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Deadline for Filing Xarelto Lawsuits Extended
Judge Eldon Fallon of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana recently extended the deadline to file Xarelto lawsuits. He cited the massive influx of cases (there are nearly 11,000 lawsuits pending in Judge Fallon’s court) when making his decision, which have overwhelmed the court clerk’s office.
Why People are Filing Xarelto Lawsuits
Xarelto is designed to reduce the risk of blood clots and stroke in people who suffer from atrial fibrillation that is not the result of a heart valve problem. In addition, the drug is used to treat people suffering from pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis. Some people who have recently undergone hip or knee replacement surgery take the drug in order to reduce the risk of blood clots forming in their lungs and legs.
People across the country are filing Xarelto lawsuits, alleging that the manufacturers of the drug, Bayer AG and Johnson & Johnson, negligently put patients taking the blood thinner at risk of severe complications.
The most serious complication is uncontrollable bleeding. Someone taking warfarin (also known as Coumadin), a blood thinner that has been used for several decades, can be given large doses of vitamin K if they experience bleeding. There is no such antidote for Xarelto. There have been several other problems associated with Xarelto, including liver damage, brain hemorrhages, internal bleeding and more.