Internal bleeding is a medical emergency that can lead to cardiac arrest and death without prompt treatment, and some new-generation blood thinner medications, like Xarelto, have been tied to a potential increased risk of uncontrollable bleeding complications in users. If you took the anticoagulant Xarelto to reduce your risk of stroke and blood clots, and you have since suffered uncontrollable bleeding complications like brain hemorrhage, hemorrhagic stroke or gastrointestinal bleeding, contact a knowledgeable product liability lawyer today for legal help. With a qualified Xarelto attorney on your side, you can ensure that your legal rights are protected and pursue the financial compensation you deserve for your injuries, medical bills, and pain and suffering.
Internal bleeding is characterized by a loss of blood that occurs from the vascular system into the body cavity, affecting the brain, stomach, lungs, gastrointestinal tract, and other organs or tissues. Internal bleeding occurs when damage to a vein or artery allows blood to escape the circulatory system, and the amount of bleeding depends on the extent of damage to an organ and the blood vessels that supply it, as well as the body’s ability to repair the breaks in the blood vessel walls. When the body’s ability to repair these breaks is impaired, internal bleeding can have serious and possibly even deadly consequences. Some of the most common types of internal bleeding include:
There are a number of possible causes of internal bleeding, including blunt force trauma, occurring in a motor vehicle accident for example, or penetrating trauma, such as a stab or bullet wound. In some cases however, internal bleeding may be related to the use of certain medications, namely blood thinner drugs like Xarelto (rivaroxaban). Internal bleeding is a known side effect of all blood thinner medications, and research has shown that patients who take anticoagulant drugs may experience severe bleeding complications even with minor injury or illness. However, because there is no approved antidote that can reverse the blood-thinning effects of Xarelto in the case of a serious bleeding event, the drug has been linked to a higher rate of uncontrollable bleeding than other anticoagulant medications.
Internal bleeding can be difficult to identify, since it cannot be seen on the outside of the body, and in cases of bleeding associated with anticoagulant medications like Xarelto, the risk of complications is much more serious, due to the intended effect of the medication on the blood’s ability to clot. In patients who suffer internal bleeding side effects of Xarelto, which cannot be easily controlled due to the lack of an approved reversal agent, complications may include:
As more and more patients are switched over to newer-generation blood thinners like Xarelto, the number of internal bleeding side effects associated with the prescription medications continues to rise. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Xarelto was identified as the suspected cause of serious bleeding complications in more than 2,000 adverse event reports submitted in 2012 alone, including at least 151 patient deaths, and this potentially deadly internal bleeding risk has led a number of former Xarelto users to pursue legal claims against the maker of the anticoagulant drug. If you believe you have been harmed by internal bleeding side effects of Xarelto or another pharmaceutical medication, consult an experienced drug injury attorney today to explore your possible compensation options.