Women taking Yaz birth control may be at risk of suffering a severe injury that could result in death. If your loved one has died as a result of a serious Yaz side effect, you and your family will most likely qualify to recover compensation for your losses via a wrongful death lawsuit. Due to the complex nature of these types of cases, it is essential that you consult with an attorney who has experience in handling in these types of cases.
To learn more about your legal rights, contact our Yaz lawyers today. We will discuss the unique circumstances of your case and determine whether you qualify to file a claim.
How Many Deaths Have Been Linked to Yaz?
Currently, it's impossible to know precisely how many women have died as a result of taking Yaz, as many patients' families don't file reports about such events to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In fact, experts estimate that only 10 percent of families who endure the death of a loved one who has taken Yaz ever file reports with the FDA. Because Yaz has been available in the U.S. since 2001 (and is currently available in a number of countries throughout the world), it's likely that Yaz has caused tens of thousands of deaths.
The best way to reduce the risk of developing life-threatening Yaz side effects and death is for patients to discuss their complete medical history with their doctor before starting a course of this medication. Women who have a history of kidney or liver disease, as well as of blood clots, heart attack or stroke, should work with their doctor to find a suitable alternative form of birth control.
Yaz May Cause Issues Leading to Death
Along with medical history, a woman's age and her lifestyle habits can increase her risk of developing severe Yaz side effects. Potentially fatal side effects associated with Yaz (and other drospirenone contraceptive pills, such as Yasmin) include:
- Blood clots and deep vein thrombosis (DVT), blood clots in the body's deep veins that dangerously impair circulation
- Breast lumps
- Gallbladder problems
- Heart attack
- Hyperkalemia, dangerously high levels of potassium in the blood
- Liver and kidney damage
- Pulmonary embolism (PE), blood clots in the lungs that dangerously impair respiration
- Severe allergic reactions
Yaz patients who develop the following symptoms should seek emergency medical care to prevent possibly fatal complications:
- Back pain (in the upper or lower abdomen)
- Breathing difficulties
- Chest pain
- Clammy, blue skin
- Difficulty walking, talking or seeing
- Fever and/or chills
- Irregular heartbeat
- Leg inflammation
- Paralysis one side of the body
- Skin rash or hives
For more information about your specific case, contact a Yaz lawyer today.