There have been recent studies that suggest that IVC Filters which are used to prevent pulmonary embolism are breaking have shards of metal travel throughout the body at an alarming rate. There has been research floated out to the legal community that 1 in 4 IVC Filters break off inside the body. The FDA has urged doctors to remove the IVC Filters as soon as the threat of pulmonary embolism subsides. The manufacture of the product is CR Bard. The FDA received at least 1,000 reports of adverse events since IVC Filters were introduced in 2005. The IVC Filters were designed to prevent blood clots from forming, but they can splinter off causing strokes or worse, death. These metal shards can spinter off and travel through the blood stream and end up vital organs such as the heart or lungs. The IVC Filter looks similar to a metal spider and it sits against walls of the "inferior vena cava" or IVC. There are other companies that also manufacturers IVC Filters including Cook and B. Braun. These devices are intended to be removed by the doctor after the threat of pulmonary embolism is gone. However in March of 2014 a study indicates that IVC Filters are rarely removed. The Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society stated that over 40% of patients who were given IVC filters suffered penetration. Shockingly even with these complications only 1.6% of the IVC filters are removed.
There have been reports that IVC filter lawsuits against Cook Medical may be consolidated in the Southern Indiana creating a IVC filters MDL. There are reportedly 27 different IVC filters lawsuits against Cook. There was also a IVC filter lawsuit filed in Texas recently. A women and her husband filed the IVC filters in West Texas against Bard. She had the IVC filter implanted in 2007 and the IVC filter penetrated her vena cava wall and the device could not be removed. They are suing for failure to warn, negligent misrepresentation, loss of consortium, among other claims. There have been nearly 100,000 IVC filter devices installed in patients in the United States.
Some of the Side Effects that can be caused by IVC filter devices including:
There have been reports of numerous IVC Filter lawsuits after patients have suffered injuries after the filter breaks off and enters the client's blood stream and into vital organs.
IVC Filter Lawsuit Information: If your or a loved one suffered an injury after being given an IVC Filter, you should consult an IVC Filter lawyer as soon as possible in order to protect your claim for a IVC Filter Lawsuit and settlement.
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