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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47 Comments

47 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

  25. roxanne February 9, 2016 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    My husband passed away suddenly while on a dialysis machine.. It has been a very difficult time moving on without him..I always did believe they did something to him.. It happened to suddenly..

  26. Shayne February 18, 2016 at 5:44 am - Reply

    My father died in 2008.Every time he would go thru his Dialysis treatments I would call and ask the hospital how he was doing and they would tell me he was put into a drug induced coma do to heart arythmias they said for some reason it was causing him a lot of pain so they drugged him.He died after a couple of treatments.He never had heart problems before.They told us he had a massive heart attack that led to a massive stroke.Im exhausted mentally and financially tring to get representation.Im his son he has a surviving wife who is now incapacitated due to our loss of him.I cant obtain the medical records only she can.I don’t even think that shes aware of a law suit.She wont speek to me at all or her 11 year old grandchild it just is too painful for her.Our family has been Ripped apart by this tradgedy.

  27. Helen February 25, 2016 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    My husband’s heart stopped beating right after being unhooked from dialysis. I got a call saying he died within 10 minutes of being taken off the machine, and they said they don’t know what happened. How am I ever going to be at peace not knowing what happened or why.

  28. Candace February 29, 2016 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    My mother also died because of this

  29. Timothy March 1, 2016 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    My mom was on dialysis for sometime in her health gradually went down and she was put on the new kidney last and when she got to the top of the list they told her that they could not do the kidney transplant because her heart was too weak later she had a series of strokes then she died from a heart attack at the hospital and she was on this medicine

  30. Shan March 2, 2016 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    Its so sad seeing these post,. They are all so very similar. As I posted above, my dear mother passed away in 2008 while hooked up to the dialysis machine. I miss her every day. This upcoming settlement will bring closure to my family as the company will finally acknowledge fault. With the recent updates online I was wondering if anyone here has received anything in the mail about an offer with a deadline to reply by July 2016?. I saw where the case is supposed to settle for $250M and divided by tiers,. Can anyone shed light on this? Our attorney only said we will be getting letters in the mail within the next few weeks/months.

  31. miriam March 5, 2016 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    My Mom, died July 2004, she was a dialysis patient for 2 years; she was on the machine when she passed. The ironic thing about it is; they would bottom her out from time time. “Bottom out” is when they would take her off the machine too fast. Scary to say the least. She hated the process but understood it would keep her alive or did it. they become a shell of themselves, not wanting to do anything after the treatment; then on to the next which didn’t give them a quality of life.I Miss Her so Much!

  32. Latrese March 10, 2016 at 4:36 pm - Reply

    My mother passed away also due to these horrible drugs she was given at dialysis since 2003 to 2010. My heart and prayers goes out to all of you bc their life was priceless. I’m just trying to understand how 250k will be divided amongst 18,000 families. That makes no sense to me. Somebody please help me understand this and how they came up with the figures. It’s hard I really miss my mother!.

  33. Martha March 12, 2016 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    I was told that I wasn’t going to get a settlement my husband pass April 2012 the dialysis center that he was attending didn’t have the Granuflo I was very disgusted with that.

  34. Belinda March 17, 2016 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    My dad died June 2008 24 hours after a dialysis treatment in a clinic that used Granuflo. He never suffered a stroke or heart attack but died from sudden cardiac arrest.

  35. belinda March 17, 2016 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    My dad also died from dialysis. I received the same news about the settlement as noted above.

  36. Eric March 20, 2016 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    My wife passed away in January of 2012 2 hours after dialysis. When I found out that the drug granuflo was used in her dialysis and then recalled 2 months later I immediately contacted a lawyer to find out what I can do, they told me that there was a lawsuit against the manufacturer of granuflo and I added my name to the list.

  37. Marilyn March 21, 2016 at 6:55 am - Reply

    It is not final yet. I do not think the lawyers are going to accept this offer.If they do they sold out.I think it will go to a jury trial.Keep the faith.

  38. Stacy March 23, 2016 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    My mom passed due to this…

  39. Crescena March 25, 2016 at 12:21 am - Reply

    Replying to your comment, the money is not going to divide between each family so everyone is not going to be the same.

