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Kidney Failure Lawsuits

Posted in on September 14, 2021

If you have suffered kidney failure after taking a drug such as Nexium, Prilosec, Lisinopril or Ibuprofen, you may deserve financial compensation through a lawsuit. These medications may contain harmful substances that damage the kidneys and even cause cancer. Lawsuits continue in 2021 to provide monetary compensation for victims who have suffered from medical complications or death.

Here’s everything you need to know about kidney failure lawsuits from our Colorado personal injury attorneys.

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Nexium Kidney Failure Lawsuits

Nexium contains a substance called ranitidine that, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)1, may cause kidney cancer and damage. Although it is intended to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), blood pressure and smoking addiction, early batches of Nexium contained a substance called N-nitroso dimethylamine (NDMA)2, which may be harmful. Recalls for Nexium began in 2020 after testing showed dangerous levels of these substances in some samples.

Nexium Lawsuit Updates – 2021

Nexium lawsuits continue in the year 2021. There has been no resolution that applies to all claims. Individuals who have suffered harm from ingredients used in early manufacturing may continue to bring claims. Although Nexium is still available on store shelves, the chemical components have been modified to remove dangerous substances.

What Is the Basis for a Nexium Lawsuit?

Medical malpractice and defective product liability may be the basis for a Nexium lawsuit. A doctor may have prescribed the drug Nexium despite warning signs or based on a lack of adequate skill and training. In addition, the drug manufacturer may have failed to appropriately test and safeguard the integrity of the drug to prevent a dangerous product from reaching the market.

What Qualifies You for the Nexium Lawsuit?

You may qualify for the Nexium lawsuit if you suffer from kidney failure or cancer after taking the drug. If you took early versions of the drug that contained harmful drugs like ranitidine or N-nitroso dimethylamine (NDMA), you may qualify to receive financial compensation through a Nexium lawsuit.

Prilosec Kidney Failure Lawsuits

Prilosec kidney failure lawsuits continue to provide an avenue for individuals to claim compensation if they are hurt by taking the drug commonly called omeprazole3. The proton pump inhibitor medication treats conditions like heartburn and stomach acid. Doctors may be responsible for overprescribing and overuse of the medications, which should not be used for intermittent or infrequent symptoms.

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Prilosec Lawsuit Updates – 2021

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not recalled Prilosec or omeprazole. However, a study by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)4 found that individuals taking omeprazole had a 20-50% greater chance of developing a kidney issue than other individuals. If you have been hurt by taking Prilosec, you may claim compensation on the basis that it was inappropriate to prescribe you the drug given the circumstances in your case.

Lisinopril Kidney Failure Lawsuits

Lisinopril is an angiotensin-converting enzyme or ACE inhibitor. It is used to treat high blood pressure, heart failure, and patients who have suffered from a heart attack. Side effects of the drug Lisinopril can cause kidney failure and liver damage. Lisinopril may also be called Prinivil or Zestril.

Lisinopril Lawsuit Updates – 2021

Individuals who suffer from unexpected damage after taking Lisinopril may explore bringing a claim for medical malpractice. The claim may be based on an individual taking the drug when medical care providers should have known it was not in their best interests. The doctor may not have adequately considered a patient’s medical history. In addition, they may have prescribed the wrong dosage or failed to appropriately monitor the patient while taking the drug.

Ibuprofen Kidney Failure Lawsuits

Ibuprofen kidney failure lawsuits may allow victims to claim financial compensation. Some allege that the use of ibuprofen causes kidney failure that requires transplants and results in pain and suffering. Scientists say that long-term use of the drugs can result in preventable health problems, including kidney issues. The drug may reduce blood flow to the kidneys and exacerbate issues in those already at risk.

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Ibuprofen Lawsuit Updates – 2021

There have been recalls of ibuprofen products5 in the last several years. One recall involved an infant formula of the drug-containing higher amounts of active ingredients than intended. Individuals taking the drug must be wary of the portion used, the duration of use, and particular risk factors that may make the individual more likely to suffer adverse effects from using the drug.

Even though ibuprofen is generally available over the counter, a lawsuit may still be possible for an individual who has suffered from adverse effects of using the drug. The suit may claim that drug manufacturers failed to provide adequate instructions and warnings for users. In addition, a doctor may have improperly recommended the use of the drug without fully taking the patient’s medical history into account or providing them with adequate instruction for use and monitoring symptoms.

What Laws Apply to Kidney Failure Lawsuits?

Medical Malpractice Laws

In Colorado, a lawsuit for kidney failure is based on the standard of reasonable medical care. The case is a medical malpractice claim based on negligence. The standard is whether the treating medical professionals used the duty of care that a reasonable, ordinary person would use in the same situation.

Doctors aren’t expected to be perfect. They also aren’t expected to prevent any and all adverse outcomes. But when you have harm because of inadequate medical care, you have grounds for a lawsuit for kidney failure.

Defective Product and Defective Drug Laws

You may have grounds for a lawsuit based on the legal theory of defective products, which includes recalled and defective drugs. You can show that the medicine you took is unreasonably dangerous. Perhaps the drug manufacturer didn’t properly test the medicine before releasing it to patients. Maybe they didn’t respond appropriately when warning signs arose from other patients.

Manufacturers also have a legal obligation to give consumers the information that they need to use their products safely. All product manufacturers have the legal obligation to sell only safe products. When they don’t, you may have grounds for a lawsuit based on a defective product.

What Is a Kidney Failure Lawsuit Worth?

A kidney failure lawsuit is worth the damages suffered by the victim based on the laws that apply to the case. The victim may claim the cost of additional medical care, including doctor’s visits, transplants, surgery and medication. They may claim pain and suffering, lost wages, and a change in lifestyle that accompanies their suffering.

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Colorado Attorneys for Kidney Failure Lawsuits

Have you suffered from kidney failure after taking medication? Contact our experienced Colorado injury attorneys to talk about your case. Your no-obligation consultation is always free and confidential.

Sources:

1 U.S. Food & Drug Administration. (1 April 2020). FDA Requests Removal of All Ranitidine Products (Zantac) from the Market. Retrieved 14 September 2021 from https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-requests-removal-all-ranitidine-products-zantac-market

2 National Library of Medicine (NIH). Compound Summary N-Nitrosodimethylamine. Retrieved 14 September 2021 from https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/N-Nitrosodimethylamine

3 Edwards, Erika. (9 January 2020). FDA announces more recalls of antacids containing traces of carcinogen. NBC News. Retrieved 14 September 2021 from https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/fda-announces-more-recalls-antacids-containing-traces-carcinogen-n1113196

4 Lazarus B, Chen Y, Wilson FP, et al. (February 2016). Proton Pump Inhibitor Use and the Risk of Chronic Kidney Disease. JAMA Intern Med. Retrieved 14 September 2021 from https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/2481157

5ABC News. (31 December 2019). CVS, Walmart expand recall of infants’ ibuprofen.  Retrieved 14 September 2021 from https://abc11.com/ibuprofen-recall-drug-infant-safe/5801969/

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