What Is Xarelto?
For decades, the tried-and-true blood thinner warfarin (Coumadin) helped prevent blood clots, lower patients’ risk of stroke, treat deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism, and address other blood and heart-related issues.
More recently, drug companies started marketing a newer class of blood thinners, including Xarelto (rivaroxaban), saying they were easier to take than warfarin. The problem with these new drugs — particularly Xarelto — is that they aren’t nearly as safe and effective as warfarin.
For example, there are times when it’s critical that your blood clot, such as when you suffer trauma that causes cuts or internal bleeding. warfarin has a simple-to-administer stopping agent, which allows physicians to quickly and easily reverse its blood-thinning properties in an emergency.
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Unlike warfarin, the effects of Xarelto can’t be reversed in an emergency. This means patients are more likely to bleed to death if they suffer serious injuries while taking Xarelto. Additionally, some Xarelto patients have complained of increased infections, wound leakage, and other problems.
Taking On Drug Companies Requires Experience and Expertise
So far, claims involving Xarelto have proved difficult to win. The drug companies are aggressively defending these cases, paying large amounts of money to hire legal teams and expert witnesses.
In three federal trials, the court sided with the drug’s manufacturers. A jury in a Pennsylvania state court awarded one Xarelto user millions of dollars, but another court later overturned the verdict. However, the story is far from over. As of early 2018, thousands of Xarelto lawsuits are still pending in state and federal courts.
At Phelan Petty, we know the tactics that drug companies use to defend against these claims, and we have the resources, experience, and connections with world-class experts needed to counter them. Because we only take a small number of cases, we can give your Xarelto case the attention and relentless dedication that it deserves.
If you’re currently taking Xarelto, talk to your doctor about its dangers immediately. And if you or a loved one suffered injuries in a bleeding event while taking Xarelto, contact us to get a free, no-risk assessment of your case from a Virginia injury attorney right away.