Plaintiff Blames Fresenius for Husband’s Wrongful Death in Granuflo Lawsuit

An estimated half a million people in the United States use dialysis, a service that cleans their blood of toxins when their kidneys are failing to work the way they should. There are dialysis centers all over the country, and dialysis patients generally receive this service on a regular schedule that is dependent upon the type of dialysis that they receive and the extent of their renal damage. When patients in Tennessee and across the country use dialysis, they go into these medical centers expecting that the medical professionals are properly trained to give them the correct dosages of medication and to operate the necessary equipment. However, some companies that manufacture dialysis medications fail to warn both doctors and patients when they are dangers and unnecessary risks involved with the medication. This can lead to further injury for patients and even wrongful death. Unfortunately, our Tennessee Granuflo Lawyers have seen several of these cases.

According to a recent lawsuit, in February of 2013, Tanzella Leary claimed that the use of NaturaLyte and/or GranuFlo caused the wrongful death of her husband Darian Leary .On February 28, 2011, Mr. Leary suffered adverse cardiovascular events that led to his death. Mrs. Leary claims that Fresenius Medical Care manufactured and sold dangerous dialysis products, NaturaLyte and GranuFlo that contributed to her husband’s death. Mr. Leary suffered from metabolic alkalosis following a dialysis treatment, a condition that led to his death.
Mrs. Leary alleges Fresenius had been aware of the dangers posed by improper dosage of GranuFlo and NaturaLyte, but failed to disclose these dangers to physicians or the public. The company did release an internal memo that warned of the dangers posed by the products. The FDA did not become aware of concerns about the product risks until the memo was leaked in 2011. Fresenius did not inform other dialysis centers that used GranuFlo and NaturaLyte products about the potentially fatal risk caused by improper dosage.

Mrs. Leary alleges that the physicians who treated her late husband had no reason to suspect that his injuries were linked to GranuFlo or NaturaLyte until the FDA issued a Class I recall of the products in March 2012. The FDA only issues Class I recalls in events that pose the greatest danger to public health. She is seeking damages for all expenses related to her husband’s death, including funeral expenses, medical expenses and emotional distress. She is also seeking punitive damages.

Granuflo has caused sudden deaths in several dialysis patients all across the country and even right here in Tennessee. If you have suffered from the risks of Granuflo or have a loved one die due to its risks and Fresenius failure to properly warn medical professionals and patients about the risks, then you should call our office. We are experienced and compassionate Tennessee personal injury and wrongful death attorneys. We will hear your case and make sure that you get the compensation you need for your medical bills, increased care, or for what you have suffered due to the wrongful death of a loved one.

Author Bio

Jim Higgins, founder of the Higgins Firm, is a seasoned personal injury attorney with deep roots in Nashville, Tennessee. A 4th generation Nashvillian, Jim carries on the legal legacy of his father, a judge for over 30 years. After graduating from the University of Memphis School of Law, Jim’s career began on the other side of the courtroom, defending insurance companies and learning their tactics for minimizing settlements. However, he soon realized his true calling was fighting for the rights of the injured, and for the past several years, he has exclusively represented plaintiffs in personal injury cases.

Since then, his dedication and skill have earned him membership in the prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an organization limited to attorneys who have secured million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for their clients. Licensed to practice in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Georgia, Jim focuses on personal injury, product liability, medical malpractice, and workers’ compensation cases. His exceptional work has been recognized by his peers, earning him a spot on the Super Lawyers list from 2021 to 2024, a distinction awarded to only a select group of accomplished attorneys in each state.

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