Product liability claims exist to help victims who have suffered harm through use of a product. Many Americans take anticoagulant drugs for a variety of reasons ranging from the installation of an artificial heart valve to heart attacks. An urgent product recall was recently announced for blood thinner testing and monitoring devices many Americans use. Consumers who take warfarin (Coumadin) or are being given heparin injections are urged to check the brand of their test strips and monitoring system. Those who are monitoring blood viscosity at home are urged to check the brand of their home anticoagulant monitoring device.
According to the company responsible for the monitoring devices, which has issued the voluntary recall, patients are at risk for spontaneous bleeding. This is because the readings produced by the strips are significantly lower than when tested by a central laboratory. The strips are reading between 3.1 and 12.2 units lower than clinical laboratory readings when testing within an hour to a day of one another. Reports of nine adverse events have been received; three of those were deaths associated with bleeding.
When a party has been harmed by a defective product, retailers, wholesalers, distributors, sourcing companies, manufacturers and suppliers may all be liable to compensate the victim for the harm. Defective products claims can include wrongful death, personal injury and products liability class action litigation. Victims of dangerous products, such as a dangerous medical device, can receive compensation, including medical expenses, funeral expenses and pain and suffering damages, as well as other types of damages depending on the circumstances and characteristics of the victims.
Victims of a defective product may unexpectedly confront physical, emotional and financial challenges as a result. Because of this, the legal process offers options to protect consumers when harmed.