People who are at high risk of blood clots have an increased chance of suffering an embolism, which occurs when a blood clot travels to the lungs or heart. Until recently, the primary way to lower this risk was to take anticoagulants or blood thinners. However, not everybody could safely take these blood thinners, and they were sometimes ineffective. In the early 2000s, pharmaceutical companies introduced inferior vena cava (IVC) filters as an alternative to anticoagulants. However, it turns out that IVC filters can do significantly more harm than good.
If you or your loved one has received an IVC filter and suffered harm as a result, you may be entitled to financial compensation. A seasoned IVC filter lawyer can help you understand your options. The mass tort attorneys at Braddock Law Firm, PLLC are ready to help you navigate the complexities of the justice system. Call us today.
Potential Dangers Posed by IVC Filters
The purpose of inferior vena cava filters is to prevent blood clots from reaching the lungs or the heart. Doctors expected that these medical devices would significantly benefit patients. However, these filters can break down, which can have devastating consequences. Pieces of the filter can break off over time and travel through your veins into your lungs or heart, potentially causing a fatal pulmonary or cardiac embolism. Other potential risks posed by these filters include:
- Internal bleeding
- Damage to the lungs
- Puncture wounds or other damage to your heart or other organs
- Constant chest pain
- Deep vein thrombosis of the lower limbs
- Nerve injuries
With the timely removal of an IVC filter, some patients can make a full recovery. Sadly, for other patients, it is too late. Compassionate attorneys understand how challenging it can be to lose a loved one to a preventable cause of death. Our experienced IVC filter attorneys can help your family seek justice for their loss in a wrongful death claim.
Claims Against IVC Filter Manufacturers
Because of their tendency to break or malfunction, the FDA recommends that all patients have retrievable IVC filters removed as soon as possible. After visiting with your doctor, you should speak with the team at Braddock Law Firm, PLLC about making a legal claim against the device’s manufacturers.
We can help file a claim against the manufacturing company on various grounds including:
- Design defects
- Manufacturing defects, particularly if we can prove that the manufacturer used substandard materials or made other production errors
- Misrepresentation and failure to warn against the known risks of IVC filters.
A knowledgeable attorney can work to determine what an IVC filter manufacturer knew about their product before releasing it, how it was made, and whether they made any errors for which they are responsible.
Call an IVC Filter Attorney Today
Although almost all medication, medical technology, and medical devices come with some risks, the risks posed by IVC filters are unreasonably high. Additionally, most patients did not receive adequate instructions or warnings about the possible hazards. In many cases, their doctors did not even know of the dangers.
If you or a loved one experienced complications due to a defective medical device, call a hardworking IVC filter lawyer with Braddock Law Firm, PLLC to help you fight back. We can help you hold the negligent medical device manufacturer accountable for their wrongful actions and recover compensation for your harm and financial bills.