Johnson City Xarelto Lawyers
Did you or someone close to you suffer from harmful side effects after taking the drug Xarelto? If so, you could be owed significant compensation from the drug’s manufacturer. The Law Offices of Seaton & Bates, PLLC represent people who suffered harm due to Xarelto and other dangerous drugs, and we’re here to make sure that you get justice.
Xarelto is a blood thinner intended to prevent blood clotting. The United States Food and Drug Administration warns that people with an irregular heartbeat who take Xarelto are at increased risk of blood clotting in the heart. The FDA also cautions that Xarelto can cause bleeding, which may lead to death in some cases.
Did you or your loved one suffer severe injuries after using Xarelto in the Johnson City area of Tennessee? You could be entitled to compensation for all your medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages. Our team of pharmaceutical litigation lawyers has been helping victims and families throughout Upper East Tennessee since 1984. Our attorneys can provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case when you call (423) 282-1041 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.
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Reuters reported that a jury awarded $1.8 million in compensatory damages and $26 million in punitive damages to a couple who sued Bayer AG and Johnson & Johnson after the woman was hospitalized with severe gastrointestinal bleeding. One month later, Judge Michael Erdos of the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas overturned the verdict.
According to Reuters, the trial was the first of about 1,400 pending Xarelto cases in the Philadelphia court system, and one of approximately 21,400 that Johnson & Johnson claimed were pending in federal and state courts. In June 2018, Forbes reported that Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer Corp. were unbeaten at trial, and attorneys for the companies stated that there could be no failure to warn of excessive bleeding when the label for Xarelto specifically mentions bleeding over 70 times.
Proving a Xarelto injury claim can be exceptionally challenging. You will want to make sure that you are working with an experienced attorney who can collect the most persuasive evidence for your case.
Having legal representation before you speak to any insurance company is critical. Insurers will offer victims lump-sum settlements to resolve their cases, but those sums are rarely enough to cover the staggering future costs a victim will face.
Why Choose the Law Offices of Seaton & Bates, PLLC to Handle My Case?
Tony Seaton has received an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, a peer rating denoting the highest level of professional excellence. He is also a board-certified specialist in Civil Trial Practice with more than 30 years of legal experience.
Robert Bates has a record of success that includes a $600,000 settlement in one case filed against a large corporation. He also obtained a large jury verdict in a case where he went up against one of the best defense attorneys in the state.
The Law Offices of Seaton & Bates, PLLC work as a team so that you will have multiple lawyers handling your case. Our firm will also make it a point to maintain constant communication with you, so you are always in the loop and fully aware of everything that is happening in your case.
Our firm also handles these cases on a contingency fee basis, so you will not be responsible for paying us anything until you get a financial award. We will file a lawsuit whenever settlement negotiations are not likely to produce satisfactory compensation.
Types of Xarelto Cases We Handle
Xarelto use has been associated with a wide variety of possible side effects. Some of the most common include but are not limited to:
- Arm or leg pain
- Bleeding from the lungs
- Bleeding gums
- Bleeding in the abdomen, stomach, or intestines
- Bloody, black, or tar-like bowel movements
- Blurry vision
- Brain hemorrhaging
- Brown, red, or pink urine
- Colon and rectal bleeding
- Coughing up blood
- Decreased blood platelets
- Difficulty breathing
- Difficulty moving legs or feet
- Epidermal hematoma
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Liver dysfunction
- Pain, swelling, or new drainage at wound sites
- Peripheral edema
- Pulmonary embolism
- Spinal bleeding
- Spinal epidural hematoma
- Stevens-Johnson syndrome
- Unusually heavy menstrual periods
- Vomiting blood
Defendants in Xarelto cases are often successful in having plaintiffs’ claims dismissed when the claim is filed outside the statute of limitations. Under Tennessee Code § 28-3-104(a)(1)(B), a civil action alleging injury to the person of an individual needs to be filed within one year of the date that an injury occurs or the date that the injury is discovered.
Companies being sued over Xarelto will often claim that a victim’s use of Xarelto was more than one year ago, using this to have their claims dismissed. Keep in mind that different statutes of limitations can apply in these cases.
