September 5, 2012 – Although the maker of the birth control drugs Yaz and Yasmin has started settling many of the thousands of claims filed by patients suffering blood clot injuries, a recent statement by a court officer overseeing the settlements indicates the time to act may be limited.
If you or someone you love suffered a blood clot, DVT, stroke or Pulmonary Embolism after taking Yaz or Yasmin, it is important to speak with a lawyer about your legal rights as soon as possible.
Last year, both the British Medical Journal and FDA published studies which linked the hormone used in drugs like Yaz to an increased risk of blood clots, DVT and pulmonary embolism by as much as 74%.
The Institute for Safe Medicine Practices also reported this year that Yaz and Yasmin ranked second in 2011 for the number of complications reported to the FDA.
Due to the number of patients that have filed a Yaz lawsuit, a federal Multi-District Litigation court was established in Illinois to handle the claims. With estimates that more than 11,000 patients have filed a claim, Bayer has started settling some of these cases.
In their annual report earlier this year, the company stated they had begun settling as many as 1900 Yaz lawsuits so far, and has set aside up to $610 million total to resolve more cases at an average of around $212,000.
In July, the special master appointed to oversee settlement negotiations for the federal court, Stephen Saltzburg, confirmed the settlements but estimated they could be concluded within a year.
The payment of injury claims by Bayer for those patients suffering blood clots is positive news. However, time may be limited for those injured who have yet to file a claim. Anyone affected by blood clots, stroke, DVT or pulmonary embolism after taking Yaz should learn their legal rights as soon as possible.
The Yaz Resource Center cautions that victims should only seek a lawyer with experience in defective drug litigation, and only recommends lawyers and law firms who have already settled Yaz lawsuits.
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