Girard Gibbs LLP Partner Appointed to Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for Consolidated Pradaxa Product Liability Lawsuits

Ms. A. J. De Bartolomeo, a partner at Girard Gibbs LLP, was appointed by a Federal Judge to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the consolidated Pradaxa product liability litigation

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The law firm of Girard Gibbs LLP is pleased to announce that Ms. A.J. De Bartolomeo, a partner with Girard Gibbs LLP, has been appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the prosecution of over 100 Pradaxa personal injury and product liability lawsuits. The Pradaxa lawsuits are coordinated in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois (East St. Louis).

On September 27, 2012, Chief Judge David R. Herndon appointed Ms. De Bartolomeo to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, which is responsible for conducting and coordinating the pretrial proceedings and speaking on behalf of all plaintiffs in the Pradaxa lawsuits.

“The Pradaxa litigation raises critical health issues because of the seriousness of the personal injuries and in some cases deaths, suffered by so many individuals,” said Ms. De Bartolomeo. “It is an honor to serve as part of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, and to act as an advocate for those individuals injured by the blood-thinner drug Pradaxa.”

Pradaxa is an anticoagulant that is used to prevent clotting and strokes in people with atrial fibrillation. In 2010, when Pradaxa was first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the drug’s manufacturer Boehringer Ingelheim projected that Pradaxa would provide better results than warfarin. However, after Pradaxa had been released to market, patients started reporting incidences of internal bleeding, brain hemorrhages and other uncontrollable bleeding complications after minor falls or other small injuries. Unlike warfarin, no good antidote has been identified to help stop internal bleeding in patients taking Pradaxa. As a result, many individuals may have suffered unnecessary bleeding injuries while on Pradaxa or shortly after taking this drug.

More than 100 lawsuits have been filed in federal courts in the United States by individuals who have suffered serious complications, injuries and death as a result of having taking Pradaxa and experiencing internal hemorrhaging. Some of the signs that might indicate a possible Pradaxa injury include coughing up blood, blood in stool or urine, recurring nosebleeds, abnormally heavy menstruation, swelling or vomit that appears pink or looks like coffee grounds.

For more information, please contact Girard Gibbs LLP, visit our Pradaxa Lawyers Website, or call 866-981-4800. Girard Gibbs LLP is one of the nation’s leading complex litigation law firms, representing clients in personal injury mass torts, employment lawsuits and securities and consumer class actions.

Girard Gibbs LLP
LINDSEY QUALMAN, 415-981-4800

Source: Girard Gibbs LLP