New Jersey Xarelto Lawsuits
Our Experienced NJ Xarelto Injury Lawyers Can Help Recover Compensation for Bleeding, Strokes and Other Complications Caused by the Blood Thinner Xarelto
Most patients who have taken Xarelto were prescribed the drug in order to protect them from certain side effects and issues stemming from a more major medical issue, such as a surgery. Discovering that Xarelto itself—the drug that was supposed to help you recover—actually caused a more severe injury or illness can leave you feeling confused and angry, as well as wondering who can be held accountable for your suffering. A medication error can lead to very serious consequences for you or a loved one, and is one of the more serious forms of medical malpractice.
These feelings are understandable, but if you’ve suffered from the side effects of Xarelto, you are not alone. Thousands of patients report serious side effects of Xarelto every single year—in fact, the claims are becoming so widespread that you have likely seen reports of Xarelto class action lawsuits on TV. Although the more minor side effects of Xarelto usually do not justify legal action, our attorneys can help evaluate whether you have a strong case for recovering monetary compensation from the drug manufacturers that produced this potentially dangerous drug. Blume Forte has been handling drug manufacturing error cases in New Jersey for years, contact us today for a free consultation.
If you became sick and believe your illnesses can be tied to Xarelto, contact the Xarelto injury lawyers for a no-cost consultation to evaluate your case today.
Evaluating Whether You Have a Strong Xarelto Lawsuit in New Jersey
Consulting with a Xarelto injury lawyer is key to pursuing a class action or individual lawsuit, but most patients with strong claims have both:
- Used Xarelto in pill form, taken orally, when the dosage was 10mg, 15mg or 20mg—regardless of the time period over which the drug was taken, and
- Suffered from a hemorrhagic stroke, internal bleeding or other severe medical complication either while taking the drug, or shortly after taking Xarelto.
If both of these statements apply to you, you may have the right to recover compensation for all of the pain and suffering you have experienced, as well as economic compensation for your inability to work, medical bills, future rehabilitative care and any related expenses. Major drug manufacturers like Bayer and Johnson & Johnson have earned a fortune from selling Xarelto—a recent report showed that Bayer made over $3 billion and Johnson & Johnson made over $2 billion in 2016 from Xarelto alone.
At Blume Forte our skilled team of Xarelto injury lawyers believe you have the right to compensation if you have suffered because of using Xarelto. Our lawyers are here to provide a free evaluation of your case, and will explain all of your options for pursuing full and fair financial compensation from drug companies that have made billions at your expense.
What Does Xarelto Do?
The medical term for the drug Xarelto is rivaroxaban. Xarelto is actually the brand name of the version of this drug manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, which is owned by Johnson & Johnson. Xarelto is a blood thinner, also known as an anticoagulant. Blood thinners are commonly used to prevent the blood from clotting in situations where a blood clot is more likely to form and cause complications itself. Drugs like Xarelto can also be used to treat a previously existing blood clot.
Doctors often prescribe Xarelto for patients who are suffering from a medical condition or surgery that requires a period of immobility during the recovery process because the need to remain immobile can increase the risk of blood clots. Patients suffering from a heart condition called atrial fibrillation might also take Xarelto, because the condition increases the patient’s risk of developing blood clots. Knee and hip replacement patients are often prescribed Xarelto to aid in their post-surgical recovery.
Risks and Complications Caused by Xarelto
Although blood clotting is perfectly normal and necessary in most situations, sometimes blood clots can form and cause dangerous complications, such as when:
- A blood clot prevents blood flow to the lungs by blocking the pulmonary arteries (a condition commonly known as a pulmonary embolism),
- A blood clot develops in one of the deep veins in the leg, which can lead to a pulmonary embolism or move throughout the body to cause other problems (a condition known as deep vein thrombosis),
- A blood clot prevents blood flow to the brain, causing a stroke.
