Xarelto, an anticoagulant medication made by Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer Healthcare, has been named in lawsuits that allege severe complications, including life-threatening internal bleeding. Xarelto attorneys in Florida and other states allege that the drug makers failed to disclose the risks associated with the use of the drug.
If you or a loved one took Xarelto and suffered complications, contact Attorney Group for Florida today to learn more about your options in a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation. If you wish to pursue a claim, we can connect you with an affiliated Florida Xarelto lawsuit attorney.
What Is Xarelto?
Xarelto is a blood thinner that is intended to prevent clots from forming and minimize the risk of stroke. The U.S Food and Drug Administration approved it in 2011 for use in patients who have recently had hip or knee replacement surgery, and for patients who suffer from atrial fibrillation.
How Does Xarelto Work?
Xarelto is an anti-thrombotic, which essentially means that it prevents the blood from clotting by thinning it out. Most people’s blood only begins to clot when they are injured in order to prevent excessive bleeding. However, in some cases, the blood can clot even if a person is not injured, and it can be fatal. Xarelto is intended to help prevent dangerous blood clots from forming.
Risk of Injury
Like most blood thinners, the risk of some bleeding is a common side effect. However, many patients claim that Xarelto can cause uncontrollable, fatal hemorrhaging. Since there is no available antidote for Xarelto that could reverse potential bleeding, patients also claim the drug is dangerous and defective.
What are the Risks of Xarelto?
Injuries and complications that patients claim to have suffered after taking Xarelto include:
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Reduction of hemoglobin
- Pulmonary embolism
The FDA has received reports of over 2,000 injuries linked to Xarelto, and approximately 180 deaths have been linked to the drug. Patients who have suffered severe side effects after taking Xarelto are encouraged to seek the counsel of a Florida Xarelto lawyer to learn more about their legal rights.
Many patients claim that the drug makers knew Xarelto could cause dangerous side effects, but still marketed the drug as a safe and effective anticoagulant. Other allegations include that the risks associated with Xarelto were not properly disclosed, that the public was deceived about the drug in order for significant profits to be achieved, and necessary testing of the drug was not completed before it was introduced to the market.
Other Xarelto Side Effects
The side effects that patients suffer from after taking Xarelto vary greatly. Although some patients claim to have suffered potentially fatal hemorrhaging, others have experienced less serious symptoms, such as:
- Headaches and excessive bruising
- Constant dizziness
- An inability to stop bleeding after incurring a cut or a scrape
- Vomiting or coughing up blood
- Finding blood in their urine
Injured Patients May Be Entitled to Compensation
If a drug maker fails to fulfill its duty to provide safe drugs and to warn of potential side effects that could cause harm to a patient, it could be held liable for injuries that may result. Patients who are injured after taking Xarelto may be entitled to compensation for damages that may include:
- Medical expenses
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish from an injury
- Loss of income
- Loss of ability to work
Family members of patients who may die after suffering complications from Xarelto may be entitled to compensation for the wrongful death of a loved one. Wrongful death damages can include:
- Medical expenses that can be attributed to the fatal injury
- Funeral expenses
- Pain and suffering from the loss of a loved one
If you or a loved one took Xarelto and suffered complications, including internal bleeding, contact Attorney Group for Florida for more information. You can fill out the form on this page, call us at the number listed at the top of the page, or email us at [email protected].
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