A Kentucky Xarelto lawsuit may be an option for patients who used the medication and developed serious health complications. Since the anticoagulant Xarelto was approved in July 2011 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, it has been linked to severe complications, including potentially life-threatening internal bleeding. Xarelto attorneys in Kentucky and other states allege that Bayer Healthcare and Janssen Pharmaceuticals failed to disclose the risks associated with Xarelto to patients.
If you or someone you love has suffered from health complications after taking Xarelto, contact Attorney Group for Kentucky to learn more about your options. We can answer your questions in a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation, and if you wish to pursue a claim, we can connect you with an affiliated Kentucky Xarelto lawsuit attorney.
What Is Xarelto?
Xarelto is a widely used blood thinner, made by Bayer and Janssen, and is approved for use in patients who have had hip or knee replacements, and patients suffering from atrial fibrillation or deep vein thrombosis.
How Does Xarelto Work?
Xarelto is designed to prevent the blood from producing clots. It is considered an anti-thrombotic and is commonly prescribed to patients who are vulnerable to dangerous blood clots, such as those who suffer from atrial fibrillation.
It is normal for the body to prevent excessive bleeding after an injury by creating clots. However, in some cases, individuals suffer from abnormal blood clot formation that can put them at increased risk of stroke or death if a clot travels through the blood stream to other parts of the body.
What are the Risks of Xarelto?
Blood thinners in general can increase the risk of some bleeding, but patients who have filed Xarelto lawsuits allege that the medication increases the risk of significant bleeding and possibly fatal hemorrhaging. Reported risks of Xarelto include:
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Pulmonary embolism
- Hemoglobin reduction
Patients who have suffered severe side effects after taking Xarelto are encouraged to seek the counsel of a Kentucky Xarelto lawyer to learn more about their legal rights.
Why a Xarelto Lawsuit?
A Kentucky Xarelto lawsuit attorney notes that lawsuits against Janssen and Bayer Healthcare claim Xarelto is a dangerous and defective drug that causes life-threatening injuries, and that the drug makers were aware of the dangers of Xarelto prior to putting it on the market. One Xarelto lawsuit alleged that the drug makers:
- Intentionally deceived the public in regard to the convenience and benefits of the drug in order to benefit their own sales
- Did not adequately warn the public of bleeding risks associated with Xarelto
- Attempted to hide their knowledge of excessive bleeding risks associated with Xarelto consumption
- Failed to undergo sufficient clinical trials prior to marketing Xarelto
With more traditional anticoagulants, such as warfarin, bleeding can be reversed with Vitamin K, but no such antidote exists for Xarelto, meaning that a potentially life-threatening bleeding event wouldn’t be able to be stopped.
Other Xarelto Side Effects
Other than alleged life-threatening side effects, Xarelto can cause a number of common side effects, including:
- Blood in urine
- Back pain
- Excessive bruising
- Copper, red or brown-colored urine
- Inflamed and bleeding gums
- Bloody stools with tarry consistency
- Excessive bleeding from minor scrapes and cuts
- Vomiting or coughing blood
How a Kentucky Xarelto Lawsuit Can Help
Drug makers can be held liable for injuries if they fail to fulfill their duty to provide safe drugs and warn of potential risks that could cause harm to patients. Patients who are injured after taking Xarelto may be entitled to compensation for a number of damages, including:
- The extent of the injury
- Medical expenses
- Loss of income
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish from an injury
If a loved one dies after taking Xarelto, family members may be entitled to wrongful death damages, including:
- Loss of companionship or financial support from a loved one
- Mental anguish from the loss of a loved one
- Medical expenses attributable to a loved one’s fatal injury
- Conscious pain and suffering of a loved one prior to death
Contact Us For More Information
If you or a loved one took Xarelto and suffered complications, contact Attorney Group for Kentucky 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].
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.
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