  40. Keith April 4, 2016 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    Me and three of my siblings lost our mother (mommy) to these same causes,my mom was on dialysis due to failing kidneys in 2009,when we became aware that she needed a transplant the children immediately asked her health care providers to test us for donation consideration. My youngest brother was a perfect match,prior to the actual transplant surgery our mother’s health became worse passing out in public numerous times heart attacks, she was finally given the OK by her doctors to undergo the surgery.my brother went under the knife to help our mother live longer his efforts and love as a son for his mother was thwarted by these same poisonous drugs that the frensinuis clinics used and sold to other clinics,and kept secret that they were harmful and deadly to many patients that underwent these torturous treatments only to be subjected to strokes,comas,massive heart attacks, in our families case all of the aformentioned culminating to our mothers death in 2014.we are represented by a law firm in Alabama which keeps us informed of any and all proceedings in and out of court,the initial settlement offer is an insult to the sufferers and families of this unexcusable act of greed by the distributers of that poison which caused our family and countless others to have their loved one harmed or killed because of their greed for money. The 250,000,000 settlement offer is contingent on a 97 percent acceptance of the plantiffs of the multi-district litigation that is before the federal court in Boston Massachusetts…our lawyers have informed us via -email that the full settlement offer is not yet detailed, they will not accept any offer on our behalf unless we approve it,the 97-percent agreement of the parties has to be reached by july.the responsible company /companies should no longer be able to practice such business ever again, they have taken advantage of the trust of too many citizens of our society and should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.

  41. Keith April 4, 2016 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    Me and three of my siblings lost our mother (mommy) to these same causes,my mom was on dialysis due to failing kidneys in 2009,when we became aware that she needed a transplant the children immediately asked her health care providers to test us for donation consideration. My youngest brother was a perfect match,prior to the actual transplant surgery our mother’s health became worse passing out in public numerous times heart attacks, she was finally given the OK by her doctors to undergo the surgery.my brother went under the knife to help our mother live longer his efforts and love as a son for his mother was thwarted by these same poisonous drugs that the frensinuis clinics used and sold to other clinics,and kept secret that they were harmful and deadly to many patients that underwent these torturous treatments only to be subjected to strokes,comas,massive heart attacks, in our families case all of the aformentioned culminating to our mothers death in 2014.we are represented by a law firm in Alabama which keeps us informed of any and all proceedings in and out of court,the initial settlement offer is an insult to the sufferers and families of this unexcusable act of greed by the distributers of that poison which caused our family and countless others to have their loved one harmed or killed because of their greed for money. The 250,000,000 settlement offer is contingent on a 97 percent acceptance of the plantiffs of the multi-district litigation that is before the federal court in Boston Massachusetts…our lawyers have informed us via -email that the full settlement offer is not yet detailed, they will not accept any offer on our behalf unless we approve it,the 97-percent agreement of the parties has to be reached by july.the responsible company /companies should no longer be able to practice such business ever again, they have taken advantage of the trust of too many citizens of our society and should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.

  42. Shan April 6, 2016 at 9:56 pm - Reply

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    We received the letter about the 97% a few days ago. We have decided to Agree (Opt In) to the settlement agreement. I only pray 97% or more Agree also so this can be all behind us. We’ve been going through this since 2008. Ready for closure.

  43. Josephine April 10, 2016 at 6:06 am - Reply

    when my mom was diagnosed I cried uncontrollably
    The doctor didn’t understand why I was so upset n
    It was because I did not know much about the disease
    The Doctor assure me that with dialysis my mom will live longer but my mom didn’t last 2 years January
    2012 my mom passed had a cardiac arrest after20hrs
    Of the machine … I still want my mom!!!! I miss my mom every passing day these people took everything I had from me …. I had never understand my mom’s death I thought I was staying on top of all her medication n her diet I kept asking God WHY not knowing its some negligence of some people I thank God this is out of the market.

  44. Charles April 11, 2016 at 12:59 am - Reply

    My dad die 3 hours after treatment. They should pay dearly.good luck to all and I’m sorry for your loss.

  45. Charles April 11, 2016 at 12:59 am - Reply

    My dad die 3 hours after treatment. They should pay dearly.good luck to all and I’m sorry for your loss.

  46. Kevin April 20, 2016 at 10:02 am - Reply

    My brother had a fatal heart attack while receiving dialysis they should pay a lot and they have never said anything about being sorry for what they did/ taking my only sibling away from me.

  47. Johnny April 27, 2016 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    They killed my mother and they have to pay big

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