Defective IVC Filter Lawyers
Filing an IVC Filter Lawsuit
Being told that you have a blood clot that could potentially lead to injury or death is a frightening experience. As a result, many take their doctor’s advice and begin using medication to treat their blood clots. Unfortunately, medication does not work in every case. When this happens, a physician may recommend that you have an IVC filter implanted in your body to try and trap the clot before it causes serious harm. The bad news for patients who have gone this route is that significant side effects have been linked to the use of IVC filters.
If you or someone you love suffered a serious injury after receiving an IVC filter, you could be entitled to financial compensation—and Potts Law Firm can help. Our attorneys have successfully assisted clients in single-plaintiff lawsuits and have led mass tort and class action litigation against major pharmaceutical manufacturers and companies. We understand the complexities involved in dangerous drug and medical device cases, and we know how to help you fight to protect your rights. In every case, we strive to maximize our clients’ recoveries.
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What Is an IVC Filter?
IVC stands for inferior vena cava, a large vein that carries de-oxygenated blood from the feet, legs, and lower body back up to the heart. When an individual has blood clots, these clots can travel up the IVC to the heart and other areas of the body, which may lead to a variety of dangerous conditions, such as pulmonary embolism.
A pulmonary embolism is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening condition caused by a blockage in one of the pulmonary arteries in the lungs. Pulmonary embolisms most often develop as a result of blood clots traveling to the lungs from the legs or other parts of the body.
IVC filters were invented to help prevent pulmonary embolisms and their associated complications. These filters are implanted in the body where they capture blood clots before they enter the lungs. Unfortunately, these filters have also been linked to serious injury in some patients.
IVC filters have been used by medical professionals for nearly 50 years. Several different manufacturers produce the device. These manufacturers include Cook Medical, as well as C.R. Bard Inc. C.R. Bard produces The Bard Recovery filter, the Bard G2 filter, and the Bard G2X Express filter. Each device was initially approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA); however, various safety communications have been released since 2010 indicating a risk of adverse effects associated with the use of the filters.
The FDA has received over 1,000 reports of adverse events linked to IVC filter use since 2005. To date, at least 27 deaths and 300 injuries have been reported with regard to patients who had IVC filters implanted. The highest risks are believed to be associated with IVC filters not being removed when the risk of pulmonary embolism has subsided, and instead being left in the body for too long. The device was designed to be used only on a short-term basis.
Common Risks Associated with IVC Filters
While IVC filters may prevent pulmonary embolisms in some patients, others are not so fortunate.
There are various risks associated with the use of an IVC filter, including the following:
- The filter can move or tilt within the body, causing harm if the blood clot can get past it
- The filter can break apart within the body, allowing the clot to escape
- The filter or some of its parts can move to the heart or lungs, reducing the ability to trap a clot
- The filter can cut the inferior vena cava
- The filter can be difficult to remove
If any of these scenarios should arise, patients may suffer harm. The type of harm experienced may vary from one patient to another, but IVC filter use has been linked to several harmful effects.
Common injuries and effects associated with defective IVC filters include:
- Internal organ damage
- Bleeding and bruising
- Blood vessel damage
If you were injured, or if your loved one passed away after receiving an IVC filter, you may have grounds for legal action. Our defective IVC filter attorneys can help; reach out to The Potts Law Firm today to learn more during a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.
Who Is at Risk for an IVC Filter Injury?
A pulmonary embolism, the condition that the IVC filters were designed to prevent, is most often caused by a condition known as deep vein thrombosis. A person with deep vein thrombosis has a blood clot somewhere within the body, most often in the leg. If the clot breaks free and travels to the lungs, it can result in a pulmonary embolism.
While anyone can develop blood clots, certain groups of people are at especially high risk. These groups include people who:
- Are immobile
- Have cancer and are receiving treatment
- Have recently had surgery, such as a knee or hip replacement
- Have suffered a heart attack, congestive heart failure, or stroke
- Have a previous history of blood clots
- Suffer from spinal cord paralysis
- Have varicose veins
- Have inflammatory bowel disease
- Are taking post-menopausal hormone replacements
- Are pregnant or giving birth
Patients suffering from dangerous blood clots can be treated with various types of blood thinning medications or other drugs. When these interventions do not work, doctors may then turn to an IVC filter to try to prevent a pulmonary embolism from occurring. It is these patients who may be at risk of harm caused by IVC filter use.
