Xarelto Deep Vein Thrombosis

Published on October 7, 2014 by Sandy Liebhard

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Xarelto patients who experienced deep vein thrombosis while using this medication may have a case for filing a lawsuit against the manufacturers of the blood thinner. While the medication is intended to prevent these types of dangerous blood clots, data from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) indicates that the agency has received a number of reports of Xarelto deep vein thrombosis, and legal claims involving this complication are growing in U.S. courts. The nationwide law firm of Bernstein Liebhard LLP is now offering free lawsuit consultations to alleged victims of serious Xarelto complications. If you or someone you care about were hurt by this blood thinner, please call our office today to learn more about your legal rights.

What is Deep Vein Thrombosis?

A deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot that forms deep in the veins, usually in a lower leg or thigh. This can occur when the blood becomes thick and clumps together. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that between 300,000 to 600,000 Americans suffer from this dangerous condition, and that as many as 100,000 people die every year due to deep vein thrombosis and related complications.

A deep vein thrombosis can be caused by many factors, including immobility, surgery, trauma to the lower leg, and even pregnancy. The use of hormonal contraceptives, smoking, and age are also known risk factors for these blood clots.

Xarelto Deep Vein Thrombosis“>Xarelto is approved to prevent deep vein thrombosis, but according to a study published by the Institute for Safe Medicine Practice in 2013, 158 cases of blood clots related to the drug were reported to the FDA during the first quarter of 2012. These included a number of reports of deep vein thrombosis, including some that progressed to pulmonary embolism. A pulmonary embolism occurs when a deep vein thrombosis breaks apart, and fragments travel to the pulmonary artery in the lung. This condition requires immediate medical attention, as it may result in sudden death.

Deep Vein Thrombosis Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of a deep vein thrombosis include:

  • Swelling along a vein of the leg, or in the leg itself
  • Leg pain or tenderness, especially when walking or standing
  • A sensation of warmth in the area of the leg that’s swollen or in pain
  • Red or discolored skin on the leg

Legal Help for Those Injured by Xarelto

Patients who have allegedly experienced Xarelto deep vein thrombosis have already begun filing lawsuits against its manufacturers. If you would like to learn more about pursuing your own Xarelto Lawsuit, please call for a free case review.

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