Bayer AG and Johnson & Johnson are facing a mounting number of mass tort lawsuits across the United States all with similar allegations that their blood thinner, Xarelto, caused uncontrollable bleeding which lead to severe injuries, hospitalization, and even death. On July 25, 2014, a new lawsuit was filed in Vermont federal court under case number 2:14-CV-00159-CR. You can download the official complaint below and continue reading for a summary of the allegations and complaint.
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Allegations: Xarelto Caused Irreversible Parenchymal Hemorrhage
This lawsuit was brought by the daughter of a deceased man who was prescribed the blood thinner Xarelto to avoid blood clots and stroke because of a heart condition that the decedent suffered from, atrial fibrillation. The complaint outlines that the deceased was prescribed Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) on July 17, 2012 and continued taking it until he was admitted to hospital and diagnosed with a parenchymal hemorrhage. Since Xarelto was active in his system, the deceased’s blood did not clot, he died from the uncontrollable bleeding event on August 1, 2012. His hospitalization lasted for 6 days. The complaint alleges that Xarelto was the cause of this man’s untimely death.
What Is A Parenchymal Hemorrhage? Can Xarelto Cause This Brain Bleed?
A parenchymal hemorrhage is one of the more severe brain bleeds that is an immediate medical emergency. One of the main causes of such a bleed is hypertension. It may also be caused by trauma, such as a car accident or fall. The hemorrhage disrupts and compresses brain tissue which will cause dysfunction in the brain. When a blood thinner such as Xarelto is in the patient’s system, it prevents blood from clotting and stopping the bleed. As a result a large pool of blood will displace the brain parenchyma which causes a surge in intracranial pressure and herniation. Often, this results in death, and did as outlined in the facts of this lawsuit. Treatment of a parenchymal hemorrhage requires extreme life saving measures because detection is often too late. Such measures include a craniotomy to remove blood from the brain.
A Wrongful Death Claim
In this lawsuit, the Vermont-based plaintiff lost her father. She brings this lawsuit as the administrator of his estate seeking damages for pain and suffering, medical expenses, probate, attorneys fees, funeral expenses, and all other expenses related to probate of his estate. The complaint alleges that had they known of the risks of an irreversible bleed, they would not have chosen Xarelto because there were other safer alternatives on the market. As a result they allege that Xarelto’s manufacturers were reckless by putting this product into the market, which was the proximate cause of the injuries and death suffered by the decedent.
How A Xarelto Lawyer Can Help You
If you are in a similar situation to this Vermont family where you believe Xarelto may have caused an adverse, uncontrollable, irreversible bleed that resulted in hospitalization, severe injury, or death, then speaking with an experienced Xarelto and defective drug lawyer is the first step to some form of recovery. We offer free consultations, and you don’t owe us anything until we recover compensation for you and your family. To discuss your specific case, call our lawyers now.