Being a lawyer for over 30 years, I can say that an Invokana lawyer should make seeking money damages as compensation for those who suffer from Invokana amputations a top priority. Although my firm cannot absolutely guarantee a recovery in every case, money damages that may be requested in an Invokana lawsuit for Invokana amputation victims includes money for a victims past and future physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, disfigurement, physical and mental impairment, medical expenses, loss of earnings, and pre-judgment and post judgment interest. In addition, compensation in select amputation cases may also be awarded for loss of consortium, loss of household services, loss of services of a minor child, loss of part of the body, loss of mental and intellectual functioning, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of inheritance, bystander emotional and mental anguish, loss of chance, pecuniary loss, loss of love and affection, and funeral and burial expenses. Furthermore punitive damages may possibly be sought in an Invokana lawsuit cases where the responsible party was grossly negligent or acted intentionally. The damages requested will depend on which State laws apply. It may also depend on if State or Federal filing has occurred in addition to many other factors.
What is Invokana?
Invokana (canagliflozin) is a diabetes medicine that helps control blood sugar. It works by helping the kidneys get rid of glucose from your blood. Invokana is used to improve blood sugar control in adults with type 2 diabetes. It is not for treating type 1 diabetes. Reports say that you should not use Invokana if you have severe kidney disease or if you are on dialysis. To find out if Invokana is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had kidney or liver disease, bladder infections or other urination problems, blood circulation or nerve problems, a diabetic foot ulcer or amputation, high levels of potassium, high cholesterol levels, or diabetic ketoacidosis. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. You should not breast-feed while using this medicine. Invokana is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old. While taking Invokana, avoid getting up too fast from a sitting or lying position, or you may feel dizzy. Other drugs will affect Invokana, such as water pills, digoxin, digitalis, rifampin, ritonavir, phenobarbital or phenytoin. This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with canagliflozin, including over-the-counter medication, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Complications from a toe, foot, or leg Invokana amputation.
Your wound may not heal properly which may lead to another amputation. Poor blood flow during surgery could damage the tissue in your other toes. You could get a blood clot in your leg which may become life-threatening.
Reports indicate to seek immediate medical care if: your foot is cool to the touch or changes color, you have numbness, tingling, or less feeling in your toes or foot, pain that does not get better after pain medicine, loose stitches, bright red blood through the bandage over your incision. Look for signs of infection, such as: increasing pain, swelling, warmth, or redness, red streaks leading from the incision, pus, or a fever. Your scar may remain painful even after it heals. Other toes could curl, look crooked, or the remaining toes may move into the space created by your amputated toe. Even after an Invokana amputation, your doctor may want you to follow your diabetes treatment plan. Eating healthy, exercising, avoiding tobacco and controlling your blood sugar may help you prevent additional complications.
The FDA approved Invokana in 2013 to treat type 2 diabetes. The drug is in a class of drugs called SGLT2 inhibitors that help the body get rid of blood sugar through urine. Invokana is a popular drug, but it doesn’t come without risks. Between 2013 and 2015, the FDA received numerous reports of kidney damage associated with Invokana. Patients taking the drug can experience many life-threatening injuries including chronic kidney disease, complete kidney failure, and ketoacidosis. Ketoacidosis occurs when the body produces too much of a protein called ketones. High concentrations of ketones make the blood toxic and cause severe complications. Invokana’s severe side effects that have led to many lawsuits filed by injured patients across the country. Invokana side effect lawsuits were recently consolidated in a multidistrict litigation in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.
The May 16, 2017 black box warning is the most severe type of safety alert that can be issued by the FDA. It follows a prior safety alert issued in May of 2016 but indicates a higher level of concern. It will require that information about the risk of Invokana amputation be printed at the top of prescribing information, enclosed by a box with a thick, black border.
The FDA’s release also recommends that doctors consider the total patient’s health which may add to the increased risk before prescribing Invokana. It states that conditions such as peripheral vascular disease, foot ulcers, neuropathy, and prior history of amputation may predispose patients to a need for amputation. Patients should be closely monitored and are encouraged to report development of symptoms such as new pain, sores, or infections. It is reported that they should not stop taking Invokana unless they contact their health care practitioner.
Other side effects of Invokana, (Canagliflozin) are ketoacidosis, increased cholesterol, kidney problems, serious urinary tract infections, yeast infections, bone breaks, low blood pressure, a high amount of potassium in the blood, a high amount of potassium in the blood and low blood sugar when combined with other prescription diabetes medicines
In the ongoing Invokana, (Canagliflozin) Cardiovascular Assessment Study trial, the data monitoring committee identified an increased risk of leg and foot amputations. The Invokana amputations occurred about twice as often in patients treated with Canagliflozin compared to patients treated with placebo. An analysis showed that over a year’s time, the risks of amputation for patients in the trial were equivalent to:
- 7 out of every 1,000 patients treated with 100 mg daily of canagliflozin
- 5 out of every 1,000 patients treated with 300 mg daily of canagliflozin
- 3 out of every 1,000 patients treated with placebo
Toe and middle of the foot amputations were the most common. However; below and above the knee leg amputations were also observed. Other patients needed multiple Invokana amputations involving both limbs.
Invokana lawsuit preparation & Justice
An Invokana lawyer should rely on intensive case preparation which may involve one or all of the following:
Invokana lawsuit preparation involves medical record review and investigation with photographs, all providers’ notes obtained, medical bills and records are retrieved, experts in the medical, economic, reconstructive, and many other fields may be interviewed and/or retained. State of the art demonstrative evidence may also be compiled, including computer simulations or reenactments, medical illustrations, flow charts on damages, scaled models, and day in the life video projections may be produced. We have nationwide networking capabilities with the capacity of using national database exchanges. An attorney will prepare your case with comprehensive legal and factual investigations. Our lawyers have a reputation for being committed to the highest ethical standards. Our relationships with our Invokana lawsuit clients are always privileged. Everything the law firm learns about you may remain confidential, and your lawyer will honor and preserve the sanctity of the attorney-client relationship. Therefore, open disclosure of all the information by clients is highly encouraged. We will also remain on call for you 24 hours for emergencies and home or hospital visits can be arranged, if requested. Transportation can be provided and arranged for you for all necessary visits.
Our overriding principle belief is the fact that we believe that Invokana amputation victims deserve compensation. As a result, our attorneys strive to recover maximum cash damages for victims that are injured through no fault of their own. A majority of these cases should settle before trial. However, if a fair cash settlement is not offered, we may file a lawsuit in an effort to force a fair payment in your case. Most importantly, we believe in fighting for you until you get the justice you deserve. Click on the You Tube video below for more information.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed and would like to learn more about your legal rights after suffering an amputation with a history of past Invokana usage, please feel free to contact Cliff Roberts Firm at 713-777-4558.