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New York City Invokana Lawsuit Attorney

Invokana has been directly linked to patients developing Fournier’s gangrene – a life-threatening infection. The New York City Invokana Lawsuit Attorneys at Sullivan Papain Block McManus Coffinas & Cannavo, PC are currently accepting cases for those who develop this infection.

Invokana is a prescription drug doctors use to treat type 2 diabetes. It is a sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor manufactured by Johnson & Johnson. If you are a patient taking Invokana and you have developed Fourner’s gangrene, suffered kidney failure, urinary tract infections, stroke, heart attack, loss of limb, or other injuries, you may have a case against Johnson & Johnson under the laws of product liability. Speak to an attorney from Sullivan Papain Block McManus Coffinas & Cannavo, PC today about your case.

New York City Invokana Lawsuit Attorney

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Invokana Injuries

Invokana works by lowering glucose levels in the blood. It also helps the patient expel more sugar via the urine. Unfortunately, drug defects can lead to a variety of potentially severe side effects. Users have reported experiencing heart attacks, strokes, kidney problems, and diabetic ketoacidosis. Certain types of cancers may also stem from taking Invokana, including cancer of the breast and bladder. Two studies have proven that Invokana can double a patient’s risk for diabetes-related amputation.

Several medical studies have associated Invokana and other SGLT2 inhibitors with serious and potentially fatal side effects. An alarming warning from the FDA, linking a rare but life-threatening infection called Fournier’s gangrene to Invokana, was issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in August 2018. This warning came about after 12 cases of SGLT2 inhibitors causing Fournier’s gangrene were confirmed to have occurred between March 2013 and May 2018. This number includes only the cases which were reported to the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS). Any patient who was taking Invokana during 2017 may be at risk of developing the disease. Additionally, the FDA required that a new warning regarding this potential health risk to be added to Invokana’s prescribing information, as well as all SGLT2 inhibitors.

Although all drug manufactures have a legal duty to reasonably ensure the safety of their products, many cut corners or conceal safety study results to save money. This can result in serious consumer injuries and deaths. This has been the case with certain SGLT2 inhibitor manufacturers, including Johnson & Johnson.

What is Fournier’s Gangrene?

Fournier’s gangrene is an extremely rare flesh-eating bacterial infection that can destroy the tissues that surround and support the blood vessels, fat, nerves, and muscles of the perineum. Oftentimes it results in disfigurement, requires surgery, and is sometimes fatal. This condition usually begins due to a break or cut in the skin. Although the infection is rare, patients with type two diabetes are at an increased risk of developing Fournier’s Gangrene. Men are typically diagnosed with the dangerous infection more often than women and children, however the 12 confirmed cases reported by the FDA involved seven men and five women.

Symptoms of Fournier’s Gangrene

Patients are advised to seek immediate emergency medical care if any of the following symptoms appear after taking Invokana:

  • Pain and swelling in the genitals or anal area
  • Unpleasant odor coming from the affected skin tissue
  • Crackling sound when touching the affected area
  • Fever
  • Dehydration
  • Anemia

All reported patients diagnosed with Fournier’s gangrene, developed the condition within several months of them beginning to take a SGLT2 inhibitor. Each person had to undergo surgery was hospitalized, and some even required more than one surgery due to the severity of disfigurement. One patient did succumb to the condition, after complications ensued.

Why Do You Need a Lawyer?

Johnson & Johnson has faced more product liability lawsuits than most companies. It knows how to combat legal claims. The best way to strengthen your claim against the manufacturer of Invokana is by hiring an attorney. Manufacturing companies are more likely to offer better settlements as soon as they find out a claimant has hired an attorney who specializes in Invokana lawsuits. A lawyer can handle settlement negotiations on your behalf. You are not in this fight alone.

How to File a Product Liability Claim

A product liability claim is a lawsuit against a product’s manufacturer or distributor for releasing a defective or dangerous item. A defective item may contain a manufacturing, design, or marketing defect. In Invokana’s case, plaintiffs are claiming the manufacturer intentionally failed to warn consumers of serious side effects.

You might not have to prove negligence during a product liability lawsuit. Strict liability laws hold a manufacturer automatically responsible for damages related to a defective product, without the victim needing to prove negligence. If you believe you have grounds for an Invokana lawsuit, file a claim in New York City with help from an attorney.

Available Damages

Severe and life-threatening side effects from a dangerous drug, such as Invokana, can have devastating effects on your entire life. When pursuing a product liability claim, you may be awarded compensation for your injuries and damages. That may include:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of an ability to work
  • Pain and suffering

When a patient has lost their life to Invokana, their family members may be able to recover the following damages in a wrongful death claim:

  • Funeral expenses
  • Medical expenses prior to death
  • Loss of economic support
  • Loss of companionship

Each case is unique, and can therefore vary in value. The attorney who completes a comprehensive review of your case will be better able to predict your case’s worth so that there is no risk of accepting a low-ball offer.

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A successful Invokana lawsuit could result in compensation for your physical pain and suffering, emotional anguish, lost quality of life, and related medical bills. You could receive the financial support you need to move forward after experiencing serious side effects from Invokana. Discuss your rights to a lawsuit with one of our attorneys today, during a free consultation. Call (212) 732-9000 or submit our online form.