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Lawsuits over the Blood Thinner Xarelto

 Xarelto is a popular blood-thinning drug. While it is the subject of upbeat TV ads, thousands of users claim they have been seriously injured by Xarelto and have filed lawsuits against drug companies for compensation. Other litigants allege their loved ones suffered fatal injuries because they took the anti-clotting drug.

Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is a popular drug manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson and Bayer Health Care Pharmaceuticals Inc.

The claims against the drug manufacturers are stark. Litigants allege while big pharma made billions of dollars and ran primetime ads for Xarelto, Americans were bleeding to death by using the anticoagulant. The U.S Food and Drug Administration has forced the manufacturers of Xarelto to beef up their box warnings, but no recalls have been issues, states ConsumerSafety.org.

More than 20,000 federal lawsuits claim Xarelto caused uncontrolled bleeds, deaths, wound leaks, and infections. The Smith Law Center battles for injured people who were hurt by dangerous drugs. We want to hear from you if you have been harmed by Xarelto.

What is Xarelto?

Xarelto is an anticoagulant (blood thinner) that is prescribed to prevent blood clots. The drug is used to prevent a serious condition called deep vein thrombosis, a condition in which a blood clot is embedded in one of the major deep veins of the lower legs, thighs, arm or pelvis. DVT can cause serious conditions like a pulmonary embolism which is a blood clot in the lungs.

Rivaroxaban is also used in people with atrial fibrillation, a heart rhythm disorder, to reduce the risk of stroke caused by a blood clot.  

What Are the Possible Side Effects of Xarelto?

Xarelto has numerous known side effects. Some of them are extremely serious. They include:

  • An allergic reaction. You should stop using Xarelto immediately if you experience difficulty breathing, hives, or swelling to your lips, tongue, and face.
  • Bruising to areas such as the nose, vagina or rectum.
  • Bleeding from wounds or needle infections or any bleeding that will not stop.
  • Heavy menstrual periods.
  • Red or pink colored urine.
  • Weakness, headaches, and dizziness.
  • Intracranial hemorrhages.
  • Abdominal hemorrhages.
  • Retinal hemorrhages.
  • Black or bloody stools, coughing up vomit or blood that looks like coffee grounds.
  • Tingling, numbness, or muscle weakness, particularly in your legs and feet.
  • Loss of movement in any portion of the body.


Less serious side effects of Xarelto may include:

  • Pains in your muscles
  • Itching
  • Pain in your arms or legs


Uncontrolled Bleeding Sparks Lawsuits over the Blood Thinner Xarelto

The specific allegations in lawsuits include claims that Xarelto presents an unreasonable risk of injury and that its labeling failed to adequately warn about its potentially deadly side effects.

Claimants also allege that the drug’s lack of an antidote amounts to a design defect and that Xarelto does not provide greater patient benefits than drugs like warfarin, which were safely administered for decades and has an antidote.

The lawsuits claim, doctors have no effective means of stopping Xarelto users from bleeding out in the event of an emergency. Plaintiffs in the lawsuits point to serious and fatal injuries, including cerebral hemorrhaging and gastrointestinal bleeds from the use of the blood thinner Xarelto.

 Some claimants believe that Janssen/Bayer intentionally concealed knowledge of Xarelto’s irreversible, life-threatening bleeding.

How Many People Have Died from Using Xarelto?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration links the use of Xarelto to the deaths of almost 400 people.

They include Sharyn Orr, of Louisiana, who died in May 2015 at the age of 67 after spending 10 days in a coma. She was taking the drug for atrial fibrillation. However, a federal jury in New Orleans cleared Bayer AG and Johnson & Johnson of liability for the death.

According to Drug Safety News, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration received a total of 15,043 adverse event reports related to Xarelto by the end of 2016. Blood thinners including Xarelto, Eliquis and Pradaxa, were the cause of more visits to emergency rooms in that year than any other class of prescription medications. Xarelto is linked to more serious and fatal hemorrhaging incidents than any of the other blood thinning drugs.

