Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is a new blood-thinning drug that has been linked to hundreds of injuries and deaths since it was approved in 2011. Over 80 lawsuits have already been filed and centralized in one federal court in Louisiana.
What You Can Do & How a Xarelto Lawsuit Can Help
Adams Law Group, LLC is currently accepting Xarelto induced injury cases. If you or somebody you know was injured by severe bleeding, you should us immediately for a free case consultation. Please contact us at (205) 414-7421.
What is the problem?
Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is a blood-thinning drug (anticoagulant) that is used to treat blood clots, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and pulmonary embolisms. It has been sold by Bayer HealthCare and Janssen Pharmaceuticals since 2011.
Xarelto is the second FDA-approved drug in a new generation of anticoagulants that are marketed as alternatives to warfarin. Warfarin has been a mainstay of anticoagulation therapy since the 1950s, but it is a problematic drug that requires frequent dosage adjustments and dietary restrictions. Unlike warfarin, Xarelto is an easy-to-use pill taken once or twice a day.
When Xarelto hit the market, it had no reversal agent — although one may have been discovered in January 2014. In comparison, Coumadin (warfarin) can be reversed with a dose of Vitamin K.
In a traumatic accident, emergency surgery, or during a cerebral hemorrhage (bleeding in the brain), doctors may struggle to stop bleeding in a patient on Xarelto. Some studies have also linked Xarelto to a higher risk of uncontrollable bleeding for acutely ill patients. Lawsuits accuse Bayer and Janssen of downplaying the bleeding risks of Xarelto.
In December 2014, a panel of federal judges centralized dozens of Xarelto lawsuits into a Multi-District Litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, overseen by Judge Eldon E. Fallon. Within three weeks, 80 lawsuits were transferred into the litigation.
Like a class action, the MDL process improves efficiency, reduces costs, and helps a large number of people with similar legal claims. Unlike a class action, however, each plaintiff has their own attorney, lawsuits remain independent, and each case can have its own outcome.
As the litigation proceeds, it is possible that certain cases will be selected for “bellwether” trials. The outcome of these trials often helps expedite settlements or other resolutions for lawsuits with similar legal issues.
Do I have a Xarelto Lawsuit?
Adams Law Group, LLC is currently accepting Xarelto induced injury cases. If you or somebody you know was injured, you should contact us immediately for a free case consultation. Please call us at (205) 414-7421.