March 31, 2016 · FLEMING | NOLEN | JEZ, L.L.P.
It seems like almost every day, more lawsuits emerge regarding the IVC filter. Recently, a class action was filed in Canada regarding the inferior vena cava filter. There are a number of complications associated with the IVC filter implant that can cause serious damage to the patient. Lawsuits, like the personal injury lawsuits being filed in the United States against the manufacturers of IVC filters, can prove beneficial in improving the safety of these medical devices and help protect patients from harm.
At Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P., our IVC filter lawsuit attorneys understand these types of cases. We have experience handling matters related to IVC filters and we know the manufacturers of these types of products. We want potential clients to know what the device does, be aware of the various problems that can occur and understand why so many people are taking legal action.
What is the IVC Filter?
When an individual has deep vein thrombosis and develops blood clots, they are at risk of the blood clot moving throughout the body and into the lungs. This is called a pulmonary embolism and can be fatal. When doctors know of blood clots, they may recommend an IVC filter which resembles a spider with metal prongs used to catch the blood clots like a net. This is supposed to help prevent the blood clots from reaching other parts of the body.
IVC Filter Complications
Unfortunately, this device, which is supposed to help us, can sometimes hurt patients. Various reports assert the adverse events associated with IVC filters. If any of these complications occur, they have the potential to seriously harm the patient or, even worse, have fatal consequences.
Complications associated with IVC filters include, but are not limited to:
- Dislodging and migrating device
- Broken prongs flowing into the lung / heart
- Irretrievable devices
If a prong breaks off of the IVC filter and flows to the lung or heart, it can cause even more damage or death. It is important to be aware of recommendations from the doctor regarding removal of the device. Removal is recommended between 29 and 54 days after the day the device is implanted.
Why File a Lawsuit?
When these devices fail, they can cause serious damage to the patient. This often results in long-term pain, further medical needs, and more. This can lead to expenses a patient may not be able to afford. A lawsuit can help the patient affected by the device recover compensation. Even more important, though, filing a lawsuit holds the manufacturer of the device accountable for their actions and forces them to rethink the design and manufacturing process to make a safer product.
Our team at Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P. can help you file the necessary claim if you qualify. We know what it takes to win on behalf of our clients and we have more than 170 years of experience helping those in need. If you have received the IVC filter and suffered serious and painful side effects, contact our firm today.