Specific Causation a Key Criteria for Darvon Suit

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Specific Causation a Key Criteria for Darvon Suit

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A Darvocet recall lawsuit involving a 31-year-old New York woman raises a question central to litigation prompted by the market withdrawal of the drug propoxyphene. The attorneys representing Kristine Esposito of Queens, who suffered a potentially fatal arrhythmia after using Darvocet, claim that a cardiac event known as QT prolongation (QT prolongation is the lengthening of time between the Q and T waves, two types of electrical impulses that measure heartbeat regularity) is a “signature” injury caused by only a handful of drug, including propoxyphene.

Considering that the FDA issued a propoxyphene recall due to the drug’s ability to cause heart rhythm abnormalities, it should be quite simple for attorneys to establish a relationship of “general” causation between propoxyphene and QT prolongation (general causation refers to a chemical’s ability to cause an adverse effect).

Success in propoxyphene litigation, however, requires establishing not only general causation between the drug and cardiac abnormalities, but also specific causation (whether the drug actually caused an adverse event such as Esposito’s arrhythmia). Propoxyphene can cause cardiac side effects. The scientific literature is clear on this. But showing that the drug in fact caused a plaintiff’s injury is a much more challenging proposition.

To understand why specific causation might be difficult to prove, consider the case of a propoxyphene user who suffered an arrhythmia or heart attack. He or she may have a preexisting heart condition, be a longtime Darvon or Darvocet user who took higher doses than recommended, or was at risk of heart disease or injury due to other factors. The presence of any one of these factors would make it difficult to prove that propoxyphene caused a plaintiff’s injury. On the other hand, a young plaintiff who only took propoxyphene for a short period, had no preexisting heart condition, and had no other heart injury risk factors would have a good chance of tying his or her injury specifically to propoxyphene use.

As more plaintiffs come forward and cases go to trial, it will become clearer whether QT prolongation is in fact a signature injury and what the prerequisites for a viable Darvocet lawsuit are. The Rottenstein Law Group will reveal such information as it becomes available, so be sure to check back in regularly. And if you have any questions about an injury you believe was caused by propoxyphene, or you’re interested in taking legal action, don’t hesitate to contact RLG. Our experienced attorneys provide sympathetic guidance for clients who have been injured by dangerous consumer products. Contact RLG today to inquire about a Darvon Darvocet recall lawsuit.


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