It can be extremely disheartening to find out that a medication or product you have been using is actually doing more harm than good.
Unfortunately, that’s the experience that many patients who were prescribed Xarelto are having right now. There are numerous injury lawsuits filed in U.S. District Courts around the country, and a panel of federal judges has recommended that all of these cases be coordinated in multidistrict litigation to address concerns about the blood thinner.
The purpose of recommending a case for multidistrict litigation is to limit duplicate discovery in different courts, overall inefficiencies, and contradictory pretrial rulings. This tends to happen in injury lawsuits where numerous people around the country are filing as a result of injuries they have sustained.
The Xarelto case is just the latest, with dozens of cases involving claims from patients that report problems like hemorrhages, wrongful death, hemorrhagic strokes, and uncontrollable internal bleeding.
It’s expected that the number of cases currently being transferred into multidistrict litigation as a result of damages and injuries from Xarelto is just the beginning; many attorneys in the field feel that there will be thousands of cases transferred there in the future.
If settlements are not reach during coordinated pretrial proceedings under the umbrella of multidistrict litigation, every individual claim would ultimately have to be sent back to the U.S. District Court where it was filed, to wait for a future separate trial date.
Xarelto was approved in 2011, and the product is one of the most recent blood thinners on the market. Manufactured by Bayer and marketed under the Johnson & Johnson name, one of the most dangerous side effects is uncontrolable bleeding.
If you are a patient who has suffered as a result of taking Xarelto, you may be entitled to compensation through the filing of a personal injury lawsuit. Some of the damages that might be covered in compensation include:
Payment for emotional distress from caring for a loved one who has suffered injuries or medical problems as a result of the medication
Financial hardship caused by lost wages, emergency room visits, and ongoing care
The financial burden of funeral expenses.
Many of the lawsuits pending the move to multidistrict litigation allege that the defendant company concealed critical safety information and failed to test the drug comprehensively before putting it onto the market for patient use.
If you have been taking Xarelto and have unexplained side effects, don’t stop taking the drug without first speaking with your doctor.
If you are concerned about current or past symptoms that could be related to taking Xarelto, we offer a free, no-obligation consultation and evaluation of your case. Call us today at 1-800-489-5082, or fill out our simple form and we will contact you within 24 hours. Don’t wait too late to receive the justice that you deserve.
By: Kay Van Wey | February 8th, 2016