Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) is an anti-coagulant, otherwise known as a blood thinner. Produced by Bayer Health Care and marketed by Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Xarelto has been advertised as an effective alternative to other blood thinning medication. Xarelto has been used by millions of patients to reduce the risk of:
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Pulmonary embolism
- Other blood clot injuries
Additionally, Xarelto has been used to help patients with atrial fibrillation following knee and hip replacement surgery to prevent blood clots. While Xarelto can effectively help certain patients manage their medical conditions, it has also been associated with risk that is unnecessarily high.
Physicians and patients relied on the information provided by the manufacturers and marketers of Xarelto in their decision to prescribe and use Xarelto. The risks associated with this drug were substantially understated in the informational materials and as a result Xarelto lawsuits are being filed in multiple jurisdictions to obtain compensation for losses which may include wrongful death compensation.
Xarelto bleeding issues
Xarelto was introduced to the medical community in 2011. As a blood thinner, it carries inherent risks of uncontrollable internal bleeding. However, it apparently carries a higher risk than is indicated in its product warnings to consumers and medical professionals. Unfortunately unlike its competitor Warfarin (marketed under the brand Coumadin), Xarelto does not have an approved reversal agent, meaning medical professionals may not be able to reverse a hemorrhage caused by accident or during emergency surgery.
With inadequate product warnings and lack of a reversal agent, Xarelto poses a high threat level to patients. Studies suggest a higher rate of gastrointestinal bleeds and need for blood transfusions. Despite this, the drug is still in circulation and being prescribed to patients. For this reason, Xarelto lawsuits are being launched, claiming the medication produces an unreasonably high risk.
How we can help
If you or a loved one has been prescribed Xarelto and are concerned about your legal right to compensation for injuries you should seek a legal opinion on your case. There are time limitations for filing personal injury lawsuits which vary depending on where the injury occurred. A Xarelto lawsuit must be filed in a timely way naming everyone responsible for the injury.
Talking with one of the best Xarelto attorneys who is familiar with the unique requirements of this type of lawsuit is the best way of ensuring that your rights are preserved going forward. The legal action against Xarelto is in the early stages. So far there have been no group settlement offers. As the scope of the effects of Xarelto come to light and the group litigation progresses the likelihood of a fair settlement will increase without the need for a trial. However, should the settlement fall short we will be ready to aggressively go to trial.
At the law offices of Meyers & Flowers, we have the expertise and experience to pursue litigation against large medical firms such as Bayer Health Care. Our long record of excellence includes million-dollar awards on behalf of clients harmed by medical device failure.
Not a class action lawsuit
Clients will be represented individually even though Xarelto lawsuits are being combined into a special type of litigation called a multi-district litigation or MDL. This is simply to aid in administering a lawsuit with many individual plaintiffs who continue to be represented by their own attorney.
This type of action does not require individuals to accept the terms of any group settlement as would be required in a class action lawsuit. Clients can accept or reject any settlement offer and continue to press for damages according to their own wishes.
If you have been prescribed Xarelto and are seeking legal recourse, we can help. We also can help if you have a family member that passed away as a result of taking Xarelto. Your first step is a free consultation with our law professionals to discover if you have a case. It costs nothing to find out your options, and you pay no fees until we win your case. Please call us today to find out more.