Xarelto Patient Warning
Patients who took Xarelto are filing lawsuits after the drug caused them severe injuries such as uncontrolled bleeding, for which no antidote is available.
If you or a loved one suffered from internal bleeding or other side effects after taking this anticoagulant medication, you might be eligible for a large cash settlement. Call right now to speak to the best Xarelto Lawyers that will help evaluate your legal options for free.
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Why should you file a Xarelto lawsuit?
Since Xarelto (rivaroxaban) received approval in 2011, Bayer AG and Janssen Pharmaceuticals (a Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary) made millions by selling this Novel Oral Anticoagulant to US patients. Xarelto is used to prevent blood clots and strokes in people who suffer from Atrial Fibrillation (Afib), Pulmonary Embolism (PE), and Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). However, this drug is also very dangerous, as it may cause uncontrollable bleedings that cannot be stopped as there is no antidote available to reverse its effects.
Many people who were injured by the Xarelto side effects filed a lawsuit against the manufacture pharmaceutical companies Bayer, Johnson & Johnson’s and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, holding them accountable for the harm they suffered. Both Bayer and J&J, in fact, never warned patients properly about the medication’s risk. Filing a lawsuit against the manufacturers of Xarelto is the only way to get compensation for all the damages you have sustained, these can include emotional injuries, financial loss and even the death of a loved one. Plaintiffs principal accusations found in the lawsuit include negligence and failure to warn.
Why should you choose us as your Xarelto lawyer?
Over the years, our lawyers have been consistently winning cases for their victims, granting them the rightful compensation for all their suffering. Our lawsuit attorneys do really care about knowing a victims’ history. Every time a client asks for our help, we know that there’s a tale of pain and suffering behind it. We personally understand how heavy the burden of losing someone you love can be. Winning a lawsuit can help you cope with the financial draining caused by medical expenses, and most importantly, will ensure you will bring the pharmaceutical companies who harmed you to justice.
Our Law Group, has all the experience required to stand up against even the largest corporations, and our skilled personal injury attorneys have passionately fought their legal battles to defend the rights of injured people for decades. We will answer your call immediately, and we will provide you a legal consultation and help you evaluate your legal options for free and get you the highest injury settlement amount possible.
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Why our law firm keeps filing lawsuits against Xarelto
One of the most bothering inconveniences of taking old-generation blood thinners such as Warfarin was the necessity of adopting a weekly blood test routine. Together with the annoying dietary restrictions, and the constant dosage adjustment required, Warfarin therapy proved to be burdensome and downright annoying for many people. That was the same reason rivaroxaban became an incredibly successful product in such a short time. Xarelto’s biggest selling points were its unique one-size-fits-all dosage, as well as the freedom it left patients from enduring any monitoring routines and dietary restrictions.
The same characteristics that make Xarelto more appealing to patients make it also more dangerous to their health. However, many people just don’t know how dangerous the medication could be. Those who eventually knew the truth about it, in fact, were the unlucky ones who suffered the tremendous effects of the dreaded uncontrollable bleeding. The scary truth about the side effects, in fact, hit like a truck to many patients’ lives, forcing them to ask for help from our lawyers to file for compensation. Over 3,000 lawsuits have been filed against this medication in the last few months, this just shows how many people are being injured by this drug.
Xarelto has a very low therapeutic index, meaning that its safe dosage is dangerously close to the one where this drug starts becoming toxic. Even a small shift in those biological activities that every day flush medications out of our systems may lead to a potentially harmful (or even lethal) overdose. For this same reason, Warfarin required constant monitoring in the first place, as blood testings were the primary instrument through which doctors kept their patients’ health checked. “Knowledge is power,” said Sir Francis Bacon, and by knowing whenever the drug dose reached a dangerous blood level in their bodies, people prevented Warfarin from harming and injuring them. Xarelto’s lack of monitoring instead, although it may seem more convenient, it’s also much more dangerous.
On the other hand, the infamous Xarelto “one-dosage-fits-all” model is another reason this medication can threaten the very life of many people. From a physiological point of view, a 110 pounds human being is very different from another one who weighs 200 lbs, so there’s no way that same dose could be ideal for them both. Similarly, a young woman’s kidneys can flush this drug at a much higher rate than an elderly one, so prescribing to both of them the same dosage could actually cause a lethal overdose on the latter one. Some of the most dangerous adverse reactions such as the infamous Xarelto brain bleeding may, in fact, outright kill a patient due to the absence of a proper antidote to reverse this drug’s action.
Surgical wounds after hip or knee replacements
Xarelto bleeding events are probably the most publicized complications of this drug as they can cause a patient’s death. However, rivaroxaban is also linked to several other severe adverse reactions, including a higher occurrence of infections in surgical wounds after hip or knee replacements interventions. The risk for infection and wound leakage is ten-fold higher when a patient is taking this drug. This kind of complications often forces patients to get back to the operating room to receive additional surgery.
Xarelto is used to prevent blood clots from forming in the lower limbs after a hip or knee replacements surgery. However, there are many other equally effective options available for patients. Doctors can still prevent blood clots with other medications such as heparins or aspirin, or mechanically with compression stockings and physical rehabilitation.