How Many Lawsuits Have Been Brought Over Xarelto?

There are currently more than 18,000 lawsuits pending against Janssen and Bayer Healthcare over Xarelto. Plaintiffs claim to have suffered severe injuries from Xarelto like unstoppable bleeding and cerebral hemorrhaging. Some of the lawsuits are wrongful death actions.

Have Trials Taken Place over Xarelto?

Three federal lawsuits had gone to trial by July 2018. All of them ended in victories for the drug companies.

In December 2017, a jury awarded a former Xarelto user $27.8 million, but a judge later overturned the verdict.

 A jury in Philadelphia in December 2017 ordered the makers of Xarelto to pay nearly $27.8 million to an Indiana woman for failing to provide a warning about the bleeding dangers associated with their blood thinner. The judge later overturned the verdict.

Litigation is ongoing at state and federal levels. No major settlements have been announced to date.

Contact a Virginia Drugs Lawyer About Lawsuits over the Blood Thinner Xarelto

Xarelto is linked to some terrible side effects and complications, sparking thousands of lawsuits. If you have been harmed by this drug, please contact our Hampton, Virginia based personal injury lawyers at (757) 244-7000.


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If you or a relative had a severe reaction to military housing mold, it might be time to talk with a toxic mold lawyer. Mold is everywhere, and can be dangerous. Researchers have linked mold to serious respiratory illnesses in some individuals.

Smith Law Center may be able to help if a property owner failed to keep you safe from mold in your military housing. We are one of Virginia’s oldest and most successful firms. We know how to hold negligent property owners responsible, especially when the military is involved.

Call us at (757) 244-700 or contact us online to set up a free consultation. There’s no fee for learning more about Virginia mold laws, your rights, and your legal options.

Mold in Military Housing

Black mold in military housing became widely known when Reuters published an investigation in 2018. Since then, the Department of Defense and the housing providers were supposed to take steps to improve the situation.

Unfortunately, a 2020 audit by the DoD Office of Inspector General found many issues, including the need for mold remediation, still persist.

Monetary Awards in Military Housing Toxic Mold Cases

If the property owner lets toxic mold run wild and continue to cause you harm, talk with our toxic mold attorneys about filing a lawsuit.

You may receive financial compensation for:

Service members and their families do not receive different types of damages than civilians. These are civil lawsuits in traditional courts of law.

Military Housing Mold Toxicity Symptoms

The Institute of Medicine discovered there was evidence connecting exposure to indoor mold with:

  • Upper respiratory tract symptoms;
  • Coughing;
  • Wheezing;
  • Asthma symptoms in individuals with asthma; and
  • Hypersensitivity pneumonitis in individuals with weak immune systems.

There is also limited evidence that mold causes respiratory illnesses in healthy children or causes people to develop asthma.

Understanding Exposure to Toxic Mold in Military Housing

The topic of toxic mold is complicated. This Is in part because the term “toxic mold” isn’t accurate. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains mold isn’t toxic or poisonous. However, some molds are toxigenic, which means they produce toxins called mycotoxins.

Mold is common in military housing because it’ll grow anywhere there’s moisture. That includes on and inside walls, carpet, upholstery, wallpaper, and heating and air conditioning systems. This is especially pronounced in humid conditions such as those present in Virginia.

Some people have no difficulties around mold, even large infestations in their homes. Other individuals are sensitive to molds, including those that produce mycotoxins. Someone can have a severe reaction when exposed to a large amount of mold indoors.

People may be more likely to experience mold toxicity symptoms if they have:

  • Allergies,
  • An underlying lung disease,
  • Immune suppression,
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder,
  • Asthma, or
  • Another chronic respiratory disease.

Common Types of Military Housing Mold

When you’re trying to learn more from the CDC and other resources, you’ll see the word “fungus” a lot. Mold is a type of fungus, which is something that exists all around us. Fungi are living organisms different from animals, plants, and bacteria. There are over 200,000 types of fungi and over 100,000 types of molds.

