If you were injured by a faulty medical device—such as an IVC filter—you may be owed damages. A number of these devices, made by C. R. Bard and Cook Medical, are believed to be the cause of hundreds of serious injuries in patients who have had the devices implanted.
An IVC filter, or Inferior Vena Cava filter, is a small spider-like device that is implanted in the largest vein, just below the kidneys, called the inferior vena cava. The filter is designed to capture blood clots migrating from the legs before they can go to the heart, lungs or brain, and potentially cause a heart attack or pulmonary embolism. The IVC filter is meant to block the movement of the blood clot, allowing normal blood to flow around the trapped clot. Over time, natural anticoagulants in the blood break down the clot.
When certain IVC Filters entered the market, the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) began getting reports of problems caused by some of these filters. The problems included the devices breaking, fracturing and moving to different parts of the body, resulting in punctured organs or blood vessels, and even death.
When an IVC filter fractures or migrates, it can cause a wide range of symptoms, including:
The symptoms can be indicators of heart damage, lung damage, internal bleeding, or a pulmonary embolism. These can result in stroke or death.
The product names of the implants that are the focus of ongoing litigation are:
A Kentucky attorney who is familiar with IVC filter claims could help anyone suffering from these or other conditions to consider their legal options.
Thousands of patients across the United States had IVC filters implanted without proper knowledge that they were at risk of severe medical complications from these devices. The device manufacturers need to be held responsible for their negligence, be forced to inform doctors and patients of the risks associated with the filters, and ultimately take their defective products off the market entirely.
Plaintiffs began filing lawsuits across the country claiming the filters caused harm and death, alleging manufacturers’ negligence, failure to warn, design defects, manufacturing defects, breach of implied warranty and negligent misrepresentation on the part the companies and their subsidiaries.
If you’ve been diagnosed with complications as a result of having an IVC blood clot filter implanted, you may have a case with the help of a Kentucky IVC filter claims lawyer for assistance. Because this is a time-sensitive matter, it’s important you fill out the form now so that we can assess your case and contact you if we determine you qualify.
When you choose a medical device attorney, you need to be represented by someone you can trust and who will treat your case with the importance that it deserves. At Becker Law Office, we are driven by a single goal: to protect the rights of our clients.
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