When medical devices are defectively manufactured, they present hazards for the patients that use them. This is exactly what has happened to hundreds of patients who have had an IVC filter implanted within them. Now, some patients are taking action by filing a lawsuit against the IVC filters’ manufacturers, seeking damages for the harm that they have suffered. If you are the victim of a defective IVC filter, the passionate product liability attorneys at Oldham & Smith want to help you. We have significant experience advocating on behalf of injured clients, and we are eager to assist you throughout each step of your case.
What Is an IVC Filter?
An IVC filter refers to a small device that is implanted into the inferior vena cava (a major vein in the body, and from where the filter gets its name) with the intent of capturing blood clots so that they cannot reach the heart. The filters are retrievable, meaning that they can be removed once they are no longer necessary. IVC filters are most often used on patients who are at risk of pulmonary embolism, and for whom traditional therapies (like anticoagulants) are ineffective.
The Risks of IVC Filters
While IVC filters are designed to save people’s lives by preventing blood clots from traveling to the lungs, the devices are not always safe. In fact, the United States Food & Drug Administration has received reports ofmore than 900 adverse patient events associated with the filters, ranging from device migration, perforation, embolization, and more. These events have put patients at risk, leading to complications including, but not limited to, pain, organ punctures, the need for surgery, heart issues, and more.
IVC Filters & Mass Tort Actions
In response to the harm caused by the IVC filters, most of which are manufactured by C.R. Bard and Cook Medical, many individuals have taken legal action by joining a mass tort. The mass tort against the IVC filters’ manufacturers – which refers to a civil action in which multiple plaintiffs seek damages for similar injuries from one or more defendants – allege that C.R. Bard and Cook Medical manufactured defective devices, concealed information about the devices’ risks, and continued marketing the devices despite known risks.
If you have been injured by an IVC filter, you too may be able to join an existing mass tort. You also have the right to file an independent civil action.
How the Attorney of Oldham & Smith Can Help You
At Oldham & Smith, our experienced Florida product liability attorneys believe in working hard on our clients’ behalf to get them the damages that they deserve. If you think that you may have a case against the manufacturer of an IVC filter, we want to help you in taking legal action. We will fight aggressively on your behalf to help ensure you are able to recover the compensation to which you are truly entitled. To learn more about what we can do for you – like opening an investigation into the cause of your health complication and negligence on the part of device manufacturers – contact us today for a free case consultation. You can call us directly at (352) 292-1620.