If your husband, mother, or other loved one died or suffered catastrophic heart injuries immediately following dialysis treatment with either NaturaLyte or GranuFlo (manufactured by Fresenius Medical Care), you may be eligible to participate in legal action to get compensated for your loss of companionship, pain and suffering, loss of income, and other damages.
This article offers statistics and science behind these lawsuits to help you understand why these dialysis treatments may have backfired in hundreds (if not thousands) of instances. Ideally, this insight will start to help you regain equilibrium after all that you’ve been through.
Chronic kidney failure has reached epidemic proportions in modern western society. Researchers believe that some element of the western diet/lifestyle may cause renal failures and other diseases of this organ, although determining precisely what component(s) of the western diet/lifestyle should be blamed is more difficult than you might realize.
The conventional wisdom, for instance, suggests that “eating too much” and failing to exercise puts you at aggravated risk for renal failure and for diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and overweight/obesity. An alternative theory suggests that more specific elements of the western diet – for instance sugar and omega 6 fatty acids – can create a cascade of metabolic and endocrine problems, including inflammation, which can create/worsen kidney problems.
In any event, dialysis for renal failure has become a common procedure, even though it’s a very “new” type of medical treatment. Consider that background as you read on…
Fresenius Medical Care, the biggest dialysis products company, owns nearly 2,000 dialysis clinics just in the U.S. In 2008, the company began to manufacture and market GranuFlo and NaturaLyte dialysis products. Unfortunately, emerging research links these treatments with the build up of abnormally high bicarbonate levels in the body’s fluids. This build up may lead to severe cardiac problems, including cardiac death, cardiopulmonary arrest, heart attacks, etc.
How do we know that these products should be blamed?
Some evidence, including studies internally conducted by Fresenius, highlight the severe risks.
For instance, in 2010, Fresenius dialysis clinics themselves reported that nearly 1,000 dialysis patients suffered cardiac arrest possibly linked to alkali build up. The manufacturers now recognize that GranuFlo and NaturaLyte present cardiac disease risks to certain groups, and now dialysis centers routinely check bicarbonate levels to prevent these cardiac problems.
But did Fresenius release its internal information about the risks in a timely fashion? Or did the company drag its heels and thus put thousands at risk for cardiac problems?
Connect with the DeMayo Law team today to explore your potential legal options and to come to closure on this difficult chapter in your life.