Yaz Lawsuit Settlement Amounts

by Steve Fields on May 7th, 2010

Currently, litigation is ongoing and there have been no Yaz lawsuit settlement amounts to report. Women affected by side effects have been filing claims throughout the United States to help compensate for unpaid medical bills, time lost from work and permanent injuries. Many women are aware of the risks posed by Yasmin, Ocell Yaz and blood clots. They realize clots can form and cause circulatory issues, venous valve problems, and an assortment of serious side effects, however some have questioned whether there were adequate warning of these more serious problems. By taking this birth control pill, they may become susceptible to pulmonary embolism, stroke, and heart attack. Each of these Yaz side effects are triggered by blood clots (i.e. thrombi).

Clotting disorders can occur within your veins or arteries. Both circumstances present unique risks. Doctors will use a range of tests to diagnose the presence of thrombi, depending on their suspected location, your medical history, symptoms, and immediate risks to your health.

Venous Versus Arterial Clots

Your veins deliver blood to your heart and lungs. After blood has received oxygen from your lungs, it travels to your organs and tissues through your arteries. This is an important distinction to make in the context of understanding the dangers posed by venous and arterial thrombi.

Venous blood clots – especially those located in the deep veins – cause redness, swelling, and persistent pain. Severe clotting disorders can lead to valve damage, which in turn, can cause pooling and further clotting. If thrombi form within the deep veins (a condition known as deep vein thrombosis, or DVT), they can break free and travel to your heart.

Arterial blood clots present an immediate danger. They can deprive your lungs, brain, or heart of oxygen-rich blood. This deprivation causes pulmonary embolism, stroke, and heart attack (respectively).

Most cases of Yasmin and Yaz causing blood clot problems involve the deep veins and arteries (as opposed to superficial veins that lie near the skin’s surface). For this reason, doctors’ efforts to diagnose thrombi are focused on these areas.

Diagnosing Deep Venous Blood Clots

When blood clots are suspected within the deep veins (typically in the legs), doctors will normally use ultrasonography to form a diagnosis. A device called a transducer is positioned near the suspected site and used to send sound waves through the skin. These ultrasound waves penetrate the tissue before returning to the transducer. The signals are transmitted to a computer, which composes an image of your deep veins. Clots can often be identified in these images.

If ultrasonography fails to produce a clear image, or the physician is unable to identify suspected thrombi, venography may be done. A contrast dye is introduced into the veins and x-rays are taken. The dye shows up on the x-rays and displays the anatomy of the venous network in a format that is clearer than the images composed through ultrasound.

Your doctor may decide to order CT and MRI scans as an intermediary step between ultrasonography and venography. These scans are noninvasive and can create images of your venous network that display thrombi. However, they are usually reserved for diagnosing arterial clots.

Diagnosing Arterial Blood Clots

When a thrombus is suspected within a key artery (e.g. pulmonary, carotid, or coronary), your doctor may order a CT angiogram. This is a variant of a conventional computed tomography scan. It is one of the first tests done to help diagnose a Yasmin pulmonary embolism. A contrast dye is injected to display clots located within your lung arteries. The test is reasonably accurate and quick.

Another test used to diagnose thrombi within the arteries is called magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI. This test uses radio waves to construct detailed images of your arterial network. It is harmless, accurate, and fast.

A growing number of women who have experienced blood clots and their related side effects are exploring whether they should file a Yaz lawsuit. If you have suffered clotting disorders, pulmonary embolism, gallbladder problems or stroke after using any of these oral contraceptive, contact a Yaz attorney. Invest the time to learn about your legal rights. Please contact us for the latest litigation updates including information regarding Yaz settlements as the cases move forward.

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