A Texas woman has filed a lawsuit in the federal court of the Eastern District of New York against the makers of Xarelto, a new class of blood thinner. In it, she alleges that she sustained serious injuries, signs of internal bleeding due to the company’s failure to warn her about the potential risks of using the drug and that the company failed to conduct safety testing that was sufficient before placing the blood thinner on the market. Her lawsuit is similar to many others filed against Janssen and Bayer AG. The case is listed under the federal court docket number 1:14-CV-04524 and is available in its entirety to read below.
December 7, 2015 – BloodThinnerHelp.com reports that a Texas woman has filed a lawsuit in the Eastern District of New York alleging that Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer AG, the manufacturers of Xarelto, failed to provide sufficient warnings to consumers about the potential risk of the signs of internal bleeding with this blood thinner. In federal court, the latest complaint was filed under 1:14-CV-04524.
The lawsuit contains details about how the drug was prescribed to treat a condition known as atrial fibrillation. This condition can cause strokes due to blood clots. As a preventative measure, cases of this type are commonly treated with blood thinners. However, just five months after taking the blood thinner, she experienced an internal bleed that was life threatening. While the complaint does not specify much of the details of the injury, it does state that specialized care will be required due to long tern health effects that occurred as a consequence of the bleed.
After the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Xarelto in 2011, it was released to the market for prescription. Initially, the new drug was regarded as an option that was revolutionary, because it did not require a special diet, adjustments by physicians, or regular monitoring. However, once consumers realized that there was no antidote, this early excitement was short lived. Currently, it is seen by many to be the market’s most dangerous blood thinner.
Because there is no antidote, if a patient taking Xarelto begins to show the signs of internal bleeding after an injury, there is no way to get the blood to clot by countering the effects of the drug. In order to keep the patient alive when this happens, blood transfusions and other extreme measures to save their life must be used. In addition, operations are sometimes necessary when pools of blood develop in the spine or brain in order to relieve the built up pressure in the body by draining the blood.
Vitamin K provides an antidote for traditional blood thinners. Because of this, the effects of the traditional blood thinner are counteracted and blood clots can form when an injury occurs. It is the difference between living and dying in these cases.
Federally, there have been about 2,000 cases filed against Xarelto for bleeding that cannot be controlled. In the Eastern District of Louisiana, the Honorable Judge Eldon Fallon is overseeing the consolidation of these cases in Multidistrict litigation number 2To 592. Attorney Joseph Osborne is working to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to evaluate their legal rights if they were affected by Xarelto as these cases are prepared for trial. There may be a significant compensation for individuals who suffered adverse health effects and any signs of internal bleeding due to using Xarelto. To those involved, free legal consultations are available from attorney Osborne.
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Xarelto is a blood thinning medication that is often prescribed since it was believed to be an efficient way to treat and prevent blood clots. Xarelto is also known as Rivaroxaban and comes in 10, 15 or 20 milligrams tablets. If you are prescribed Xarelto or a relative took this medication, you should be able to obtain compensation through the class action settlements since this medication was found to lead to serious health complications.
Xarelto was typically prescribed to patients who had a high risk of forming blood clots due to irregular heartbeat, a condition known as atrial fibrillation. A lot of patients who underwent hip or knee replacement surgery were prescribed this medication to prevent blood clots from forming in the hip or knee area as a result of the surgery. Xarelto was also prescribed to treat conditions such as pulmonary embolism.
This medication works by changing the way blood coagulates. This is a good way to prevent blood clots from appearing for patients who are at risk for this health issue but taking Xarelto can lead to some serious complications since this medication can cause uncontrolled bleeding.
There are some serious side effects associated with taking Xarelto. These side effects include frequent nose bleeds, swelling, fatigue, heavy and prolonged menstrual flows, heavy bleeding when a cut occurs, bleeding of the gums, bruising, difficulty swallowing and finding blood in one’s vomit, urine or stools. Severe allergic reactions can also occur, which are typically characterized by swelling, chest tightness and a rash.
Xarelto is dangerous because it prevents blood from coagulating. This means a patient can lose enough blood to be in a life-threatening condition if an injury occurs near an organ. Because the blood cannot coagulate, pools of blood can accumulate inside of the patient’s system and lead to other complications, including liver damage. And since blood cannot coagulate, severe bleeding can lead to blood flow being completely cut from an organ. An important organ like the brain, the heart or the lungs can lose some of its ability to properly function if blood flow is cut for too long.
More importantly, this uncontrollable bleeding can result in death if the patient does not have access to an emergency room. This is why taking Xarelto is dangerous and a class action lawsuit has been filed so that patients who took the medication or people who lost a loved one due to the dangerous side effects of this drug can receive class action settlements.
A class action lawsuit is filed when a large number of individual lawsuits against the same entity exist and have been filed for the same reason. Class action lawsuits are usually filed in situations where a large number of people qualify for class action settlements but processing individual lawsuits would be time-consuming and expensive. There are more than 1,600 different lawsuits filed against the company that distributed Xarelto, and these lawsuits have been consolidated into one large class action lawsuit in Louisiana. There is also another class action lawsuit filed against this company in Canada.
You can take part in this class action lawsuit if you were prescribed this drug or if a loved one took it.
Joining the patients and families of patients who took this medication in the class action settlements means you will receive compensation if the Louisiana court rules that the drug company behind Xarelto failed to properly warn patients against the risks associated with taking this blood thinner. And given the high number of individuals lawsuits that were filed and the terrifying implications of the side effects that resulted from taking this drug, it seems very likely that plaintiffs would be granted compensation once all the evidence is reviews by the court.
Taking part in a class action lawsuit means you no longer have the right to file an individual lawsuit for the same complaint. However, you will not have to pay any attorney fees and will not have to go through the entire filing process since the lawsuit has already been filed. You should definitely consider taking part in the class action settlements if you took the medication, especially if you suffered from any of the side effects or lost a loved one.