Determining Whether You Have a Claim
You may have grounds for an IVC filter claim if you can prove that you were injured after receiving an IVC filter device. You will also need to prove that your injuries are related to the IVC filter failing to perform as intended or being otherwise defective.
You could also have grounds for legal action if your loved one died due to a pulmonary embolism or other complications related to a defective IVC filter. Depending on the specific details of your situation, you may be eligible to take part in ongoing mass litigation, such as a class action lawsuit. However, you may also wish to pursue single-plaintiff litigation. Our attorneys can review the details of your case and provide information specific to your situation.
The best way to know whether you have an IVC filter claim is to contact a knowledgeable lawyer, like those at The Potts Law Firm. During a completely free consultation, we can discuss your legal rights and options, as well as provide a general roadmap for your recovery.
Compensation for Victims of Defective IVC Filters
Defective IVC filters can cause significant injuries, long-lasting complications, and even death. For victims and surviving loved ones, the road to recovery can be long, painful, and immensely difficult. By filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim, you can seek financial compensation for the various losses, or “damages,” you have endured as a result of your injury or loved one’s passing.
Depending on the unique factors involved in your case, you may be entitled to compensation for the following damages:
- Medical expenses, including future care costs
- Physical and mental pain and suffering
- Diminished quality and/or enjoyment of life
- In-home assistance and care
- Miscellaneous out-of-pocket expenses
- Funeral and/or burial expenses
- Loss of earning ability due to permanent injury or impairment
- Loss of love, companionship, comfort, and society
- Lost income and wages, including future earnings
- Lost inheritance
At The Potts Law Firm, we understand the challenges you and your family are facing, and we want to help. Our IVC filter lawsuit attorneys are here to aggressively advocate for you and the full, fair compensation you deserve—even if that means taking your case to trial.
Let The Potts Law Firm Team Fight for You
Our IVC filter attorneys have significant experience handling complex defective medical device claims, as well as a long and proven track record of success. We represent clients nationwide from multiple office locations. We genuinely care about the people, families, and communities we serve, which is why we prioritize compassion, empathy, and understanding in our legal practice. Most importantly, we will be there to guide you through the process and fight for every penny you are owed.
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If you suspect that your injuries or medical complications are the result of a defective IVC filter, it is important that you reach out to a knowledgeable attorney with experience in this area of law. These cases fall under product liability law and are further complicated by pharmaceutical regulations. You need someone who understands the process and who can help you navigate the legal system.
When you hire the team at Potts Law Firm, you can rest assured that we will do everything in our power to recover maximum compensation on your behalf. Our firm is well-known and highly regarded for its efficient and aggressive approach to litigation. We act quickly and utilize our extensive resources to build powerful cases for our clients.
If you are unsure if you have a case, don’t hesitate to call us today for a free consultation. Our team of experienced attorneys are ready to review your claim and fight for you.
Q:How much does it cost to hire a defective medical device lawyer?
Most defective medical device lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not pay any upfront legal fees or litigation-related expenses (with some exceptions) when you hire your lawyer. Instead, your legal team will receive compensation for its work on your case via a percentage of your total settlement or verdict. If you do not receive a settlement or verdict, you do not pay.
Q:How do I know if my IVC filter was defective?
Your IVC filter may be defective if it failed to work as intended or if it caused a secondary injury. In other words, if you received an IVC filter to prevent pulmonary embolism or another medical condition, but you still suffered an injury or complication, you could have a case. You could also have grounds for legal action if you received an IVC filter that broke, malfunctioned, or otherwise cause harm.
Q:What makes an IVC filter defective?
An IVC filter may be defective if it contains a design flaw, manufacturing error, or labeling/marketing defect. Defective design means that the IVC filter is inherently and unreasonably unsafe for typical use due to an error in the product’s actual design. A manufacturing defect occurs when the IVC filter was properly designed, but a mistake is made or a flaw is introduced during production. Labeling/marketing defects refer to missing or incomplete safety warnings, instructions, etc., as well as false advertising or misuse of a product for unintended and untested use.
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