Report: IVC Filter Use Persists Despite FDA Warnings

An Illinois IVC filter injury lawyer notes that, despite research and an FDA warning indicating that inferior vena cava blood clot filters can put patients at risk, hundreds of thousands of people still reportedly receive these filters each year. Many of these patients may suffer grievous complications as a result of these filters moving, breaking apart or failing to catch blood clots. Affected patients and their families may be able to file a lawsuit with the help of a Illinois IVC filter lawsuit attorney.

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Filter Failure Could Lead to Serious or Fatal Complications

Each year, as many as 250,000 people in the U.S. receive inferior vena cava filters, which are designed to catch blood clots and prevent embolisms, in spite of the potential safety risks. Patient reports indicate that these devices can fail by migrating, breaking apart or becoming perforated, which can result in serious or fatal complications, according to WOAI News. Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning about these issues in May 2014, many doctors still recommend these devices to patients who are at risk for blood clots.

According to the FDA, IVC filters should be removed as soon as a patient is no longer in danger of embolism. However, in some cases, patients may suffer complications before these devices can be removed. One woman, who is now seeking damages from an IVC filter company, has an implanted filter that doctors have not been able to remove due to the growth of tissue around the device. The woman’s attorney notes that several other patients have similarly received IVC filters that cannot be removed and could eventually fail, resulting in serious injuries.

How an Illinois IVC Filter Injury Lawyer 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.

People injured by defective IVC filters may be eligible to recover money for:

  • Medical Expenses
  • Lost Wages
  • Pain and Suffering

The families of those killed may be eligible to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one.

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