July 21, 2016 · FLEMING | NOLEN | JEZ, L.L.P.
We know the various effects that an IVC filter failure can have on a person, as well as the lawsuits that have been brought forward as a result of the injuries sustained by patients who have been implanted with the device. However, not many people are sure of what damages have been associated with the pending lawsuits, what they may be able to recover, and how they are affected. IVC filter failure has the potential to cause serious consequences to a patient, with the worst case scenario resulting in death. This risk is due to the possibility of some part or all of the device migrating from the inferior vena cava.
At Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P, our IVC filter attorneys understand how difficult this time can be for a victim and his or her family. There is so much uncertainty involved, and with the possibility of the IVC filter being irretrievable, the future may be uncertain. These individuals may not know what options they have and how they can move forward. We want potential clients to understand what kind of damages they may be entitled to if they choose to file a lawsuit. Furthermore, we want them to know that we can help them pursue and recover those damages from the negligent medical device manufacturer.
Economic Damages You May Recover
Because of the potential risk of damages related to IVC filters, a lawsuit may allow you to recover economic damages for the financial losses you have suffered. Some of the economic damages you may recover include your lost wages from missing work, medical expenses, and any other out of pocket expenses you incur related to your IVC filter.
In some areas, there is a possibility that the plaintiff would be able to recover noneconomic damages. Unlike economic damages, noneconomic damages do not have an exact monetary value, such as how much a person would have lost by no longer working. These are the types of damages that are awarded for the personal losses and suffering of the victim. This can include any disabilities or disfigurements the victim suffered, emotional trauma, lost enjoyment or quality of life, and physical pain and suffering.
If the plaintiff is the loved one of someone who died as a result of an IVC filter failure, they may be able to seek damages for lost guidance, support, consortium, and companionship. These types of damages are often more meaningful for the victim because it can also hold the negligent party accountable for their oversight of safety measures.
IVC Filter Attorneys Fighting for Your Rights
Our team at Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P. is dedicated to helping clients in their times of need. We know what it takes to hold the manufacturers of dangerous medical devices liable when someone is seriously harmed. You can take action and we can help you.
Call our firm today to discuss your potential claim with our skilled attorneys.