Lawsuits Regarding IVC Filters in Charlotte
Many patients who received defective medical devices have filed lawsuits against manufacturers of IVC filters. The claims made in these lawsuits include negligence, defective design, and that some manufacturers had prior knowledge of the risk of the filters and did not address those risks. The purpose of IVC filters is to prevent patients from suffering pulmonary embolisms due to blood clots traveling to their brain or heart.If You Have Suffered an Injury Due to an IVC Filter, We can Help
Unfortunately, IVC filters can cause patients serious complications. Many people with IVC filters have claimed that the manufacturers failed to provide a safe product. IVC filters can become clogged, preventing proper blood flow. They can also migrate to other parts of the body and become implanted in a person's organs, causing serious harm.
Faulty IVC filters can cause blood clots that are dangerous and possibly deadly. In other cases, medical professionals misdiagnose IVC filter problems, mistaking these problems with deep vein thrombosis. Defective products as well as medical malpractice are both legally valid reasons to file a claim.
If you or a loved one have suffered complications due to an IVC filter, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our law firm as soon as possible to schedule your initial consultation with one of our experienced Charlotte personal injury lawyers.FDA Warnings for IVC Blood Filters
On August 9, 2020, the FDA issued a safety warning for certain IVC blood filters. In a report titled “Removing Retrievable Inferior Vena Cava Filters: Initial Communications, the FDA cautioned that leaving IVC filters in someone's body too long could cause serious complications. The FDA offered a warning for clinicians and physicians who leave IVC filters for too long.
In the report, the FDA suggested retrieving IVC filters after the risk of a patient's blood clot has subsided. One of the main concerns of the FDA was that doctors would not remove filters designed for short-term placement before the filters become clogged or cause an increased risk of pulmonary embolism.
In 2015, the FDA warned IVC filter manufacturer C.R. Bard, Inc. of potential safety issues with the filters. In this warning, the FDA discussed the dangerous design of C.R. Bard's IVC filters. The warning letter also discussed safety violations made in C.R. Bard plants in Queensbury, NY, and Tempe, Arizona. The results stated that Bard violated the law by manufacturing and selling the Recovery Cone Removal System. Specifically, the FDA mentioned Model RC-15, G2X FIlter, and G2 Express Filter.Bringing an IVC Filter Lawsuit
At Arnold & Smith, PLLC, we believe that when medical devices fail to work properly, the manufacturers should be held liable for their defective designs. The first step is to take legal action against the IVC filter manufacturer. Many of our clients have faced significant financial difficulties in injuries caused by IVC filters. When IVC filters become defective, they can cause severe leg pain, organ damage, and even death.
Many of our clients who have suffered severe injuries need significant time in a hospital. They may need to take significant time off of work to seek treatment and recover from their injuries. Many victims of faulty IVC filters worry about how they will pay their bills and keep their families alive. Securing compensation through a personal injury lawsuit can provide financial stability. Successful plaintiffs can recover economic and non-economic damages, including the following:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Expenses related to medical equipment
- Lost past and future wages due to the injuries
- Pain and suffering
Have you or your loved one suffered complications from a C.R. Bard, or Cook Medical IVC filter? If so you may have a right to file a lawsuit. We understand that the thought of filing a lawsuit can be extremely overwhelming. The best first step to take is to speak to a skilled lawyer. At Arnold & Smith, PLLC, we can advise you regarding your legal options. We will help guide you through the legal process of filing a lawsuit in court.
By working with a skilled lawyer, our clients often feel a burden lifted from their shoulders. When our law firm takes new cases, we take over the process of investigating the claim, gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and developing a winning legal strategy. We have the legal experience and financial resources to make sure that your rights are protected in North Carolina courts. Contact our law firm as soon as possible to schedule your free initial consultation.