Xarelto is the most-prescribed blood thinner in America. It’s also the centerpiece of hundreds of lawsuits from patients who have suffered uncontrollable bleeding, strokes, deep vein thrombosis, and death of loved ones. These lawsuits claim that Xarelto’s manufacturer, Janssen/Bayer, is guilty of negligence on a number of counts, from inadequate warning labels to creating a product that poses an unreasonable risk of injury. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries after taking Xarelto, come to the Atlanta product liability attorneys at Kaufman Law, P.C.
Xarelto, or rivaroxaban, is a blood thinner drug. It works by blocking certain blood clotting substances. Doctors may prescribe Xarelto for patients with a risk of blood clots – particularly, deep vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT can result in blood clots in the lungs, or pulmonary embolism. The risk of DVT increases after some types of surgeries. Xarelto can lower the risk of blood clots and strokes in people with heart rhythm disorders. The manufacturers of Xarelto recommend it for people with atrial fibrillation, risk of stroke, DVT, and those who have recently had knee or hip replacement surgery.
Janssen/Bayer warns patients against taking Xarelto if they take other medications that increase the risk of bleeding. Warning labels on the packaging state that stopping Xarelto can increase the risk of stroke. It also warns that Xarelto can cause serious bleeding that “rarely, may lead to death.” Ongoing lawsuits regarding Xarelto claim that the manufacturer failed to give an adequate warning of the possibility of irreversible bleeding, stroke, and death. The Institute for Safe Medication Practices classifies Xarelto as one of the most dangerous drugs on the market for this reason.
After taking Xarelto, some patients may experience adverse and even life-threatening side effects. While every prescription drug comes with possible side effects, it is the manufacturer’s duty to properly warn consumers of these possibilities. Lawsuits against Janssen/Bayer claim that the company failed to warn of serious issues that have since led to patient injury, illness, and death. Some of the most serious side effects connected with Xarelto include:
Xarelto became so popular because its makeup eliminated the need for weekly blood test routines – an inconvenience of taking other blood thinners. Yet the same thing that made Xarelto attractive is what makes it potentially deadly. This drug has a very low therapeutic index, meaning it can easily become toxic. Overdose can occur easily. No antidote exists for Xarelto, making bleeding events often fatal. Other blood thinners, such as Warfarin, can be countered by reliable strategies to stop hemorrhaging.
Consumers have suffered serious injuries and even died after taking Xarelto. Many patients and surviving family members are demanding compensation from Janssen/Bayer for allegedly causing these harms. Janssen/Bayer marketed the drug as one that gave patients more freedom compared with other blood thinners. Advertisements praised Xarelto for its “one-size-fits-all” dosages, no need for blood monitoring, and lack of dietary restrictions. The company never explained that the lack of blood test monitoring can expose patients to unnecessary risks of harm.
Many plaintiffs and their attorneys are standing against Janssen/Bayer for overstating the safety and effectiveness of Xarelto as a blood thinning medication. Plaintiffs assert that Janssen/Bayer cared only for the profitability of the drug, and not the wellbeing of consumers. There were so many cases against Janssen/Bayer for Xarelto-related harms that the U.S. Judicial Panel consolidated them into a multidistrict litigation, or mass tort. Plaintiffs from around the country can join this tort for the chance at compensation from the drug manufacturer.
In Georgia, there are a few different statutes of limitations that could restrict how long a plaintiff has to file a Xarelto claim. The statutes of limitations for personal injury and negligence claims are two years from the date of injury, or the date of discovery of injury (whichever is first). The window for product liability claims also spans two years from the date of injury. Wrongful death lawsuits can be filed up two years from the date of death. Exceptions to these deadlines exist in certain circumstances. For example, product liability cases involving failure to warn may have deadlines up to four years. Speak to an attorney about specific deadlines in your particular case.
Xarelto has been linked to patient deaths from uncontrollable bleeding and strokes. If your loved one has died from health problems that relate to the potential risks and side effects of Xarelto, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim on his or her behalf. Georgia Code Section 51-4-2 permits a hierarchy of surviving family members to file wrongful death claims. The first party with this right is the surviving spouse of the deceased person. If there are minor children in the relationship, the spouse must file on behalf of them as well.
If no spouse exists, the ability to file falls to the surviving parent or parents of the deceased. Finally, the personal representative of the estate may file on behalf of the decedent’s beneficiaries. The courts may name a personal representative if the deceased did not leave a will or estate plan naming this individual. If your spouse or child died after taking Xarelto, or if you are the personal representative of the person’s estate, you may file a lawsuit against the company on behalf of the deceased. Your family could recover for many types of damages, including those the decedent suffered prior to death.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Xarelto for use as a blood thinner. There is currently no recall on Xarelto by the FDA, Janssen/Bayer, or another organization, despite its connections with patient injuries and deaths. However, the FDA has issued several warnings regarding Xarelto over the years. There have been two black box warnings, which is the most serious type short of a recall. A black box warning means that there is evidence of harms associated with the medication. Most consumers remain in the dark about the dangers of the drug, which is still on shelves around America.
Going up against Janssen or Bayer for Xarelto-related injuries or deaths is no easy task. These are large corporations with plenty of resources available for lawsuits. There are already dozens of cases involving Xarelto in motion. As an injured party or surviving family member, you may have the right to join these actions. If you think you have grounds for a claim regarding the drug Xarelto, retain an attorney for representation. You may be eligible for payment for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and funeral/burial expenses depending on the circumstances of your claim.
The legal team at Kaufman Law, P.C. has experience representing clients in mass torts against drug manufacturers. We know what it takes to prove product liability cases on a large scale. Our team operates out of Atlanta, but can represent clients from around the country in Xarelto cases. Let us keep you informed about upcoming trial dates, prior rulings, and your legal opportunities after suffering damages from Xarelto. Working with our team can take the burden off of your shoulders, so you can focus on recovering from your injuries or a death in the family. Get in touch with us today for a free consultation.