October 26, 2018
The Weitz Firm, LLC

‘My Doctor Did Not Warn What Foods To Avoid While On Blood Thinners, Can I File A Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?’

Blood thinners have been prescribed by doctors for decades to treat a wide variety of medical conditions. While blood thinners are used in Pennsylvania and all across the U.S. to save lives, they can also pose threat to the patient’s health and life if not administered properly.

One of the most obvious indications that blood thinners are dangerous is that patients file thousands of medical malpractice lawsuits against their doctors claiming that improper use of blood thinners caused them harm.

While blood thinners do not seem like a big deal, blood thinner injuries are actually quite common. If you believe that your injury was caused or worsened by improper administration of blood thinners under the supervision of your physician, do not hesitate to talk to a Philadelphia blood thinners malpractice attorney from The Weitz Firm, LLC.

How a doctor is liable for blood thinner injuries

One of the most common causes of blood thinner injuries and complications is doctors failing to inform their patients that certain foods, supplements, and vitamins may thin their blood even more, which can even lead to a fatal outcome for patients on blood thinners.

Under Pennsylvania law, doctors have an obligation to warn their patients that certain foods, supplements, and vitamins should be avoided or reduced to an absolute minimum if they are taking blood thinners. Failure to do so amounts to negligence and entitles the patient to sue the negligent doctor for medical malpractice.

“In addition to that, doctors also have an obligation to monitor your Prothrombin Time (PT), Partial Thromboplastin Time (PTT), bleeding time, and clotting time throughout the treatment,” says our experienced blood thinners malpractice attorney in Philadelphia.

But your doctor’s liability does not end there. Doctors, pharmacists, and other healthcare providers also have a duty to file and label prescriptions correctly, and blood thinners are no exception. But your doctor may not be the only party who can be held liable for your blood thinner injuries. Drug manufacturers often fail to adequately label blood thinners.

What foods to avoid while on blood-thinning medication

Since certain foods, vitamins, and supplements can thin your blood on their own, consuming these foods, vitamins, and supplements while on blood thinners can lead to complications and even death. A patient can receive a highly toxic dose of a blood thinner is he or she continues to eat certain foods while on blood thinners.

Therefore, doctors have an obligation to warn their patients that certain foods, vitamins, and supplements must be avoided throughout the treatment. Products to avoid while on blood-thinning medication include:

  • Cranberry juice
  • Green tea
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Collard greens
  • Mustard greens
  • Wild Lettuce
  • Parsley
  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus
  • Chard
  • Alcohol
  • Capsicum
  • Clove
  • Fish Oil
  • Chamomile
  • Vitamin E
  • Celery
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Wild Carrot
  • And many more

Only your doctor, who prescribed blood thinners, knows what foods, herbs, supplements, and vitamins must be avoided with your particular condition and in your particular situation. Therefore, if your doctor failed to inform you what foods must be avoided while on blood thinners, you may have a right to sue him or her for medical malpractice.

Consult with our Philadelphia blood thinners malpractice attorney to find out more. Get a free consultation by contacting The Weitz Firm, LLC. Call at 267-587-6240.

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