Our lawyers are reviewing potential lawsuits for people who had a stroke after taking Xarelto, a widely-prescribed blood-thinning medication. Xarelto is the brand name for rivaroxaban, a drug used to prevent blood clots in patients with atrial fibrillation (afib), as well as those who have recently undergone hip or knee replacement surgery. This article discusses the potential complications that could result from a Xarelto Stroke.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: 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 suit against the manufacturer of Xarelto and we can help.
Xarelto Stroke: Life-Threatening Complications
Complications which could threaten a Xarelto user’s life may occur soon after the initial onset of stroke symptoms. Preventing these problems is the aim of stroke treatment. Complications of a stroke may include:
- Pressure on the brain – Can occur when the brain swells after a massive stroke. This kind of swelling occurs rapidly, becoming most severe within three to five days after the stroke. Pressure on the brain is likely to occur in patients who have had a stroke caused by a ruptured blood vessel (hemorrhagic stroke).
- Fever – Can make a patient’s outlook worse if the fever occurs at the same time as a stroke. Fever may be a symptom of pneumonia or a urinary tract infection. Over-the-counter drugs like aspirin and acetaminophen can be used to reduce fever. If these are ineffective, a special blanket that circulates cool air or water can be used.
- High blood sugar – Typically occurs in patients with type 2 diabetes. Extremely high or low blood sugar immediately after a stroke affects brain cell function, increasing the risk of permanent damage.
- Blood pressure changes – Most patients usually have higher blood pressure in the days following a stroke. This is the body’s attempt to increase blood flow to the region of the brain that was injured by the stroke.
- Hydrocephalus – Buildup of spinal fluid in the brain. Hydrocephalus occurs most often in patients who have suffered a hemorrhagic stroke.
- Vasospasm – Spasms of blood vessels that can occur if the stroke was caused by a subarachnoid hemorrhage from an aneurism.
- Blood Clots – Clot in the legs (deep vein thrombosis, or DVT) that may travel to the lungs (pulmonary embolism, or PE)
- Seizure – Sudden episode of abnormal electric activity in the brain. Stroke is the most common cause of seizure in elderly patients; about 10% of stroke survivors have a seizure after their stroke.
- Coma – Prolonged state of unconsciousness caused by an injury to the brain. More than half of comas are related to head trauma or disturbances in the brain’s circulatory system, such as those caused by a stroke.
- Another stroke – About 800,000 Americans have a stroke each year, nearly 200,000 of which are recurrent strokes. At least 1 in 4 stroke victims will suffer another stroke at some point in their life.
Can I File a Xarelto Lawsuit?
Only a qualified attorney can determine whether you are eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of Xarelto, which is why we are currently offering free case evaluations. Simply fill out the confidential evaluation form below to contact our law firm now.
Most cases involving pharmaceuticals allege that a drug was sold with design, manufacturing, and/or marketing defects, which typically refers to a company’s failure to warn of a certain side effect. In the case of Xarelto, our attorneys suspect that patients may be able to take legal action in light of claims that the manufacturers failed to adequately warn doctors and patients about the risk of stroke.
How Can Filing a Lawsuit Help Me?
By filing a lawsuit against the maker of Xarelto, you may be entitled to collect compensation for all current and future medical expenses related to the treatment of your stroke, as well as for damages for pain and suffering. Additionally, filing a lawsuit can help hold the drug’s manufacturer accountable for releasing an allegedly defective drug into the marketplace, and to discourage other pharmaceutical companies from engaging in similar conduct.
Do I Have a Xarelto Stroke 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 accepting new Xarelto Stroke cases in all 50 states.
Free Xarelto Lawsuit Evaluation: 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 Xarelto Suit and we can help.