Auger & Auger defective medical device lawyers are accepting cases from patients injured by IVC blood clot filters. These filters are marketed as a tool to help prevent blood clots from reaching the heart, lungs, and brain. Unfortunately, reports indicate some patients may suffer organ damage when parts of the filter fall out of place or when the filter breaks apart inside of the body.
Complications from defective IVC blood clot filters can be life-threatening. Patients or family members of those who are harmed by IVC filters need to pursue claims against the manufacturer C.R. Bard to recover compensation for losses and damages. Auger & Auger can help.
IVC Filters Endanger Patients
The Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) is a major vein responsible for transporting blood from lower body to the heart. When blood clots form and travel through the IVC, the blood clots can be carried to the arteries of the lungs and cause a pulmonary embolism. Blood clots traveling through the IVC can also be carried to the heart and brain, where stroke and other potentially fatal complications may occur.
An IVC blood clot filter is implanted in this important vein and intended to prevent blood clots from traveling to parts of the body where the clots are most dangerous. The filters are manufactured by C.R. Bard and commonly implanted in patients who are not able to take drugs, called anticoagulant medications, to prevent blood clots from developing.
Unfortunately, the filters themselves have been reported to cause blood clots to occur at the point of insertion. The blood clots have also broken into pieces or fallen out of place, with the filter or its parts moving through the vein and damaging the organs. Complications from the Recovery IVC Filter may have caused as many as 30 fatalities and as many as 300 patient injuries already. In total, as many as five different products from several manufacturers may be causing harm to patients including:
- The Bard Recovery Filter
- The Bard G2 Filter
- The Bard G2 Express Filter
- The Cook Gunther Tulip Filter
- The Cook Celect Filter
Patients Can Pursue Damage Claims
Patients with an IVC Filter should seek prompt medical attention if they experience:
- Pain in the chest
- Problems with heart rhythms
- A feeling of lightheadedness
- Neck pain
- Difficulty Breathing
- Internal Bleeding
Treatment may be costly for patients with IVC Filter complications and in some cases, a pulmonary embolism, stroke or hemorrhaging cannot be treated and/or causes permanent damage. When patients sustain harm due to defective medical devices, they should be compensated for all economic and non-financial losses which result.
Getting Help from North Carolina Defective Device Lawyers
Patients who wish to pursue a claim for damages based on a defective medical device will need to prove the device caused harm when used as intended. While patients may make arguments related to negligence or failure to warn, these arguments are not required for a plaintiff to prevail in civil litigation where strict liability rules make manufacturers responsible for all defects.
In the case of the Bard filters, allegations have arisen suggesting Bard knew the filters were dangerous and yet hid evidence of complications and potentially forged the signature of an employee on an FDA approval application.
Bard and other manufacturers need to be held accountable for problems its products have allegedly caused. Auger & Auger can help victims injured by IVC filters to make a case and prove their right to compensation.