Product liability lawsuits are now being filed against the makers of the blood-thinner drug Xarelto (generic: rivaroxaban), after it was discovered that it had been linked to severe side effects. This popular anticoagulant has been prescribed for the prevention of stroke and blood clots in patients with atrial fibrillation (a-fib), and to those who have recently undergone hip or knee replacement surgery. However, recent studies have indicated that Xarelto may actually cause life-threatening blood clots in certain patients.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one developed a blood clot after taking Xarelto, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.
What are the Symptoms of a Blood Clot?
Xarelto has been linked to both deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) blood clots. Symptoms of these conditions depend on the location of the clot and whether the affected blood vessel is totally or partially blocked.
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) – Clot that develops in the deep blood vessels, most often in the legs, which can inhibit blood flow to the heart. Clots in the veins that develop in areas of slow to moderate flow are made of a combination of red cells, platelets and fibrin. Clots in the deep veins of the legs or abdomen that only block the vein may cause moderate symptoms, and sometimes may not cause any symptoms until the blood flow is significantly reduced or totally blocked.
DVT symptoms may include:
- Swelling, usually in 1 leg
- Leg pain/tenderness
- Reddish or bluish skin color
- Leg warm to the touch
- Some people with a deep vein thrombosis may not have any symptoms, and are referred to as asymptomatic
Pulmonary Embolism (PE) – Occurs when a DVT breaks off and travels through the bloodstream to the lung, where it blocks the flow of blood. The size of the clot and extent of reduced blood flow to the vessel determine the severity of a pulmonary embolism. Clots in veins that are closer to the body’s center are more likely to cause fatal pulmonary embolisms compared to clots in the calf veins.
Signs of a PE include:
- Sudden shortness of breath
- Sharp chest pain that may get worse with deep breath
- Rapid heart rate (arrythmias)
- Unexplained cough, sometimes with bloody mucus
- Profuse sweating
- Faint feeling
- Some pulmonary embolism patients may be asymptomatic
Do I Have a Xarelto Blood Clot Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Xarelto Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently investigating potential settlements in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was injured by Xarelto side effects, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a class action suit and we can help.