Yasmin stroke victim awarded $14 million verdict against against doctor who prescribed birth control drug

by Eric Pearson

Mariola Zapalski was 37 when she was prescribed the birth control pill Yasmin for irregular bleeding. Yasmin is known to increase the dangers of blood clotting. When Zapalski was prescribed Yasmin, she possessed at least two risk factors: Zapalski was over age 35 and had hypertension. Only 13 days after being prescribed Yasmin, a stroke rendered Zapalski’s whole left side paralyzed—she is now wheelchair bound and barely able to communicate.

Zapalski and her husband sued Dr. Zbigniew Aniol for prescribing Yasmin to Zapalski despite the presence of risk factors and for failing to warn her about the risk involved. Last month, a jury found the doctor was negligent and awarded the Zapalskis $14 million in damage. Prior to the trial against the doctor, the couple settled their claims against the hospital involved, Resurrection Medical Center, settled for $2.5 million.

The Yasmin birth control pill has been under scrutiny for years as a result of allegations it causes serious, often fatal blood clotting and other side effects, potentially fatal blood clots, among them:

  • strokes
  • pulmonary embolism (clotting in the lungs)
  • deep vein thrombosis (clotting in the legs)
  • cerebral embolism (a clot that travels to the brain causing a stroke)
  • retinal thrombosis (clotting in the eye, causing blindness)
  • myocardial infarction (or heart attack)

Yasmin is made by Bayer. In 2011 the FDA required Bayer to update the Yasmin warning label based on studies showing the newer oral contraceptive posed higher risks for blood clotting—sometimes threefold greater— than older contraceptives. Bayer has itself faced thousands of lawsuits from women claiming the contraceptive caused blood clots that led to serious health consequences. Ocella, the generic version of Yasmin, is also associated with these serious side effects, some of which are potentially fatal.

Side effects from birth control? You have legal rights!

If you or a loved one suffered blood clots or other complications after taking Yaz or Yasmin, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. At Heygood, Orr & Pearson, we have spent years holding drug companies and medical device manufacturers responsible for the injuries and deaths caused by their reckless conduct. From dangerous fentanyl pain patches to defective hip and knee implant devices to Yaz, Actos, Avandia and Accutane, we have made it a career priority to hold drug manufacturers accountable and responsible for their actions.

Heygood, Orr & Pearson has the resources and experience to protect your rights against irresponsible pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers. If you have been injured or have lost someone you care about because of defective or dangerous prescription drugs or medical devices, you deserve to have the manufacturer held responsible for such and deserve proper compensation. Contact us for a free consultation by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001 or by filling out our free case evaluation form to find out more about your legal options.