Alere Home INR Monitoring System
Defective Alere Monitoring System may lead to deadly bleeds and death
Doctors must monitor patients when taking the blood-thinning drug Coumadin. This is to ensure they aren’t developing deadly blood clots. The Alere Home INR Monitoring System works by measuring the ability of a patient’s blood to clot, by the patient’s prothrombin time (PT) and expresses that information as an international normalized ratio. For most patients taking blood thinning drugs, they aim for international normalized ratio levels between 2.0 and 3.0. Patients considered to be at a high risk for deadly blood clots may show international normalized ratio levels of between 2.5 to 3.5. Based on these readings, a doctor can adjust a patient’s dosage of medication.
Inaccurate Alere Home INR Readings
The ratios patients need from the device have to be so precise that any inaccuracies could bring catastrophic adverse events. If a patient is misled to believe their international normalized ratio levels are fine, they won’t seek the guidance of a doctor which leads to serious harm. Thus far, around 19,000 patients have reported the inaccurate results of this device did just that. Many reported subdural hematoma (bleeding in the brain), hematoma death (collection of blood fills outside the brain creating life-threatening pressure) and even stroke.
When manufacturers produce unsafe products that create pain and suffering, you deserve compensation. Although no amount of money will change the fact that you have suffered a serious injury as a result of manufacturer irresponsibility, compensation will help offset your current and future medical costs, as well as provide for the pain and suffering you have experienced. By filing, you may also help protect other people and their families from needless distress.
Alere Home INR Monitoring System Risks
- Subdural hematoma – bleeding on the brain
- Hematoma death – collection of blood fills outside the brain causing life-threatening pressure
- Mini stroke – a “warning stroke” or transient ischemic attack, or a brief, stroke-like attack requiring immediate medical attention
- Uncontrollable bleeding
If you or someone you know received a false PT/INR reading from an Alere INRatio Monitoring device and was injured after going through a bleeding event, you may be eligible for compensation. This can ease the financial and emotional burdens you are experiencing. Contact us today to set up a free consultation. During we will listen to your story, answer any questions you may have and discuss your legal rights and options. If you choose us to represent you, we will work with you on a contingency fee basis. This means you pay nothing until we have secured compensation for you. This is either through a jury verdict or settlement.