If you have taken the prescription drug Xarelto and suffered negative side effects that caused you injury, you can file a lawsuit to get the financial compensation you deserve. Xarelto is a blood thinner, primarily prescribed to help prevent heart issues, Deep Vein Thrombosis, and Pulmonary Embolism. However, serious side effects are often associated with the use of Xarelto, including clots, stroke, and hemorrhaging. When a defective drug is the cause of your injuries, you have the right to file a defective products lawsuit or medical malpractice lawsuit to get the compensation you deserve.
If you or someone you love has been harmed by Xarelto, the highly experienced attorneys at Gilman & Bedigian are here to fight for you. Here, we answer frequently asked questions about the medication, as well as what to do once you have suffered injury.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Xarelto?
Xarelto is a drug developed by Janssen Pharmaceutical, which is a division of Johnson & Johnson. It is a type of blood thinner that is primarily intended to replace the commonly used blood thinner Warfarin.
2. What is Xarelto designed to treat?
Xarelto is FDA approved to treat and prevent several different conditions, including:
- reduce risk of stroke or clot in patients with non-heart valve atrial fibrillation
- deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in veins of your legs)
- pulmonary embolism (clots in lung)
- decrease risk of clot following surgery
- peripheral artery disease (PAD)
- coronary artery disease (CAD)
3. What are some of the side effects of Xarelto?
There are a number of dangerous side effects associated with the use of a blood thinner like Xarelto, including, but not limited to:
- formation of blood clots in heart
- heavy uncontrollable bleeding
- blood in stool
- frequent, severe nose bleeds
- hemorrhaging of brain, intestines, or other organs
- heavy menstrual bleeding
- back pain
- spinal blood clot (which can lead to paralysis)
- liver damage
- kidney damage
These side effects can lead to long-lasting or even permanent damage. The injuries suffered by many patients require expensive surgery, cause a great deal of pain and suffering, or even lead to death.
4. Can I sue my doctor for failing to warn me of symptoms?
You can file a medical malpractice lawsuit against a doctor who failed to properly advise and warn you of the possible side effects associated with Xarelto. Because the medicine has known risks, the doctor is required to inform you of those risks, as well has give you important medical information about how your life will change while on the drug. Failure to warn you of these side effects can be considered medical malpractice in many cases.
When a doctor commits medical malpractice, he or she should be responsible for the injuries caused by his or her failure to warn you of the potential side effects. Discuss with you attorney the facts and circumstances of your case to better understand how this may apply to you.
5. What is a defective products liability lawsuit?
When a manufacturer of a medication or drug puts a defective product into the market for people to purchase, that company should be held responsible for its actions. Defective products can cause serious injuries such as unintended side effects that may cause serious medical injury or even death. The pharmaceutical company can be held responsible for a drug when it causes harm to the patients that take it.
As issues have become known about Xarelto and its use, safety concerns have not been properly raised and warned by the maker of Xarelto, and the company has been subjected to many lawsuits as a result of harm caused by the drug.
6. Is there an antidote to Xarelto during uncontrollable bleeding?
Unlike the drug's primary predecessor Warfarin, Xarelto does not have an antidote available for when uncontrollable bleeding begins to occur. As uncontrollable bleeding is one of the most serious and common side effects, this is especially problematic. In such cases, doctors may be left with little they can do to stem the bleeding and save a person's life. This unreasonable situation can result in the death of many patients who take this prescription medication.
Many lawsuits are based upon the fact that there is no antidote available in these types of situations. If this issue has affected you or a loved one, an experienced Xarelto injury lawyer can help you and your family.
7. What experience does your firm have with Xarelto lawsuits?
Our firm is highly experienced in representing patients injured by the use of Xarelto. Our firm is also highly experienced in the area of medical malpractice law and product liability law. We understand the complicated medical issues associated with this medication, as well as how to prove that your injuries were caused by it. Our team of experts is ready to put in the time on your individual case to make sure your rights are protected.
8. What compensation can I receive?
An injured person is entitled to receive financial compensation in the form of money damages for any injuries that result from the use of Xarelto. This financial compensation may include, but is not limited to:
- cost of medical bills
- future medical costs
- rehabilitation costs
- pain and suffering
- lost wages
- loss of consortium
- damages related to loss of ability to get pregnant
- wrongful death damages
These money damages can help make you whole again and help pay for the costs you have incurred already, as well as any future costs as well. You also deserve compensation for any lost work, as well as money damages for the pain and suffering you were forced to go through. You should not be on the hook for the costs of your injuries—only the responsible party should be.
Xarelto Lawyers in Philadelphia
When Xarelto causes you harm, you are entitled to bring a medical malpractice and/or products liability claim to receive financial compensation. The experienced attorneys at Gilman & Bedigian have the knowledge and years of practice to fight for your rights.
Contact us online or call our law office at (800) 529-6162 for a free consultation.