Taking a blood thinner can prevent some of these severe conditions from occurring, but the drug Xarelto can lead to bleeding, stroke and other severe complications. Xarelto can also cause complications that make it more difficult and time-consuming for surgical patients to recover when Xarelto is prescribed to help with surgeries such as knee and hip replacements. These patients are especially susceptible to developing blood clots because of the necessary post-surgery lack of mobility. Xarelto use can cause:
- Severe internal bleeding, including bleeding in the kidneys, lungs, pancreas, stomach and brain
- Bleeding in the joints
- Bleeding of the eyes
- Hemorrhagic strokes, which are often deadly
- Subarachnoid hemorrhages
- Ruptured aneurysms
- Subdural hematomas, where blood collects between the brain and its covering
- Post-surgical wound problems involving infection and swelling, which may require additional surgeries to correct
The reason these complications are magnified for Xarelto users is that there is no way to reverse the effects of Xarelto. Most traditional blood thinners can be reversed by using Vitamin K, but because Xarelto functions differently, this reversal method is ineffective.
Xarelto can also lead to less severe complications, such as:
- Bleeding and sensitive gums
- Bruising easily
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Unusually severe bleeding from minor cuts
- Tingling sensations in the limbs
While these more minor side effects may not be serious in and of themselves, they can potentially lead to more serious issues for patients taking Xarelto.
A Skilled Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help You Pursue a Xarelto Lawsuit in NJ
Many patients who were prescribed Xarelto had no meaningful knowledge of the potential severity of the Xarelto side effects when they began taking the drug. Despite this, the complications from taking Xarelto can be severe, painful and require expensive treatment to address the new medical problems caused by the drug. In some cases, Xarelto use can even lead to death. Patients suffering from Xarelto complications may also be unable to return to work, meaning that the expenses of treating the drug complications can cause a lot of financial insecurity for injured patients.
Big drug manufacturers like Johnson & Johnson have teams of lawyers and insurance professionals working to prevent Xarelto lawsuits from succeeding, but patients all over the country are pursuing claims for fair compensation following Xarelto complications. An experienced Xarelto injury lawyer has many avenues available to fight for your right to compensation, including claims that the drug manufacturers inappropriately marketed the drug as safer than other drug thinners. In reality, the fact that Xarelto lacks an antidote can actually make it significantly more dangerous than more traditional blood thinners.
Contact Our NJ Offices to Schedule a Consultation Today
At Blume Forte, our skilled team of Xarelto injury lawyers can help you evaluate the best course of action for pursuing your right to compensation. In some cases, a class action or multidistrict case where multiple Xarelto victims ban together to fight for compensation may be an option. Other cases will require individual litigation to establish your right to compensatory damages.
If you have taken Xarelto and suffered an injury, contact our offices to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case today. Even if you are uncertain whether your case will succeed, our lawyers are here to help you evaluate your chances of success—and our no-cost process means that you have nothing to lose by trying. Blume Forte has offices conveniently located in Chatham, Jersey City, Sea Girt and North Bergen, New Jersey.
FAQ: Why would my doctor prescribe Xarelto if it is so harmful?
In some cases, use of a blood thinner is medically necessary. Xarelto is different from traditional blood thinners like warfarin and enoxaparin, which usually work with the vitamin K in the patient’s body to help prevent blood clots. Instead, Xarelto relies upon interaction between the drug and an enzyme known as Factor Xa to prevent clots, and is a relatively new form of treatment. Xarelto users are not required to restrict their intake of foods that are high in vitamin K, such as spinach and other leafy greens. Xarelto is therefore marketed as allowing patients more freedom during their recovery process, despite the fact that Xarelto can have severe adverse consequences and does interact negatively with many other drugs—including drugs as common as aspirin.
FAQ: Why might I be able to recover compensation in NJ if my doctor had no choice but to prescribe a blood thinner?
Your doctor has the choice between several types of blood thinners, but the primary theory behind most Xarelto lawsuits is that the drug manufacturers marketed a dangerous drug, and subsequently told doctors that this drug was safer or better than alternative drugs. Drug manufacturers, like other product manufacturers, have a legal duty to provide full and adequate warnings with respect to drugs that can cause serious side effects, and failing to comply with that legal duty gives injured patients the right to compensation.
The articles on this page are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney/client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.