A Mississippi IVC filter lawsuit may be an option for patients who have suffered complications as a result of an IVC filter procedure. Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are small, umbrella-like devices that are commonly used in patients who are at risk of suffering from a pulmonary embolism, a condition which can lead to serious medical complications and in some cases, death. While this procedure has proven successful in some instances, many other patients have filed IVC filter lawsuits against the device makers as a result of injuries received from IVC filters.
If you or a loved one suffered complications after an IVC filter procedure, contact Attorney Group for Mississippi 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 Mississippi IVC filter attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
What Are IVC Filters?
There are an estimated 300,000 new cases of Venous Thromboembolic (VTE) disease every year, and about one in every 1,000 people are at risk for the disease. VTE occurs when a blood clot develops in the lower body and travels through the inferior vena cava into the heart or lungs. The presence of a blood clot in either of these areas could cause serious injury or death. Physicians use IVC filters to essentially catch blood clots within the basket-like legs of the device to prevent the clots from getting any closer to the lungs or heart.
Patients who qualify for IVC filter insertion are often first treated with anti-coagulation medication. When blood thinners are not effective, a filter may be the next step. Those who have recently undergone major surgery or have a history of deep vein thrombosis or VTE are the most common IVC filter candidates.
Mississippi IVC Filter Lawsuit: Risks Associated With IVC Filters
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), shifting and migration are two of many adverse events associated with these devices. Another issue with faulty filters includes breakage, which allows pieces of wire splinters and shards to drift upward and lodge in the heart or lungs. When this occurs, a patient is at high risk of serious injury or even death.
A Mississippi man filed a lawsuit against IVC filter manufacturer C.R. Bard. In the lawsuit claiming that he suffered from complications allegedly caused by a G2 IVC filter after it tilted after insertion, causing the metal legs to penetrate the inferior vena cava’s walls. Surgical attempts have been made to retrieve the filter, but have all been unsuccessful. The plaintiff claims that complications with the device are ongoing and the IVC filter has to be monitored to prevent future injuries.
Other IVC Filter Risks
Usually an IVC filter is more difficult to retrieve the longer it has been in place, and some removal procedures have been unsuccessful. Retrievable filters may be left in the vein based on a physician’s assessment of the risk factors for removal. The FDA warns that retrievable IVC filters have caused serious health issues for hundreds of patients since 2005. Experts believe that leaving the device in a vein after it is no longer needed can lead to a high risk of injury to the patient. Adverse events associated with the filters include the following:
- Perforation of the vein
- Filter damage
- Detached filter components
- Migration of the filter
These known risks are believed to be related to long term use of filters that should be removed once the threat from blood clots has been mitigated, the agency stated.
Attorneys are alleging serious injuries and other complications in Mississippi IVC filter lawsuits being filed on behalf of affected patients.
How a Mississippi 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 Mississippi IVC filter lawyer to learn more about their rights and remedies.
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