo and NaturaLyte Dialysis Treatments?

Answer:

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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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
  • Stroke
  • 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.

Austin Kirk
Last Updated September 15th, 2014
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24 Comments

24 Comments

  1. Angela May 20, 2013 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    I am dialysis patient and have recently developed a heart condition that was not shown on a echo 2 years ago and am wondering if the was a cause of dialysis.

  2. Pete March 24, 2014 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    I am a dialysis patient I have been complaining about my blood pressure dropping very low on the day’s I do dialysis but have not been able to get a straight answer the doctor keeps telling me its a side affect of the phosphorous binder I’m taking but it only happens on the day’s I dialyze is this something I should be concerned about I’m a patient at Fresenius

  3. eric March 29, 2014 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    to the gentleman whos blood pressure is dropping low yes please be concerned sir that happened to my mom and a couple months later she had a massive dialysis heart attack I am not trying to scare you but please be aware.

  4. Art A. July 11, 2014 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    Yes it is true about the low blood pressure during dialysis. My father’s BP was 80 over 50 which left him in a comatose condition very scary it happened more then once.

  5. tomeka March 17, 2015 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    my mom died due to this. and you would think they would try to do something for the family members but I do know that money won’t bring my mom back, but I do think they should pay

  6. Brandon March 28, 2015 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    Mom also died from this and they should pay for this killing people love ones.

  7. shan May 26, 2015 at 10:41 am - Reply

    My mom passed away at dialysis while hooked up to this awful medicine. Nothing will ever bring her back to me and my sisters., This drug need to be taken off the market!

  8. tracy June 11, 2015 at 11:05 am - Reply

    My husband was in the hospital and was told that his kidneys had failed and he needed to be put on dialysis. They put a stint in him and he was given 2 dialysis treatments in 2 days and died less then 24 hours after 2nd dialysis and I was told he died from a heart attack.

  9. Nita July 14, 2015 at 8:14 am - Reply

    Amen to the post regard mom transition. My sisters and I accep God better plan 2009 and understanding she’s not here flesh tone is hurtful!! But God has advised me HE WILL DELIVERER THROUGH THIS WRONGFUL DEATH SUIT. My mommie-I will see her on Glory road; these companies got to pay behind deadly/hurtful substance!!

  10. Demetri August 22, 2015 at 6:01 am - Reply

    My mom died at dialysis from a massive heart attack due to this also. March 28, 2008. It devastated my family.

  11. johnetta September 16, 2015 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    This stuff killed my mom 12 hours after leaving dialysis. She had a massive heart attack on the phone with me. I lost everything on 4/28/2009. No amount of money can bring her back but I do believe people should be compensated for there error.

  12. Danny September 20, 2015 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    2010 my mom had a massive stroke all while on dialysis machine.she died two weeks later.

  13. jglenn September 25, 2015 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    My mother passed due to complications after a 6 hr. treatment where she fainted when she returned home . This resulted in emergency surgery where she died. Fresenius was aware of the affects of this on my mother. We are a military family and my mother was a strong woman . She raise three children while my father was serving this county during multiple tours in Vietnam. She is greatly missed and did not deserve to die this way.

  14. Stande October 28, 2015 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    My Mom died on the dialysis bed during dialysis treatment…heart attack. 10-14-2010 I miss her so…

  15. Linda November 6, 2015 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    My mother passed away within an hour after a treatment; she told her attendant she wasn’t feeling well, by the time he got back with a glass of water, she was in full cardiac arrest. March 2012, the month the FDA finally decided to pull the product off the market.

  16. Ernie November 17, 2015 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    My mother called us that her blood pressure was high during dialysis and that she was being taken to the hospital as a precaution. We arrived minutes later my mother had gone into cardiac arrest. She went into a coma and never came out of it . Prior to her having her heart attack, she had been to her cardiologist and was told her heart was fine. It’s a shame that we lost our mom in 2009 due to the negligence of these dialysis centers using these recalled solutions.

  17. Pam December 2, 2015 at 3:53 am - Reply

    My Mom was started on dialysis in the hospital in 2010. After dialysis she complained of feeling ill. Loose stools, low BP. She died in ICU, cardiac arrest. My life has not been the same since I lost my Mom. She has great grandchildren she should have been able to see. I am appalled they are still using granuflo.

  18. Theresa December 4, 2015 at 12:03 am - Reply

    I lost my 46 year old husband after receiving a dialysis treatment he died a massive heart attack the next day. This horrible stuff left my 13 year old son without a father and I lost the love of my life.

  19. Gary December 13, 2015 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    My father had three heart attacks 1 at dialysis two at the hospital where he was put on a life support system and never recovered because of that awful drug

  20. Christina December 17, 2015 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    My husband passed away in 2008 suddenly the day after his dialysis treatment from a heart attack. He was 38 years young. He had no history of heart problems. My children lost their father and I was left to raise four small girls alone. People need to start asking questions about side effects and complications. Treat the whole person not just the renal disease. My prayers are with each of you that are facing heartache and death art the hands of pharmaceutical companies and negligence.

  21. toni January 6, 2016 at 12:11 am - Reply

    My mom passed away in 2012 ,she was on dialysis for ten years.It hurts because during dialysis she pulled it out of her arm numerous times.Their solution was to bind her to the hospital bed in a comatose state and did the dialysis. My mom died after receiving a final dialysis on the way to a nursing home for recovery. My family has never been the same the last time all five children have been together was her funeral.This company has torn apart my family and our existance.They murdered while profitting off a dangerous drug.They should pay dearly.

  22. Tag January 19, 2016 at 4:54 pm - Reply

    My mom died 12-24-2011 of a heart attack and a stroke while at dialysis. She had no heart issues ever. She started these treatments in June of 2011 and from that point her health went swiftly downhill. She suffered panic attacks and problems breathing during treatments and several times complete memory loss of even being at dialysis. I consider the pharmaceutical company murderers and the medical field guilty of stupidity for not seeing what people were going thru and questioning why.

  23. mary January 26, 2016 at 5:34 am - Reply

    My mom had three heart attacks while on the machine then had a massive heart attack in my living room and died after receiving dialysis treat a couple of hours ago. she was so young only 50.

  24. Joanne January 28, 2016 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    My mam had a massive stroke,3 hours after dyalist,3 moths later doctor stopped dyalist and died 2 weeks later

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