Lawsuits: IVC Filters May Break Apart and Puncture Organs

A Missouri IVC filter injury attorney notes that plaintiffs claim that IVC filter devices can cause pain, infections and other serious medical problems because they can fracture, migrate within the body and puncture organs. Despite the alleged risks, device manufacturers say that the filters are safe and help save thousands of lives each year. Affected patients and their families may be able to file a lawsuit with the help of a Missouri IVC filter attorney.

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Plaintiffs Claim Additionally Surgeries Were Needed to Recapture Filters

Plaintiffs who have filed suit against Cook Medical, one of the nation’s three largest makers of blood-colt filters, claim that IVC filters have a tendency to break apart, migrate within the body and puncture organs. Additionally, many plaintiffs claim that they developed infections, suffered pain and had to undergo additional surgeries to recapture the device. According to The Indiana Lawyer, representatives for the company at the center of the controversy say they have no plans to settle any of the claims, though plaintiffs’ lawyers noted the company’s hiring of “settlement counsel” may indicate otherwise.

While about 460 of the lawsuits were filed within the last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration noted in 2010 that it received about 1,000 adverse reports from patients who had used the filters in the five years prior. The severity of the side effects experienced by patients often depend on a number of factors, according to one lawyer from a firm representing nine injured plaintiffs. When devices are located and removed quickly and effectively from patients’ bodies, health care professionals have a better chance of determining the severity of the side effects.

How a Missouri IVC Filter Injury Attorney 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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