For example, when you are filing a Xarelto lawsuit claiming your loved one was killed by Xarelto, the limitations period for a wrongful death claim begins on the date of a person’s death, not the date that they suffered their injury. In other words, a person could die from Xarelto injuries several months or even years after they began taking the drug.
In any case, you cannot afford to wait to seek legal representation. You will want to have an attorney working on your case as soon as possible to begin an independent investigation and go through all the evidence to begin preparing your legal action.
Some people may suffer Xarelto injuries during or shortly after taking a drug. You should contact a lawyer as soon as you experience any kind of bleeding in your stomach, bladder, brain, eyes, arteries, lungs, kidneys, intestines, esophagus, pancreas, or any other area of your body.
Frequently Asked Questions About Xarelto
If you took Xarelto and experienced harmful side-effects as a direct result, you likely have many questions about your rights and legal options. Contact one of our experienced Xarelto side effect lawyers at (423) 282-1041 to discuss the specifics of your case. Below are some general answers to some frequently asked questions about Xarelto side effects.
In most cases, a Xarelto action is usually filed against the drug’s manufacturer. There may be other liable parties in some cases. A doctor could be liable for your injuries if they prescribed Xarelto without recognizing how it might conflict with your existing medications or the effects the drug would have on you. In other cases, a pharmacy could be liable for dispensing an incorrect dosage. You will want to make sure you have an attorney for help determining all the possible liable parties in your case, as it may be possible to name more than one defendant.
No. You should never stop taking any prescribed drug without first speaking to your doctor. If you have concerns about the possible effects of Xarelto, you should first discuss your issues with your physician to ensure that your health is not compromised. Some doctors may be able to prescribe safer blood thinners. A person who stops using Xarelto without first talking to their doctor can risk other health consequences.
A class action lawsuit is a single legal claim that involves multiple plaintiffs. Multidistrict litigation is a group of multiple lawsuits that are consolidated into a single court to streamline court proceedings. A class-action settlement or verdict is split among all plaintiffs, but MDL cases involve individual settlements or verdicts. Xarelto and many other pharmaceutical claims are handled through MDL.
The website ClinCalc.com reported that the number of rivaroxaban prescriptions has steadily risen since 2012. Those numbers include:
- 2012 — 735,697 rivaroxaban prescriptions
- 2013 — 1,901,597 rivaroxaban prescriptions
- 2014 — 3,776,704 rivaroxaban prescriptions
- 2015 — 5,563,073 rivaroxaban prescriptions
- 2016 — 7,058,562 rivaroxaban prescriptions
Rivaroxaban was the 105th most frequently prescribed medication in 2016; it had been ranked 131st in 2015 and 174th in 2014.
A study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information found that among 1,776 rivaroxaban patients enrolled between October 1, 2011, and December 31, 2013, 762 (42.9 percent) reported 1,082 bleeding events during or within three days of their last intake of rivaroxaban. These events broke down such that 58.9 percent were minor, 35.0 percent were nonmajor clinically relevant, and 6.1 percent involved major bleeding.
Surgical or interventional treatment was needed in 37.8 percent, and prothrombin complex concentrate was required in 9.1 percent of cases of significant bleeding. The study found that case fatality rates of bleeding leading to hospitalizations were 5.1 percent at day 30 and 6.3 percent at day 90 after bleeding.
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices reported that injuries and fatalities attributed to Xarelto in 2016 increased more than 40 percent over the previous year. The nonprofit reported that the FDA received 15,043 adverse event reports related to Xarelto, with the drug Xarelto accounted for more than 68 percent of injuries and deaths related to anticoagulant medications.
Contact a Johnson City Xarelto Attorney Today
If you or your loved one sustained catastrophic injury after using Xarelto in Johnson City or a surrounding area of Tennessee, you should not have to deal with the unexpected consequences on your own. You deserve compensation for all your medical bills, lost income, and other damages. Our team will fight for your health and livelihood, and together, we can hold the drug company responsible for their negligence.
Beyond that, the Law Offices of Seaton & Bates, PLLC understand that you deserve justice. Call (423) 282-1041 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.