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Dialysis Injury Lawsuit

Dialysis Injury Lawsuit

In June 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Class 1 recall of GranuFlo and Naturalyte. These dialysis treatment products were recalled after being linked to hundreds of dialysis injuries, cardiac arrests, and deaths. The FDA is also investigating the manufacturer, Fresenius Medical Care, for allegedly failing to warn about life-threatening side effects.

What You Can Do & How a Dialysis Injury Lawsuit Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting dialysis induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured by GranuFlo or Naturalyte, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

Lawyer Michael Schmidt of The Schmidt Firm, PLLC Elected to Plaintiff’s Steering Committee for Granuflo and Naturalyte Injury Claims in All 50 States

Michael E. Schmidt, Managing Partner of Schmidt & Clark, LLP and The Schmidt Firm, PLLC, was recently elected to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the Judicial Council Coordination Proceeding No. 4749 in Los Angeles Superior Court. The coordination proceeding applies to Granuflo and Naturalyte injury claims nationwide.  This appointment establishes Mr. Schmidt in a leadership position in the litigation along with rest of the JCCP leadership panel.

A nationwide recall was issued for NaturaLyte and GranuFlo on March 29, 2012.  Use of Fresenius Medical Care’s popular dialysis treatment products GranuFlo and NaturaLyte has been linked to a six-fold increased risk of cardiopulmonary arrest and sudden cardiac death.

What are GranuFlo and Naturalyte?

Fresenius Medical Care provides dialysis treatment for the majority of Americans with end-stage kidney failure. They operate more than 1,800 clinics and manufacture dialysis treatment products such as GranuFlo Dry Acid Concentrate and Naturalyte Liquid Acid Concentrate.

GranuFlo and Naturalyte are used in the dialysate solution, which is added to the blood of hemodialysis patients to balance the pH. The products are combined with bicarbonate. Unfortunately, certain substances in GranuFlo and Naturalyte are converted to bicarbonate, which can potentially cause a bicarbonate overdose, metabolic alkalosis, cardiac arrest, and death.

What’s the problem?

Fresenius began investigating the risk of sudden cardiac arrest and death after 941 patients died at their clinics in 2010. In November 2011, they sent an internal memo to their own doctors to warn that cardiac arrests were 6 to 8 times more likely in patients with bicarbonate overdoses, which could be caused by improper doses of GranuFlo or Naturalyte.

Unfortunately, Fresenius only sent the memo to their own doctors. The FDA only received the memo after an anonymous source leaked it sometime in 2012. The FDA is currently investigating whether Fresenius wrongfully withheld risk information.

GranuFlo and Naturalyte Recall

Fresenius published an Urgent Product Notification in March 2012, which warned all doctors using GranuFlo or Naturalyte (including non-Fresenius doctors) about the increased risk of cardiac arrest and death. In June 2012, the FDA issued a Class 1 recall of GranuFlo and Nauralyte.

GranuFlo and Naturalyte were marketed and sold from January 2008 until June 2012.

Dialysis Injury Lawyers

The dialysis injury lawyers at The Schmidt Firm, PLLC are currently offering free case consultations to anyone who believes that their dialysis injury may have occurred due to an improper dose of GranuFlo or Naturalyte.

If you decide to file a lawsuit against Fresenius medical care, you will join dozens of other individuals and families who are seeking justice for their dialysis injuries. You could potentially receive compensation for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, permanent injuries, and more.

Dialysis Side Effects

GranuFlo and Naturalyte have been associated with the following severe dialysis side effects:

  • Bicarbonate overdose
  • Metabolic alkalosis
  • Cardiac arrhythmias
  • Irregular heart rhythm
  • Low blood pressure
  • Hypokalemia
  • Sudden cardiac arrest
  • Stroke
  • Death

Do I have a Dialysis Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting dialysis induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured by GranuFlo or Naturalyte, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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