GranuFlo is a dialysate used during kidney dialysis to clean the blood and restore electrolyte balance. Unlike other dialysates on the market, however, GranuFlo contains a high amount of compounds that turn to bicarbonate in the bloodstream. Patients who receive too much bicarbonate may suffer cardiac arrest, which can be damaging or even fatal.
If you’ve been injured by a cardiac arrest related to GranuFlo use or you’ve lost a loved one to cardiac arrest during dialysis, you’re not alone. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warnings about the risks of GranuFlo use and, in early 2013, the agency began an investigation of GranuFlo’s manufacturer, Fresenius Medical Care, for its failure to warn patients of the risks of heart damage associated with GranuFlo use. To learn more about your legal rights, including the right to compensation after a GranuFlo-related injury, contact the Jacksonville Florida drug injury attorneys at Farah & Farah.
Types of Compensation
After a GranuFlo-related injury, you may be entitled to money damages to compensate you not only for financial losses related to the injury, but also for mental and emotional pain and suffering. Families who lose a loved one to a GranuFlo-related injury may also seek compensation for lost financial and emotional support.
Compensation for injuries caused by GranuFlo or similar products includes compensation for:
- medical bills, including emergency care, surgery, hospital stays, follow-up care, and prescription medication;
- lost wages or other earnings, including the value of lost benefits like pensions;
- disabilities or disfigurements;
- loss of capacity to enjoy life; and
- pain and suffering.
Those who lose a family member to a fatal cardiac event related to GranuFlo use can seek compensation for the losses listed above, as well as compensation for losses like:
- funeral and burial expenses;
- lost financial support, including the value of future support lost at the family member’s death; and
- lost value of services, emotional support, care, and guidance.
Damages in Florida are typically separated in two categories: economic and non-economic damages. In cases involving gross negligence or deliberate misconduct, punitive damages may also be available.
“Economic” damages are damages that can be specifically calculated based on evidence like receipts, bills, and other information. Medical bills are a well-known type of economic damage that appears in nearly all personal injury cases. The value of lost wages and benefits is often an economic damages calculation as well.
“Non-economic” damages are those that can’t be calculated based on bills or receipts. They include damages for pain and suffering and, in wrongful death cases, the lost value of a loved one’s emotional support, care, companionship, and guidance. Florida jury instructions only require that these amounts be “fair and just in light of the evidence.”
Jacksonville GranuFlo Injury Compensation Lawyers Providing Help
If you or someone you love has been injured by GranuFlo use during dialysis, please don’t hesitate to contact the Jacksonville injury lawyers at Farah & Farah. We can help you understand what types and amounts of compensation are likely available in your case, and we can help you make the best decision for yourself and your family. For a free consultation, contact our Jacksonville GranuFlo injury compensation attorneys at 855-797-9899 today.