A California Xarelto lawsuit may be an option for patients who suffered serious bleeding complications after taking the medication. Pharmaceutical giants Bayer Healthcare and Janssen Pharmaceuticals have been named in many lawsuits filed by patients who claim to have suffered injuries, including severe internal bleeding, from the anticoagulant medication Xarelto. Xarelto attorneys in California and other states allege that the drug makers continued to market Xarelto as safe and effective despite knowledge of potentially life-threatening internal bleeding risks.
If you or a loved one took Xarelto and suffered complications, contact Attorney Group for California today to learn more about your options. We can answer your questions, and if you with to pursue a claim, we can connect you with an affiliated California Xarelto lawsuit attorney. Your call is free, confidential, and without any obligation on your part.
What is Xarelto?
Xarelto first gained approval from the FDA in 2011. It works as an anticoagulant to help patients prevent the formation of potentially fatal blood clots. It is approved for use in patients at risk of developing clots after hip or knee replacement surgery, as well as in patients suffering from atrial fibrillation.
How Does Xarelto Work?
People can be at an increased risk of developing potentially life-threatening blood clots for a number of reasons. These can include abnormal heart rhythms, poor circulation due to diabetes or other conditions, or immobility following surgery. Xarelto acts as an anti-thrombotic agent to help thin the blood out and prevent the development of clots in the heart and blood vessels.
What Are the Risks of Blood Clots?
Blood clots can be fatal if they cut off the blood flow to a particular area of the body. This results in a lack of oxygenated blood reaching the affected area, eventually leading to tissue death. Should a clot cause a blockage to the brain or lungs, it can lead to fatal complications such as a stroke or a pulmonary embolism.
Risks of Xarelto
Xarelto is meant to lower these risks. However, patients are starting to report that the drug may even be contributing to the very conditions it was created to prevent. Of the more than 2,000 reports received to date by the FDA regarding the use of Xarelto, some of the complications include:
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Uncontrollable internal bleeding
- GI Bleeding
- Hemoglobin reduction
- Severe swelling in the extremities
Even incidents of pulmonary embolisms and cerebrovascular accidents, the problems that Xarelto is supposed to help prevent, have been listed among patient complaints. There is also no current antidote for Xarelto as there is with the more conventional blood thinner, warfarin, meaning that a bleeding event caused by Xarelto could not be stopped.
Patients who have suffered severe side effects after taking Xarelto are encouraged to seek the counsel of a California Xarelto lawyer to learn more about their legal rights.
Why a Xarelto Lawsuit?
Many claims have been brought against Bayer and Janssen that allege the drug makers failed to disclose the risks associated with Xarelto, and thousands of cases have been consolidated in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Louisiana. Generally, MDLs are known as an efficient and effective course of action when the grouping together of many different cases with similar complaints is needed.
Other Side Effects of Xarelto
Similar to most medications, Xarelto can cause a number of common side effects. These include:
- Back pain
- Swollen or bleeding gums
- Bloody or tarry stools
- Problems with bowel or bladder
- Coughing blood
How a California Xarelto Lawsuit Can Help
If a drug maker does not provide safe drugs, or warn patients of potential risks that could cause harm, it is failing to fulfill its duty, and could be held liable for any injuries that may result. Patients who are injured by Xarelto may be entitled to compensation for damages, including:
- The extent of an injury
- Loss of income or ability to work
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish from an injury
- Medical expenses
If a patient dies after taking Xarelto, family members may be able to pursue claims on behalf of their deceased loved one.
If you or a loved one took Xarelto and suffered complications, contact Attorney Group for California for more information.
When you contact us, an attorney will follow up with you to speak with you about your case or answer questions that you might have. There is no cost or obligation to speak with us, and any information you provide will be kept confidential.
Please note that the law limits the time you have to pursue a claim for an injury. If you think you have a case, you should not delay taking action.