Blood Thinner Xarelto Side Effects Include Excessive Bleeding Risk

Posted by Anapol Weiss on Sep 22, 2016 1:00:40 PM

Xarelto (rivaroxaban), is a popular blood thinner prescribed to patients for atrial fibrillation and to prevent blood clots. Unfortunately, many patients experience side effects including excessive bleeding, stomach pain, and blood in their urine, among other negative reactions. 

Making Xarelto even more dangerous is the fact that no antidote exists to stem potentially fatal excessive bleeding. Without an antidote, additional severe side effects of excessive bleeding from Xarelto include cerebral hemorrhaging, strokes caused by bleeding in the brain, and gastrointestinal bleeding. 

Anapol Weiss’ Unsafe Drug Team, which is co-led by Shareholder Greg Spizer, has been at the forefront of Greg_spizer_Anapol_Weiss_Attorney.jpgefforts to hold drug makers accountable for injuries caused by Xarelto. Greg’s team believes that no patient should ever be blindsided by a life-threatening illness or disability caused by a prescription medication.

If you or someone you know has taken Xarelto and you have questions relating to the potential risks, please contact Greg Spizer today. 


Topics: Unsafe drugs, Xarelto

This Little-Known Pennsylvania Driving Law Could Save Lives

Posted by Anapol Weiss on Sep 14, 2016 10:23:25 AM

Have you ever heard of Pennsylvania’s “Steer Clear” law? This important piece of the PA vehicle code requires drivers to move over at least one lane or slow down when they encounter an emergency scene, traffic stop, or disabled vehicle where emergency responders such as law enforcement, tow truck operators, and/or PennDOT personnel and vehicles are present.

The law is intended to prevent injuries and save lives, but it only works if drivers are aware of it and too often they’re not. According to this story in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reports that there were 76 crashes involving parked vehicles in the state in 2014 and 82 in 2015. An annual average of 90 crashes a year were recorded from 2000-06 before the “Steer Clear” law. That average fell just below 85 in the years since the law passed.


Anapol Weiss attorney Christopher Marzzacco has worked on numerous cases where accidents involving responders could have been avoided had drivers been more familiar with the “Steer Clear” law.

If you have questions about the “Steer Clear” law, or if you or someone you know was injured by a driver who violated the law, contact Christopher. 

Topics: Auto Accidents, Anapol Weiss, Distracted Driving

No Substitute for Visiting the Scene of an Accident say Top PA Accident Lawyers Ryan Hurd & Jim Ronca

Posted by Anapol Weiss on Sep 12, 2016 12:30:17 PM

In a recent piece in The Legal Intelligencer, Ryan Hurd and Jim Ronca of Anapol Weiss contend that 632_P_AnapolWeissLaw_Event.jpgdespite technology and time constraints, there is no substitute for a physical visit to the scene of an accident in assuring due diligence on behalf of car accident victims and other plaintiffs. Citing examples ranging from a fatal car accident to a slip and fall at work, the top PA personal injury attorneys describe instances in which crucial evidence and testimony was discovered even after an official car accident report and defense investigation. They further demonstrate the inherent value of firsthand knowledge of the accident scene for evaluating whether or not to accept a case or preparing an attorney to place testimony and evidence in context.

Topics: Auto Accidents, Anapol Weiss, Distracted Driving, Motorcycle Accident, Truck Accidents

Joel Feldman of Anapol Weiss & Advises Personal Injury Attorneys on Helping Clients through Post-Trauma

Posted by Anapol Weiss on Sep 9, 2016 11:54:29 AM

In his advocacy for victims of distracted driving, Joel Feldman of Anapol Weiss, also advocates a paradigm shift in how personal injury lawyers conceive and respond to families’ grief.

444_P_Anapol_Weiss_Lawfirm.jpgMr. Feldman described in a contribution to the Legal Intelligencer how his own tragic loss inspired deeper insight into the grieving process of his clients and their need for information in wrongful death settlements. He explains that, with the best intentions, wrongful death attorneys often pursue swift settlements when auto insurers approve the maximum claim. They assume, as Mr. Feldman once did, that this is the best “closure” that they can provide a grieving family, however he advises that for a grieving family, "closure" is both elusive and frequently undesired—tantamount to forgetting their loved one.

Mr. Feldman advocates a shift in both procedure and attitude in wrongful death cases. First, he explains how his experience taught him the value of detailed information in comprehending loss and that he now makes a specific effort to obtain a written statement from the defendant addressing his client’s need for as much detailed information as possible. Secondly, he advises attorneys that in responding to their client’s grief, they must avoid suggestions of “closure” that may feel disrespectful to their loved ones’ significance and proscribes a deeper understanding of the grieving process that suggests seeking meaning through loss, a distinction that appreciates that a family can not close-the-book on their loved one, but can, in their post-trauma, open a new chapter that honors their memory.

Topics: Auto Accidents, Anapol Weiss, Distracted Driving, wrongful death

Chris Marzzacco Makes the Case for Legal Action to Stop Texting and Driving

Posted by Anapol Weiss on Sep 8, 2016 11:31:03 AM

In his recent contribution to the Legal Intelligencer, Christopher Marzzacco of Anapol Weiss cites the alarming statistic that distracted driving caused 15,000 crashes in 2015 in Pennsylvania and warns that this figure is not likely to reduce until, like drunk driving, distracted driving becomes socially unacceptable. Mr. Marzzacco persuades us that stronger legal consequences will help facilitate this social change by demanding the public more deeply consider the personal consequences of distracted driving.

