is a prescription blood thinner that is taken orally and used to prevent or treat medical conditions such as deep vein thrombosis, atrial fibrillation, pulmonary embolism and stroke. Individuals who have taken Xarelto have reported adverse side effects such as bleeding within the intestines, spine, brain and skull. As a result, they have experienced pain and suffering, undergone additional medical treatments and have been harmed. To take action, they have filed Xarelto lawsuits.
What Is Currently Happening With Xarelto Lawsuits?
As of October 2015, there are 1,698 Xarelto lawsuits pending in the U.S. Court system and more might be filed. Since December 2014, these cases have been consolidated to be heard by one court. The purpose of this is to make the management of the lawsuit more efficient due to the high volume of cases. By doing this, the court system consolidates information and avoids conflicting decisions by multiple judges.
What Is Going To Happen Next?
Xarelto lawsuits are progressing and the court will soon begin hearing a sample of cases in what is known as “bellwether” trials. These types of trials are often used during early stages when there are a large number of cases in order to test the claims, evidence and testimony. The outcome of these trials will not be binding on all Xarelto cases but the process gives an idea to both parties on how strong their case is and promotes settlement negotiations.
Below is an estimated timeline for the first scheduled trials. These dates are subject to change based on the discretion of the court.
- January 11, 2016 – Case selection begins. Out of the thousands of cases, a sample of 40 cases will be selected. The plaintiff will choose 10 cases, the defendant will choose 10 cases and the remaining 20 cases will be selected randomly.
- August 1, 2016 – Case selection ends. By this time, the 40 cases to be heard should be determined.
- February 6, 2017 – First trial scheduled
- March 13, 2017 – Second trial scheduled
- April, 24, 2017 – Third trial scheduled
- May 30, 2017 – Fourth trial scheduled
What If I Was Harmed By Taking Xarelto?
Even though Xarelto lawsuits are developing in the court system, it is not too late to take action. If you or someone you know was harmed by taking Xarelto, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. We are working with experienced Xarelto lawyers who can evaluate your case, file a lawsuit on your behalf and do not charge a fee unless you win a settlement or award. Call us toll free or fill out a contact form online for a free (no obligation) case evaluation.