Xeljanz injuries and hospital negligence linked to Pulmonary Embolism lawsuits and blood clot malpractice
Pulmonary embolism is a blockage in a pulmonary artery in the lungs, typically caused by blood clots that travel to the lungs from the legs or other parts of the body. The blood clots block blood flow to the lungs, making pulmonary embolism life-threatening.
Prompt treatment greatly reduces the risk of death. In most cases, multiple clots are involved. Parts of the lung served by each blocked artery are refused blood and will suffer pulmonary infarction, making it difficult or impossible for the lungs to provide oxygen to the rest of the body.
Xeljanz, an rheumatoid arthritis (RA) drug on the market, has allegedly caused pulmonary embolism and blood clots in RA patients. Xeljanz injury can be severe, and plaintiffs may seek legal action to hold the drug company liable.
Defective Catheters can also lead to blood clots and severe injury. Many catheters have been recalled for unnecessary risks to patients.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati hospital negligence lawyer and Ohio medical malpractice attorney who has represented plaintiffs nationwide in medical device and hospital injury cases.
Symptoms of Pulmonary Embolism
Pulmonary embolism occurs when material, most often a blood clot, gets wedged into an artery in the lungs, commonly coming from the deep veins of your legs, a condition known as deep vein thrombosis.
Pulmonary embolism symptoms can vary and depend mostly on how much of the lung is compromised, the size of the blood clots, and the presence of underlying lung or heart disease. Pulmonary embolism can be life-threatening. Common signs and symptoms may include:
- Shortness of breath—worse with physical exertion
- Severe chest pain
- Cough—possible blood-streaked sputum
- Leg pain or swelling
- Clammy skin or skin discoloration
- Excessive sweating
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia)
- Lightheadedness or dizziness
Blood Clots & Pulmonary Embolism Lawsuits
About one-third of people with undiagnosed and untreated pulmonary embolism die. When the condition is diagnosed and treated promptly, the prognosis is much improved. There are complications that may include the development of pulmonary hypertension, a condition where the blood pressure in the lungs and in the right side of the heart is too high.
Obstructions in the arteries inside the lungs make the heart work harder to push blood through vessels, and the added pressure can weaken the heart. Higher risk for pulmonary embolism may involve:
- Hospital or nursing home confinement—patients are at risk when bedridden, inactive or immobile for long periods of time
- Serious trauma
- Malignant neoplasm
- Chemotherapy or history of cancer
- Neurologic disease
- Central venous catheter or pacemaker
- Varicose veins
- Inherited blood clotting disorders
- Being overweight or obese
- Smoking cigarettes
- Taking oral contraceptives
- Taking hormone replacement therapy
- Having diseases such as stroke, chronic heart disease, or high blood pressure
- Taking Xeljanz
For high risk patients, pulmonary embolism prevention methods can include:
- Preventing clots in the deep veins in your legs (deep vein thrombosis) by using compression stockings, which help veins and leg muscles move blood more efficiently
- Blood thinners (anticoagulants)
- Leg elevation
- Physical activity
If you or a loved one suspect a blood clot injury due to medical negligence, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Ohio, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer these critical questions.