If you discovered mold in your military housing, it could be Cladosporium, Penicillium, Stachybotrys chartarum, Aspergillus, or many other types. Stachybotrys is what everyone knows as black mold. Aspergillus is a common indoor fungus, which releases mycotoxins and can cause illness. Your symptoms may resemble common allergy or asthma symptoms.

Who is Liable for Military Housing Mold?

Since 1996, most military housing has come under the management of private companies:

  • Belfour Beatty Communities: Fort Eustis and Fort Story/li>
  • Lincoln Military Housing: Dahlgren, Little Creek, Naval Station Norfolk, Northwest Annex, Oceana, Portsmouth, Quantico, and Yorktown/li>
  • Hunt Military Communities: Fort Lee and Langley AFB

Outside of Virginia, Lendlease and Corvias Military Living are two more housing providers. Together, these five companies formed the Military Housing Association.

Military families living in on-base housing must take their complaints to their private management company — not the military. The company is responsible for providing habitable conditions and making repairs, including mold remediation.

If you’re unsure about your rights, review your state law and local ordinances about mold. In general, it’s the landlord’s responsibility to provide a habitable unit, which means it has to be safe to live in. A unit isn’t safe if it’s causing a tenant health issues due to mold.

The Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act requires landlords to disclose if there’s mold in the written report of the move-in inspection. If a tenant discovers visible mold in the unit, then the Act requires the landlord to remove the mold and relocate the tenant until it’s gone at no additional cost to the tenant.

Unfortunately, many families find their housing providers aren’t receptive to complaints. Attorney Stephen M. Smith has handled many mold lawsuits against military housing providers who fail to abide by their lease terms and the law when it comes to mold remediation and other hazards.

Other Hazards in Military Housing

Many service members and their families deal with uncomfortable, if not hazardous, conditions in privatized military housing, including:

Lead Paint: Lead-based paint can cause headaches, nausea, fatigue, irritability, behavioral problems, learning disabilities, seizures, organ damage, and in extreme cases, death.

Asbestos: Exposure to asbestos harms a person’s lungs, and can lead to lung fibrosis (scarring), lung cancer, and mesothelioma.

Radon: Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. It naturally forms underground, however cracks and gaps in buildings lead to over-exposure indoors.

Poor Water Quality: Dozens of military sites have water with detectable levels of harmful chemicals.

Other issues involve rodent or insect infestations, pesticides, and faulty electrical wiring.

What Happens When a Lot of People Get Sick?

Sometimes mold exposure impacts a single individual or family. However, when the mold spreads throughout military housing, it can impact hundreds or thousands of people.

Occasionally, a large enough group of people are injured to allow for a class action or mass tort lawsuit. A class action lawsuit is one where a class representative acts as the plaintiff on behalf of the group of hurt individuals. Not every victim participates in the lawsuit. There are rules about when a group is big and similar enough to create a class action.

Mass tort lawsuits are different. When there are fewer plaintiffs who have their own set of circumstances, each person files a lawsuit. For efficiency’s sake, one or a couple of law firms may represent most plaintiffs, and the lawsuits are consolidated in a federal court.

Call the Military Housing Mold Lawyers at Smith Law Center for Help Right Away

Mold cases come about in a few ways. You or a loved one may start getting sick, and after weeks or months of struggling to find answers, you finally realize your military housing has a mold infestation. In other cases, you struggle with visible mold and then become ill.

Once you connect the illness with the mold, it’s time to talk with a toxic mold lawyer. Reaching out to an attorney early helps you build a strong compensation claim. We know how to collect evidence, identify who is liable, and craft a successful argument for a settlement or court award.

Attorney Stephen M. Smith has decades of experience handling injury claims and has been internationally recognized for his work. He has litigated cases involving catastrophic injuries and complex legal and scientific issues. In 2019, he was inducted into the Virginia Lawyers Hall of Fame.

You’re in good hands when you come to Smith Law Center for help. Reach out online or call (757) 244-7000 to schedule your 100% free consultation.

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