A Colorado IVC filter lawsuit may be an option for patients who have suffered complications as a result of an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter procedure. For patients at a high risk of developing deep vein thrombosis, treatment using an IVC filter is quite common but a number of patients allege to have experienced serious complications as a result of using IVC filters. As a result of these complications, many patients have filed IVC filter lawsuits against the device makers.
If you or a loved one suffered complications after an IVC filter procedure, contact Attorney Group for Colorado to learn more. We offer free, confidential, no obligation consultations. We can help answer your questions and inform you of your options. If you choose to pursue a claim, we can connect you with an affiliated IVC filter attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
What Are IVC Filters?
Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism are two medical conditions that can be treated using IVC filters. While anticoagulants are also a common treatment for these conditions, some patients (such as those with diabetes or bleeding disorders) are unable to tolerate drug treatment regimens. Deep vein thrombosis is a condition where blood clots form in a person’s lower extremities (typically within the pelvis, thighs, and legs), though they can sometimes form within the arms or chest.
While these clots are not necessarily harmful on their own, they can cause serious medical concern if they travel from the lower body to other areas. Pulmonary embolism occurs when a clot makes its way to the lungs, which can be fatal under certain circumstances. IVC filters are meant to reduce the occurrence of pulmonary embolism by blocking the path of clots within the inferior vena cava. This is accomplished by the spider-like design of the metal device, which prevents clots from moving forward through the body but does not block the flow of blood.
Colorado IVC Filter Lawsuit: Risks Associated With IVC Filters
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a safety communication in 2010 listing the many alleged complications associated with IVC filters. Over 900 patients reported complications of some form, with the majority claiming injury resulting from migration of the IVC filter. Other reports included embolization as a result of IVC filter placement, perforation of veins and organs, and IVC filters that became fractured. Accordingly, the FDA recommends a timely removal of IVC filters when either the risk of pulmonary embolism subsides or the patient can undergo anticoagulant therapy.
In addition to this FDA safety communication, other data suggests similar complications related to IVC filters. After reviewing the hospital records of 952 patients who underwent IVC filter treatment, the Journal of the American Medical Association recommends a cautious approach to using these devices. Their data suggests that many patients experienced elevated rates of device failure, which in some cases led to an increase in instances of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Referring to these outcomes as “suboptimal”, the Journal advises physicians to seek alternative treatments, as well as calling for further testing of IVC filters in a clinical setting.
Attorneys are alleging serious injuries and other complications in Colorado IVC filter lawsuits being filed on behalf of affected patients.
How a Colorado IVC Filter Lawsuit Can Help
Medical device makers have a duty to provide safe products. If there are risks of harm associated with their devices, they also must provide adequate warnings. If a device maker fails to fulfill this duty, it could be held liable in lawsuits for injuries that may result.
If a patient dies from complications related to a defective IVC Filter, family members may be entitled to compensation for the wrongful death of their loved one.
Patients who have suffered severe complications from IVC filters, as well as the families of those who have died as a result of complications with the device, are encouraged to seek the advice of a Colorado IVC filter lawyer to learn more about their rights and remedies.
For more information, contact Attorney Group for Colorado. When you contact us, an attorney will follow up with you to speak with you about your case or answer questions that you might have. There is no cost or obligation to speak with us, and any information you provide will be kept confidential.
Please note that the law limits the time you have to pursue a claim or file a lawsuit for an injury. If you think you have a case, you should not delay taking action.