The absence of a strong warning label about rivaroxaban complications prevents doctors from adequately understanding the real dangers associated with this drug. Plaintiffs are filing thousands of lawsuits against the manufactures of Xarelto not just to get compensation, but to prevent other people from getting harmed by the drug. The pharmaceutical companies only focused on the drug’s safety and benefits, and never thoroughly explained its risks, including the lack of a proper Xarelto antidote.
Xarelto Stroke – A compelling reason to file a lawsuit
Among the various types of bleedings associated with rivaroxaban, brain bleeding (which is a type of stroke) is one of the most dangerous. Medical literature only described a single intracranial haemorrhage case study of a patient who used Xarelto, but brain bleeding is still one of the principal risks listed in this medication label. Just like all other uncontrolled bleeding events, cerebral bleeding can be an alarming side effect of the drug due to the absence of a proper antidote to reverse its action. All anticoagulants may, in fact, cause brain strokes, but differently to what happens with Vitamin K inhibitors such as Warfarin, if a patient is taking rivaroxaban, once the haemorrhage starts doctors have no way to stop it. A cerebral bleeding may require hours to subside, and while physicians wait for the medication to be flushed out from the subject’s body, the damage caused could be either permanent or even fatal. Several plaintiffs claim that Xarelto was to blame when they suffered the potentially lethal consequences of a stroke.
Gastrointestinal Bleeding Lawsuit
Several plaintiffs who filed a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical companies who manufacture rivaroxaban, complained about gastrointestinal haemorrhages (GI bleedings). Gastrointestinal haemorrhage is one of the most common forms of hidden bleeding caused by this dangerous blood thinner. GI bleeding has been found to be frequent in patients taking this medication, especially in the elderly and when associated with other medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Gastrointestinal bleedings include haemorrhages of the stomach, small intestine, colon, rectum, esophagus and anus (hemorrhoidal bleeding). Several gastrointestinal bleeding lawsuits have been filed over the course of the last two years, so if your stomach hurts when you’re taking Xarelto, maybe that’s a warning symptom you should not overlook.
Xarelto Multidistrict Litigation (MDL)
The number of federal lawsuits keep growing, reaching almost 6,000 total cases as of July 2016. Due to the high number of litigations that have been filed, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated these cases into multidistrict litigation (MDL Number 2592) in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana presided over by Judge Eldon Fallon, and a mass tort class action in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An MDL is used to speed up the legal procedures by consolidating many cases into a single one, choosing some cases as the most representative ones (in this case, four cases have been selected).If your litigation becomes a part of an MDL, you will still keep your own lawyer, and your case will be handled as an individual one.
McGowan v. Janssen
In 2014, the daughter of Thomas Dunkley filed a lawsuit on behalf of her deceased father. The lawsuit claims that Dunkley was prescribed the medication Xarelto to prevent his risk of stroke. However, after only a month of taking the drug, he died after suffering from a severe bleeding in his brain that doctors were unable to stop. The lawsuit claims Janssen and Bayer concealed the severity of the risks associated with rivaroxaban and did not properly test the drug before distributing it on the market.
Packard v. Janssen
The wife of William Packard filed a lawsuit against Bayer and Janssen on behalf of her deceased husband. The lawsuit claims William was prescribed Xarelto for atrial fibrillation and continued to take the drug for six months until he suffered fatal bleeding in his brain. Doctors attempted to alleviate the pressure in his brain by drilling a hole into his skull. Unfortunately, they were unable to stop the bleeding and he was pronounced dead. Packard claims the drug manufacturers failed to warn the public that there was no antidote available in cases of emergencies such as this.
Why You Need Our Law Group Xarelto Lawyers
Medical bills and hospitalization expenses may become a burden so heavy they may ruin a family’s finances. Financial draining is often coupled by emotional stress, especially when one needs to leave his job to take properly care of a relative who’s been harmed by a drug’s complications. Filing a lawsuit could be a family’s last resort to pay their medical bills, and to receive a proper compensation for all their suffering and pain. It could also prevent other people from facing the same fate, as the FDA may issue a recall or, at least, force the pharmaceutical companies to change their marketing policies. Today there is no known standard lawsuit settlement amount for xarelto. Your final compensation may vary depending on the damage you suffered, and the types of injuries you had to sustain.
If you or a member of your family suffered an injury after using Xarelto, you might have legal options to ask for compensation. Are Law Group, we will provide you with the best-qualified attorney to provide assistance with your particular case. The right injury lawyer may help you get the money you require to pay medical bills and other expenses. Our Xarelto injury attorneys are thoroughly trained and specialized in dealing with the dreaded Big Pharma. They know exactly what to do to grant you proper compensation for all your sufferings.
As first trial dates in the class action suit against the drug manufacturing company of Xarelto are set, the window narrows to submit a claim for an injury settlement. At the Schmidt National Law Group, we will provide you a free initial consultation to evaluate your legal options. Contact us by completing the form that appears on this page or Call us at 1-877-493-3170. You can Read our FAQs to know more about Xarelto, or ask for free legal advice now.
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