Have you or a loved one suffered uncontrolled bleeding or another serious side effect while taking the anticoagulant drug Xarelto? Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) is a blood thinner medication used to treat a variety of different conditions such as arrhythmia, pulmonary embolism, stroke and deep vein thrombosis (DVT). It’s also used to prevent potentially deadly blood clots in patients who’ve recently undergone a hip or knee replacement procedure. But the drug’s side effects can be devastating and even deadly. Unlike other blood thinner drugs, Xarelto has no antidote or reversal agent.
At the Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A., our Orlando attorneys are available to represent clients who have suffered damaging or fatal Xarelto side effects. Our legal team will work to get you the compensation you deserve for your pain, suffering, medical bills and other losses.
If you’re in search of an experienced Xarelto lawyer who will look after your interests as you seek out compensation, turn to the world class legal team at the Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A. Our Florida lawyers are available to speak with you in a private, no-cost consultation session. But you must act immediately because the law limits the amount of time you have to file a Xarelto claim. Don’t miss out on an opportunity for justice! Call the Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A. at 407-422-2188.
Common Questions About Xarelto, MDL Proceedings and Product Liability Lawsuits for Dangerous Drugs
Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2011, Xarelto is a “new generation” blood thinner that was marketed as a more convenient alternative to warfarin, which requires regular blood monitoring and dietary changes.
Xarelto has reportedly been linked to numerous deaths from uncontrolled bleeding, also called hemorrhaging. And those who survive an uncontrolled bleeding incident require intensive medical care in order to recover, leading to significant medical bills and other financial losses. An individual may also experience mental and emotional distress.
At the Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A., our Orlando attorneys receive lots of questions concerning Xarelto, which is manufactured by Bayer Healthcare and marketed by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceuticals. The following is an overview of some of the more common questions that we address on this topic.
What are the Most Common Xarelto Side Effects?
The side effects of Xarelto are very serious and potentially fatal. They include pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in the lungs), a stroke or severe and uncontrollable bleeding. This bleeding may be external or internal.
Uncontrolled internal bleeding can arise in many different areas of the body, including the rectum, intestinal tract, stomach, the spinal cord or even the brain. External bleeding may also occur, typically due to an injury. Older individuals tend to be at a higher risk of fatal bleeding from Xarelto.
Is There a Xarelto Antidote?
There currently is no antidote or reversal agent for Xarelto, which is part of what makes this medication so potentially dangerous. In fact, many have claimed that it was irresponsible for the drug manufacturer to release the medication without a reversal agent available.
The effects of another new generation blood thinner drug, Pradaxa, can be reversed with a new drug called Praxbind, approved by the FDA in October 2015. Prior to this, the anticoagulant medication’s effects could be halted using dialysis. Even the older blood thinner drug, warfarin, is reversible using vitamin K infusions.
What Are Some of the Most Common Xarelto Claims in Lawsuits?
A Xarelto lawsuit may be filed on a number of different grounds, such as failure to properly warn patients about the risk of uncontrollable bleeding, including internal bleeding that could be fatal due to the lack of reversal options.
In addition, some Xarelto lawsuits have claimed that the drug was poorly designed (presumably due to the lack of a reversal agent). Others have argued that the drug company failed to update the medication’s warning label in a timely manner to reflect the risk of potentially fatal bleeding and hemorrhaging.
Claims of deceptive and misleading advertising have also surfaced.
What Kind of Compensation Could I Receive if I File a Xarelto Lawsuit?
A lawsuit may be filed in an attempt to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages due to Xarelto side effects and complications, and in cases where the drug’s effects are fatal, funeral and burial expenses. You may also seek out compensation for loss of consortium and loss of future earnings in the case of a deceased spouse, for instance.
Additionally, individuals have been successful in recovering compensation for emotional and mental distress arising from the blood thinner drug’s dangerous side effects or the distress that results from losing a family member to a hemorrhage, stroke or other complication and side effects while on Xarelto.
An experienced Xarelto lawyer will consider these and other factors when determining the dollar amount that will be sought in your claim.
What is the Xarelto MDL?
Xarelto is currently the subject of federal multi-district litigation or MDL proceedings. Referred to as MDL 2592, Judge Eldon E. Fallon is presiding over the court proceedings in the Eastern District of Louisiana federal court.
MDL proceedings are designed to streamline the discovery process and other pre-trial proceedings in cases that share lots of common facts. Each case may be tried or settled individually. The MDL process also includes Bellwether trials, which are more or less “test” cases that can be used to determine the general viability of the MDL cases. The outcome of Bellwether trials can help the involved parties decide how they would like to proceed with the remaining cases. For instance, in a situation where the Bellwether trials all lead to verdicts in favor of the plaintiff, the defendant may opt to settle out of court rather than pursuing hundreds or thousands of trials that would be challenging to win.
A Xarelto lawsuit may be added to the MDL or pursued in state court. Currently, there are over 4,500 Xarelto claims condensed into MDL 2592.
How Much Will It Cost to Get a Florida Lawyer to Handle My Xarelto Lawsuit?
At the Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A., our attorneys typically accept this type of case on a contingency basis, meaning that there is no up-front retainer fee required. Rather, our attorneys take a percentage of the funds recovered, whether it’s via a settlement or an in-court award. Since each individual’s settlement or jury award is different, the precise dollar figure for legal fees varies as well.
Turn to Our Experienced Orlando Attorneys for Help With Your Xarelto Claim
At the Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A., our practice is committed to you and your case. We believe in a client-centric approach to all that we do, keeping you, our client, informed and involved throughout the proceedings. Our Orlando law firm is known for a personalized approach to law. After all, each case is unique so it’s essential that your attorney works to gain a complete understanding of you, your needs and your objectives.
In addition to handling cases involving dangerous drugs and medical devices, our attorneys also handle litigation and settlements for personal injury lawsuits, medical malpractice cases, wrongful death claims, workers’ compensation cases and premises liability claims, among others.
If you’re considering a product liability lawsuit or other legal action, you must contact our attorneys straight away. The law places a limit on how long you have to file a claim.
At the Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A., our experienced Orlando lawyers are available to discuss your case in a free, confidential consultation session. Call 407-422-2188.