South Carolina Xarelto Injury Lawsuits
If you experience bleeding or a stroke after taking Xarelto, call our firm today
If you or a loved one has suffered from bleeding, a stroke, or any other negative effects form taking the blood thinner Xarelto, you may be eligible for compensation. McGowan, Hood & Felder handles dangerous drugs claims on behalf of injury victims and their families. Please contact us if you have questions, or if you would like to schedule a free consultation at one of our offices throughout South Carolina.
What is Xarelto?
Xarelto, or rivaroxaban, is an FDA-approved blood thinner that is taken orally. Because of its many uses, doctors prescribe it frequently. Some of the most common reasons Xarelto is prescribed include:
- Reducing risk of blood clots and strokes in people with atrial fibrillation
- Treating deep vein thrombosis
- Treating pulmonary embolism
- Reducing the risk of blood clots in people who have had hip or knee replacement surgery
- Reducing the risk of myocardial infarction
- Reducing the risk of stroke
The goal medical professionals have when prescribing this drug is to thin their patient’s blood to prevent blood clots, which can be fatal. While there are many positives to this drug, the possible consequences of taking it are severe.
What are some of the serious side effects of Xarelto?
Some of the most common negative side effects of Xarelto include:
- Uncontrolled internal bleeding in the stomach, intestines, or brain
- Ischemic or embolic strokes
- Pulmonary embolism
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Acute kidney injury
In the event of uncontrolled bleeding, there is no antidote for Xarelto.
FDA drug safety warnings about Xarelto
Rivaroxaban has two black box warnings, which is the most serious level of safety warning issued by the FDA. The warnings caution patients who are going to receive an epidural or undergoing a spinal tap that taking Xarelto can cause paralysis, and patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation who stop using Xarelto may increase their risk of blood clots and strokes.
Throughout the United States, thousands of people who have suffered adverse events because of Xarelto have been filing lawsuits against Bayer and Janssen Pharmaceuticals. Many of the plaintiffs in these individual lawsuits claim that the drug maker did not adequately warn the public about the inability to stop instances of uncontrolled bleeding.
There is multidistrict litigation in the Eastern District of Louisiana, which is still pending in the pretrial and discovery stages. In Philadelphia, more than 1,900 cases are awaiting trial. In one of the bellwether trials, Hartman v. Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. et al., a jury awarded Lynn Hartman $28 million in damages for her gastrointestinal bleeding injury, but that verdict was overturned. The plaintiff has filed an appeal.
The parties recently announced the creation of a $775 million settlement program to end the Xarelto litigation across the country and to resolve claims involving injuries alleged to have resulted from the use of Xarelto. If you believe you have a claim, you must act quickly.
How much is my Xarelto injury case worth?
This is a common question, but one that is impossible to answer at the beginning of a case. There are several factors such as the severity of your injury and the degree of your disability if the injury has reached maximum medical improvement. If we take your case to court, the jury will ultimately decide the amount of damages you will receive. As we review your medical expenses, lost wages, and other financial losses, we can begin to develop a better idea of what your case might be worth. What’s important is that you have a legal team at McGowan, Hood & Felder that you can trust to represent your interests and recover compensation for your injuries.
Do I really have to hire a lawyer for my drug injury case?
Litigating a drug injury case is a complex matter. Not only must you have knowledge of product liability law, you must have experience with legal procedure. Because the brunt of these cases are dependent on the medical evidence, we work with the best subject matter experts to testify about how the drug is defective and how it was the direct cause of your injury.
An experienced South Carolina product liability attorney from McGowan Hood & Felder is determined to win the maximum compensation available for you. We add value by bringing our knowledge, experience, and strategy as you go up against a strong team of defense lawyers who do everything in their power to protect the drug company’s profits.
If you or a loved one has suffered from any of these side effects, do not hesitate to get legal representation today, because in the worst-case scenarios, some users have died from taking the drug. The manufacturers of this drug failed to properly warn doctors of all the potential side effects of Xarelto, leading to doctors not being able to fully inform their patients. The patients were then not able to make fully informed decisions about whether the drug was worth the risk.
How much will it cost me to hire a Xarelto injury lawyer?
At McGowan, Hood & Felder, we take injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which simply means that we only receive attorney fees if we obtain a settlement or verdict on your behalf, so you do not have to pay legal fees upfront before you can be represented. We will pursue your case whether we settle with the drug companies or litigate it in court. You do not have to pay attorney fees if we are unable to recover compensation for you.
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When a doctor prescribes you or a loved one medication, you expect the medication to improve your health, not make it worse. If you have been negatively affected by Xarelto, contact McGowan, Hood & Felder. Call us today at 888.302.7546 or contact us to schedule a free initial consultation. We proudly serve people throughout the state and nationwide from offices in Columbia, Rock Hill, Greenville, Charleston, Sumter, and Georgetown.