Anticoagulant Drugs and Excessive Bleeding

Blood clots play a crucial role in the regulation of our body’s cardiovascular system. Without the body’s ability to form blood clots, we might suffer excessive blood loss anytime we get a wound or a cut. The body’s ability to solidify or coagulate the blood in the area where our vessels have been damaged is a life-saving component. Unfortunately, certain medical conditions can complicate this ability and cause blood clots to abnormal form and occur. In such cases, the blood clot ends up blocking the regular flow of blood in the body. This leads to life-threatening conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, and organ failure.

Patients with conditions that affect their body ability to normally form blood clots can mitigate these dangers by taking anticoagulant drugs. More commonly known as blood thinners, these drugs prevent blood clots from forming in various ways. The new generation of anticoagulant drugs works by slowing down the production of certain proteins and enzymes that trigger blood clot formation. The leading brand for such a treatment is called Xarelto, introduced by the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceuticals several years back. While the drug was initially approved by the Food and Drug Administration to prevent deep vein thrombosis in patients that have undergone orthopedic surgery, Xarelto has since been widely used as a prevention method for pulmonary embolism, atrial fibrillation, and patients that have undergone artificial heart valve surgery.

While Xarelto and other similar drugs have proven to be effective for a significant number of patients, there are some that have reported experiencing adverse side effects. While excessive bleeding is a common concern for any anticoagulant medication, such concerns with older drugs can be easily addressed with antidotes. Unfortunately, the same solution is not available for Xarelto and other new generation drugs.

According to the website of Williams and Kherkher, there have been plenty of cases where patients suffered from gastrointestinal bleeding and brain hemorrhaging due to Xarelto side effects. As a result, the defective pharmaceutical lawyers emphasize the need for manufacturers to be upfront about the effects of their products. Full disclosure is necessary to ensure that patients are able to make a safe and informed choice with their physicians.

Product Liability

Thousands of tort lawsuits or product liability claims against manufacturers of harmful products are filed in courts all across the US every year. Obviously, despite quality standards, so many products, which are defective or poorly made, still get displayed in stores and sold to millions of American consumers who completely believe that everything they purchase are safe and without defects.

Some of the injuries and deaths, and defective products which have been traced and documented by the United States Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) include the following:

  • 220,500 toy-related injuries in 2006
  • Development of blood clots which, eventually, led to the death of a number of young women who used the Ortho Evra® birth control patch
  • The 2003 recall of nearly 30,000 electric blankets which, when folded or bunched, had a tendency to overheat and burn the user
  • Dell’s 2005 recall of about 200,000 laptop batteries, which showed risks of overheating and causing fire
  • Toyota’s 2006 recall of more than 1.4 million of its cars due to defective parts

Millions of other products, from children’s food and toys to house appliances, vehicles, machinery, chemicals, and so forth, have caused either injuries or death to their users. Though a seeming failure on the part of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, the branch of the government tasked to ensure product safety, total responsibility cannot be blamed on it, though. This is due partly to the limits in its jurisdiction plus the billions of different products made available in the market every day. Thus, checking and ensuring product safety need to be a concerted effort by the different branches of the government, as well as active participation of the public in reporting products that are defective and harmful.

The Bureau of Consumer Protection, however, encourages consumers to forward to it any complaints on product defects for it to have a basis to conduct an investigation about the product n question and file legal complaints against the manufacturer if the product is, indeed, proven defective and a possible cause of harm.

“Prevention is better than cure,” is one very applicable adage where product safety is the concern. For, though, a person injured due to the use of a defective product may be legally awarded compensation from the liable manufacturer, there is no telling what the extent of such injury can be; thus, rather than suffer any harm, making sure that manufacturers comply with government safety standards to eliminate the possibility of their product causing harm on anyone will always be the much better alternative.

Defective Car/Car Parts – A Probable Cause of a More Serious Accident

The sight of a wrecked car on the road can be gruesome and scary . . .  and often, people ask why accidents have to happen. Driving, of course, is just a privilege, not a right. Many drivers, however, behave as if they own the road – driving recklessly, going over speed limits, driving while intoxicated, not observing stop or slow down signs, beating the red light, tailgating even trucks, and committing many other traffic safety rule violations. Yet the importance of not committing any of these has been made clear to every driver before a driving license had been issued to each of them.

Due to all the violations drivers commit, which result to more than five million motor vehicle accidents annually, you would not be able to blame the federal and state governments if these employ stricter means and programs to be able to apprehend violators, especially those who threaten public safety the most.

Besides driver-controlled violations that lead to vehicular accidents, there are also offenses (that are committed by people other than drivers) which can cause even more serious injuries and worse property damage. These faults are committed by the manufacturers of vehicles, while their offense is failure to comply with federal and industry standards in the manufacture of vehicle and/or vehicle parts.

There have been manufacturers which have made recalls (in the recent past) on certain models of their cars or vehicles after finding out that the issues released for such model has a defective design or has a defective part. The only sad thing about this fact is that recalls were made after a series of accidents had already taken place and had been reported.

A serious car accident, or worse a truck accident, can definitely cause severe injuries, such as a spinal injury, brain damage or broken bones, which can totally alter the life of the victim from active to being confined to a bed or a wheel-chair, for the rest of his/her life . For some victims too, especially children, physical injuries are not the only effects of an accident; there is also trauma, which can cause a person mental and emotional pain for a long time.

Severe injuries and trauma require continuous treatment, which can prove to be too costly in the long run, enough to sink any family into financial troubles eventually. And though some victims may have received compensation from the party that caused both accident and injury, often, the compensation is not enough to see the victim through recovery. The victim will soon realize that, due to the inadequacy of the amount of the compensation, he/she will have to pay for the cost of treatment and medication from his/her own pocket. Soon too will the victim feel the need to sell some of his/her assets, like jewelry, and skip some payments, like credit card bills, student loan, child support, or house mortgage even, until he/she has no other option, but to file for bankruptcy just to end the hounding of his/her creditors.

Victims of accidents should realize that having a good physical injury lawyer, who will fight for their right and defend their interests against the party liable for the accident and their injury, is often a necessity to help them get the amount of compensation they really should receive. A few thousand dollars via an out-of-court settlement, to save them all the trouble, so to say, may be inviting. But how many years, or maybe just months, will this thousand dollars last?