How You Can Receive Compensation for Diabetic Ketoacidosis
By Sandra Dalton, Staff Writer
Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a dangerous and potentially fatal complication of diabetes, in which your blood becomes too acidic. DKA usually affects people with Type 1 diabetes, and is rare in Type 2 diabetes. However, a new class of Type 2 diabetes drugs, including Invokana (canagliflozin), has been linked to the development of DKA. If you or someone you love has suffered DKA while taking Invokana or another Type 2 diabetes drug, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, and more. An experienced product liability attorney can help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Invokana Linked to Ketoacidosis
Invokana use has been linked to the development of DKA, cardiovascular problems, and kidney damage. Invokana was the first in a class of drugs called sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors to receive approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It was approved in March, 2013. Little more than two years later, in May, 2015, the FDA issued a warning that SGLT2 inhibitors may cause ketoacidosis.
The SGLT2 inhibitors listed in the FDA warning are:
- Invokana (canagliflozin)
- Farxiga (dapagliflozin)
- Jardiance (empagliflozin)
Symptoms of Ketoacidosis
Ketoacidosis is a medical emergency. People with diabetes should seek immediate medical attention if they experience symptoms including:
- Difficulty breathing
- Increased heart rate
- Chest pain
- Abdominal pain
- Unusual sleepiness or fatigue
Getting Paid for Your Injuries
Drug companies have certain legal duties regarding the safety of their medications and they are required to warn doctors and consumers of the dangerous side effects their products can cause. When they fail to live up to these duties, they can be held financially responsible for the harm they have caused in a product liability lawsuit for a defective drug or for failure to warn of the dangerous side effects.
DKA can require hospitalization and, in some cases it is fatal. If you have suffered ketoacidosis while taking Invokana or another SGLT2 inhibitor, you may be able to recover compensation for your expenses and losses through a product liability lawsuit. Examples of the type of compensation that you may be entitled to include:
- Medical expenses and future medical expenses
- Home health care
- Custodial care
- Rehabilitation and therapy
- Lost income and future lost income
- Lost earning capacity
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Diminished quality of life
- Loss of consortium
Getting Legal Help
Taking on a pharmaceutical company is not something you want to do on your own. An experienced defective drug attorney can level the playing field and help you beat them. You attorney will investigate your case, gather evidence, and work with experts to calculate how much money you should demand in order to pay for your existing expenses and losses, and more importantly, your future needs and losses created by your drug-induced injuries.
You do not pay your defective drug attorney to get started on your case. Most product liability attorneys represent injury victims and their families on a contingency fee basis. That means, you are only charged a fee if you win money for your injuries and the fee is a percentage of your recovery, so you do not have to worry about the money you win being eaten up by hourly attorneys’ fees.
If you or someone you love has suffered ketoacidosis while taking Invokana or another SGLT2 inhibitor, you can learn more about your rights and how you can recover damages for your losses by searching our directory to find a lawyer near you.