Our lawyers are investigating potential lawsuits involving Naturalyte, a liquid acid concentrate product that was recalled nationwide in 2012. If you or someone you love experienced a heart problem, cardiac arrest, or heart attack caused by Naturalyte, we may be able to help you seek compensation for your injuries through the filing of a lawsuit.
Free Naturalyte Class Action Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered a serious injury after being treated with Naturalyte, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of Naturalyte and we can help.
What is Naturalyte?
Naturalyte Liquid Acid Concentrate is a chemical that is added to the blood of kidney failure patients who require hemodialysis, a process in which a machine removes toxins from blood. During dialysis, liquid is extracted from the bloodstream, which increases its acidity. Before the blood can be put back in the patient’s body, chemicals must be added to balance the acidity to the normal pH of 7.35-7.45. This is typically accomplished by the introduction of a base, bicarbonate, and an acid like Naturalyte.
What’s the Problem?
While other dialysis products contain mostly acetic acid, Naturalyte is different because it contains both acetic acid and sodium acetate (sodium diacetate). When these 2 chemicals are filtered by the liver, a small amount is converted into bicarbonate. The dose of chemicals must then be adjusted to compensate for the extra bicarbonate contained in Naturalyte. If this adjustment is not made, the patient can suffer a bicarbonate overdose (metabolic alkalosis).
FDA Warning on Naturalyte
On May 25, 2012, the FDA issued a warning letter which stated that Naturalyte had been found to cause pulmonary arrest when improperly dosed. FDA made the announcement after it received an internal memo from Fresenius, the manufacturer of Naturalyte. In the memo, Fresenius executives warned their own doctors about the problems with Naturalyte, which was associated with a 6- to 8-fold increased risk of cardiopulmonary arrest and sudden cardiac death in the dialysis facility. The conclusions were based on data from 941 people who had cardiopulmonary arrest at 667 facilities in 2010.
About Naturalyte Class Action Lawsuits
Although we are a nationally recognized class action firm, the Products Liability Litigation Group at our law firm has decided against the filing of a Naturalyte Class Action Suit, and is currently filing individual claims on behalf of individuals and/or their family members who have been injured after undergoing dialysis treatment with Naturalyte.
A class action is a type of lawsuit filed with the court on behalf of large group of people or “class” of individuals that have been injured or wronged. The class is represented by the law firm and the case is generally decided upon a single member of the class who is sometimes referred to as the “class representative or class rep.”
Why Our Law Firm Is Filing Individual Lawsuits Opposed To a Class Action
In some instances, a class action may offer some advantages, as they aggregate a large number of individualized claims into one representational lawsuit. The aggregation can increase the efficiency of the legal process, lower the costs of litigation and in some cases offer the solution to a common problem wherein small recoveries do not provide the incentive for any individual or law firm to file an individual lawsuit.
However, a class action suit can also be a detriment to many class members, as they are often forced into a blanket “low ball settlement” and higher attorney fees. At Schmidt & Clark, LLP we understand that our clients are suffering emotionally and economically due to loss of wages and/or high medical bills and we plan to maximize each client’s recovery by filing individual Naturalyte Lawsuits on their behalf.
Do I Have a Naturalyte Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Naturalyte lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Naturalyte injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Naturalyte Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered a serious injury after undergoing dialysis treatment with Naturalyte, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Naturalyte Suit and we can help.