Colon removed due to drug?

by Gordon
(Barnwell, SC, USA)

I was admitted to a hospital by ambulance at the emergency request of my cardiologist. I was admitted for work-up and was diagnosed as having Arterial Fibula ion as a result of being on the medication Pradaxa.

After a short period of time, I began to bleed from my rectum of course which called for another stint in the hospital. It was decided by the cardiologist that I should continue with the Pradaxa, and as a result I continued to bleed profusely from the rectum.

I was again emergency-admitted to the hospital, was given a blood transfusion, and even had surgery preformed. The surgeon had to remove the greater part of my colon.

It has been 3 years since the procedure, and I now suffer from frequency of bowel movement and pain to the lower left quadrant. The doctors did say it would take some time to recover. Further details and specifics are available from my Medical Records.

What can I do? Do I have a drug lawsuit against the pharmaceutical company? Is my cardiologist responsible for continuing to prescribe it to me? I'll have to deal with the effects of this the rest of my life. Thank you.

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ANSWER for "Colon removed due to drug?":

Gordon (Barnwell, SC, USA):

South Carolina's statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims is three (3) years from the date of injury, or three (3) years from the date the injury was discovered, or should reasonably have been discovered. Moreover, if the victim relies on the date the malpractice was discovered, the limitations period extends to up to six (6) years from the date of injury.

In your case, the statute of limitations should be three (3) years from the date of injury, but it is also arguable if you discovered the injury after three (3) years the statute may be "tolled." To toll the statute of limitations means to extend it.

You may also have a product liability case against the pharmaceutical company. Like the medical malpractice time period, the statute of limitations for product liability claims is three (3) years.

Medical malpractice claims should never be handled by the victim. Malpractice claims are complex and hard fought by insurance companies. In most cases, a lawsuit has to be filed, depositions taken, interrogatories answered, pretrial court hearings set, and more.

The same holds for product liability claims. They are also very complex, and can often go on for years without resolution.

There are often class actions lawsuits filed for product liability. There may be one you can "opt-in" to. To opt-in means you will register as one of many victims of the defective drug. As such, you will be represented by one or more law firms. Moreover, you won't have to pay any legal fees unless, and until the attorney settles your claim, or wins it at trial.

There are several websites dedicated to class actions suits.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from an attorney licensed in your state. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here, or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Judge Calisi

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