Xarelto Claim Lawyer in Columbia
Xarelto, also sold as Rivaroxaban, is a medicine doctors give patients to treat and prevent deep vein thrombosis. Deep vein thrombosis is a condition in which blood clots form in the veins of the legs and can travel to the lungs, which is known as a pulmonary embolism. Pulmonary embolisms can damage the lungs and cause low oxygen levels in the blood, leading to damage in other organs.
Physicians generally give this drug to patients who have just undergone knee or hip replacement procedures. The days following such a surgery are high-risk times for the formation of blood clots in the legs. Doctors also prescribe Xarelto to patients with certain heart rhythm problems to reduce the risk of blood clots and strokes.
Contraindications and Side Effects
Xarelto is a type of drug known as an Xa inhibitor, a form of anticoagulant. It functions by decreasing blood’s ability to coagulate which reduces the likelihood of harmful clot formation. Contraindications for Xarelto include:
- Pregnancy or breastfeeding.
- Kidney or liver disease.
- Bleeding issues.
- The presence of an artificial heart valve.
Xarelto may also cause nerve damage if patients undergo medical procedures on their back while taking it. This is even more likely if patients have a history of spinal problems or back injuries. Some possible side effects of taking Xarelto are:
- Heavy menstrual bleeding.
- Vaginal bleeding (non-menstrual).
- Blood in the urine or stool.
- Vomiting blood.
- Unusual bleeding or bruising.
Making a Case for Defective Xarelto
If you or a loved one believes you have suffered an injury related to Xarelto, you may be able to file a claim for defective product liability. Claims of product liability are filed when a product, a pharmaceutical in this case, is alleged cause an injury through a defect.
Defects of pharmaceuticals come in three forms. Drugs can be defectively manufactured; this can occur at the facility where the drug was made, the pharmacy where it was bottled or an accident during shipping. We consider pharmaceuticals defective if they have overly dangerous side effects. Sometimes drugs can be on the market for a long time before their side effects become apparent. In some cases, the plaintiff (person filing charges) may try to prove the manufacturer of the drug knew about the dangers but chose to conceal them.
The third type of defective pharmaceuticals are any the manufacturer marketed defectively. In this case, defective marketing refers to a company’s failure to properly label drugs with warnings or instructions, or it can refer to improper or inaccurate advice the manufacturer gave to the plaintiff regarding the drug.
If you are considering bringing charges of product liability against a manufacturer, you will need a legal advocate with experience in product liability cases. Discepolo LLP can provide you with just such an advocate. Some of our lawyers have more than 15 years of experience working on these types of cases. To date, we have won nearly $100 million in settlements for our clients.
Discepolo LLP’s main office is located in Columbia, Maryland, but we also have offices in several other states and offer our services as co-counsel nationwide. Proving a case of product liability is extremely complicated, involving a number of different factors. Plaintiffs in such a case have to prove the product is defective, that they suffered an injury, and that their injury was the result of the product’s defect. This may sound simple, but in cases involving pharmaceuticals, it is rarely so.
Put the law firm of Discepolo LLP to work for you. Reach out to our team with any questions you may have about defective products or for a free case evaluation.