These medications save lives, there is no doubt about that. Anticoagulants, or blood thinners, help people with so many different conditions.

But they can also cause harm, especially if they are not properly prescribed or given by healthcare professionals. In the case of negligence by medical personnel, you need to know where to turn.

At The Weitz Firm, LLC, we know that doctors and nurses do their best to take care of us, but we also know that there are times when they make preventable mistakes. If that happens when blood thinners are involved, the outcomes can be devastating. If you need a Drexel Hill blood thinner malpractice attorney, you can turn to us to help get the compensation you deserve.

The Facts

Blood thinner is powerful medications used for various reasons. Around 2 to 3 million people in this country are on blood thinners. Many people take them to prevent a heart attack or stroke (often after they have already had one). Others take them for certain heart diseases, lupus, or deep vein thrombosis.

Think about some of these common medications:

  • Aspirin
  • Clopidogrel (Plavix)
  • Dipyridamole (Persantine)
  • Ticlopidine (Ticlid)
  • Warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven)
  • Enoxaparin (Lovenox)
  • Heparin
  • Dabigatran (Pradaxa)
  • Apixaban (Elquis)
  • Rivaroxaban (Xarelto)

All of these are commonly prescribed blood thinners.

But there are risks, with the main concern being excessive bleeding that occurs because your blood loses its ability to clot easily. If you are injured, the bleeding may not stop right away. While this is usually an inconvenience (shaving accidents), it can become a serious problem in a vehicle accident or other trauma.

Doctors need to let patients know all of the risks they could encounter when they take blood thinners. A failure to notify patients of these risks is negligent.

Doctors should also not prescribe blood thinners to low-risk patients. Studies have found that as many as one-quarter of people with atrial fibrillation who have a low risk of stroke are given blood thinners that they do not need.

Doctors need to prescribe the correct amount of blood thinner medications and they should always take into account other medications a patient is on. Some medications, when taken in conjunction with blood thinners, have deadly effects.

Medical mistakes are deadly and a major contributor to medical mistakes revolves around medication errors. These errors are mostly preventable.

What You Can Do Now

If you suspect the negligence of a doctor or nurse has contributed to harm from your blood thinner medication, we advise you to seek legal assistance. Medical malpractice cases can be difficult to prove, but that does not mean you have no case. It just means you need good legal representation. At The Weitz Firm, LLC, our knowledgeable and experienced team will take your case and go full force to have your back. When you need a medical malpractice lawyer in Drexel Hill, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 267-587-6240. We will get the compensation you deserve so you can begin to move forward.

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