Marzzacco1-1.jpgA number of recent and upcoming bills in both Pennsylvania and surrounding states contribute in unique ways towards a reconsideration of what constitutes distracted driving and why we do it. In Pennsylvania, it is currently illegal to text and drive, but not talk and drive. A new bill aims to ban all cell phone use while driving and allow PA to catch up with other states in its recognition of cell phone use as inherently dangerous. Another bill strengthens judicial sentencing authority while allowing victims and their families to seek punitive damages from texting and driving accidents.

The boldest idea highlighting the dangers of texting and driving extends liability to a person who knowingly texts a driver behind the wheel. While a controversial issue, it sends a clear message that texting while driving is a deadly problem and that safe driving is a shared responsibility.

Topics: Auto Accidents, Anapol Weiss, Distracted Driving

The Legal Talks Values and Hot-Button Issues with Tom Anapol, PA Assoc. for Justice President

Posted by Anapol Weiss on Sep 7, 2016 3:07:39 PM

The Legal Intelligencer interviewed newly elected president of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice,
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of Anapol Weiss, who shared his perspective on the organization’s mission as a voice for victims and employees to the broader legal community.

Mr. Anapol spoke with the Legal Intelligencer regarding the importance of strengthening membership through the promotion of diversity. He also reiterated the association’s core values of championing the rights of individuals and workers, and shared his perspective on forthcoming legislative issues that may bolster or undermine existing protections. Mr. Anapol also cited the importance of assuring continuity of victim and worker rights as technologies evolve, particularly in the case of autonomous vehicles.

Topics: Anapol Weiss, Medical Malpractice, Medical Negligence, Product Liability, Personal Injury, Auto Defects

Poorly Designed Medical Devices Threaten Unsuspecting Patients

Posted by Anapol Weiss on Sep 6, 2016 11:00:39 AM

The FDA is continuing to investigate the risks associated with heater-cooler devices used in major surgeries, particularly cardiothoracic procedures.  

The heater-cooler devices have been associated with potentially fatal infections, such as Nontuberculous Mycobacterium (NTM), and the FDA issued a safety alert on these devices in June. 

At issue is the failure by manufacturers to provide adequate cleaning instructions for their heater-cooler devices, and, until recently, to advise those operating the devices on safe placement during surgeries. The FDA is also examining the connection between the infections and the basic design of heater-cooler devices.

Anapol Weiss has played a crucial role in the successful resolution of thousands of cases where unsafe medical devices have caused injury and resulted in mounting medical expenses. 

Anapol Weiss Shareholder Sol Weiss specializes in unsafe medical device cases and is a great resource if Sol.jpgyou have questions or concerns regarding an experience with heater-cooler devices or other poorly designed medical devices. 


Topics: NTM

Victims of Defective Products Deserve Justice

Posted by Anapol Weiss on Sep 2, 2016 10:50:03 AM

When it comes to defective products and manufacturing defects, it doesn’t matter whether it’s something as big as a truck or as small as a child’s toy, the manufacturer should be held accountable.

Unfortunately a lot of people who have been harmed by defective products are under the impression that only expensive, non-performing products can form the basis of a class action, but that is not the case. Even inexpensive products should perform as advertised with manufacturers being held accountable in cases of non-performance, including covering the costs of necessary repairs.

Some manufacturers have taken to using the magic of the “fine print” to force customers to unwittingly consent to something called “forced arbitration.” In doing so customers waive their right to sue or participate in a class action. The fact is, this practice has been abused to such an extent that it is now under review by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  

We believe that manufacturers should be held accountable when their product claims don’t deliver as advertised. That’s why we’ve been taking on and winning product liability cases for more than 40 years. You can learn more about our product liability practice here

212_AnapolWeiss_Lawfirm.jpgAnapol Weiss Shareholder Sol Weiss is a widely recognized expert in product liability and class action cases. If you have experienced a defective product and have questions about your rights, contact his office

Topics: Product Liability, Defective Products

Concerns Over Health Risks from Proton Pump Inhibitors Persist

Posted by Anapol Weiss on Aug 31, 2016 11:06:39 AM

Labor Day weekend is right around the corner.  For some people that means cookouts, barbeques, spicy dips, and cocktails. And for sufferers of acid reflux, also known as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), that’s a holiday menu that’s sure to end with plenty of discomfort.

That’s why so many with GERD have turned to proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) that treat acid reflux by reducing the production of stomach acid. Brand name PPIs include Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec, and Protonix.

The problem is, at the beginning of the year studies showed PPI use to be associated with a greater risk for chronic kidney disease.

At Anapol Weiss, the Unsafe Drugs team led by Tracy Finken has been working on educating consumers about 430_P_Anapol_Weiss_Lawfirm-567782-edited.jpgthe dangers of long term PPI use and are making sure patients harmed by the use of PPIs have their stories heard.

If you’ve been using PPIs long term and want to know more about the risks and your rights as a patient, contact Tracy Finken with any questions.

Topics: PPI

Anapol Weiss Shareholder Larry Coben Leading the Fight on Autonomous Vehicle Safety

Posted by Anapol Weiss on Aug 22, 2016 10:48:03 AM

Anapol Weiss Shareholder Larry Coben says that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been "asleep at the wheel" when it comes to regulations concerning the safety of autonomous vehicles. 

"Without federal regulation, each state will chart its own course on driverless ­vehicles, crash-avoidance technology and the range of innovations already finding their way onto America's roads. The buffet of state Coben-1.jpglaws will create a mess for all ­parties,” Coben told The Legal Intelligencer in a recent article.

He added that an another concern is that, without guidance form the NHTSA, states may attempt to provide legal immunity for manufacturers of autonomous vehicles.

To Coben the solution is clear: The NHTSA is better suited to enact consistent, effective, national autonomous vehicle safety regulations than the individual states, and it must act quickly as it’s already falling behind. 

Read the article in its entirety here:

If you’re interested in discussing autonomous vehicle safety issues with Larry, you can contact him here

Topics: Crash Safety

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