New Xarelto Lawsuit Alleges Wrongful Death
A Florida woman has filed a Xarelto lawsuit after her husband died from severe internal bleeding after being on the medication for only five weeks.
Plaintiff Lourdes P. claims her late husband, Jorge P.’s wrongful death occurred after he was prescribed the anticoagulant Xarelto on Sept. 9, 2014 to treat atrial fibrillation.
In October 2014, Jorge was hospitalized with severe internal bleeding. Among his serious issues were kidney injury with hemorrhagic shock, which means his cells were not receiving enough oxygen.
He was bleeding into his abdominal wall and experienced respiratory failure as well, the Xarelto lawsuit states.
His internal bleeding was uncontrollable, and his condition deteriorated. Jorge died on Oct. 14, 2014 at the age of 74, allegedly from his Xarelto-induced injuries, according to Lourdes’ Xarelto lawsuit. In the case of the deceased, since there is no antidote to Xarelto, the bleeding could only be curbed through very extreme measures such as a bur hole in his skull and a transfusion of new blood to remove the drug from the system.
The plaintiff alleges that Xarelto was the cause of the hemorrhage and that if her and her husband were made aware of the real risks associated with Xarelto usage, they would have chosen to use one of the safer alternatives that were on the market at the time. Xarelto is considered to be a more dangerous drug than other traditional blood thinners on the market, such as Warfarin, because Xarelto does not have a corresponding antidote.
Unfortunately, Jorge is not the first person to allegedly suffer horrific injuries and die as a result of Xarelto side effects.
Hundreds of Xarelto lawsuits for injuries and wrongful death have been filed against Bayer and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals regarding anticoagulant Xarelto.
Accused of falsifying and skewing test results to make Xarelto appear more effective than other, older anticoagulants, the manufacturers are also in the line of fire for heavily marketing the drug using the unsubstantiated data.
Commonly referred to as blood thinners, anticoagulants prevent blood clots and to prevent strokes. Unfortunately, blood thinners can also cause uncontrollable internal bleeding that can lead to death.
Xarelto has been marketed as the leader of a new class of anticoagulants that don’t need blood monitoring like the older blood thinners, such as warfarin, do. Xarelto has been marketed as a “one size fits all” medication.
Older anticoagulants such as warfarin require blood monitoring to control medication levels. While that can be a hassle for patients, at least they know that warfarin has an antidote that can reverse its anti-clotting effects in the event of a surgery or injury to the patient taking the medication.
Xarelto Side Effects
Of Xarelto side effects, the most common is bleeding, but it can range from minor bleeding all the way to being fatal.
The main concern is if someone is bleeding out, there is no antidote for Xarelto. As of now, there are no instructions for physicians to control bleeding caused by Xarelto’s blood-thinning properties.
With no way to stop the bleeding, the Xarelto lawsuits for wrongful death are justifiable.
According to the FDA’s Adverse Reporting System, additional Xarelto side effects can include:
- thrombosis (blood clots)
- decreased hemoglobin (a substance that carries oxygen in red blood cells)
- cerebrovascular accidents (an event that leads to a stroke, such as a cerebral hemorrhage)
- hematoma (a semisolid mass in the blood)
- peripheral edema (swelling of the lower limbs)
Filing a Xarelto Lawsuit
If you or someone you know has taken the medication and suffered Xarelto side effects, you could be eligible for compensation for your loss of wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages by filing a Xarelto lawsuit.
The Xarelto Lawsuit is Case No. 1:16-cv-21428 in U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida Miami Division.