A North Carolina IVC filter attorney notes a prominent physician who claims IVC filter device maker put profits ahead of patient safety. IVC Filter sellers are facing numerous lawsuits alleging that the devices are unsafe. Affected patients and their families may be eligible to pursue claims with the help of a North Carolina IVC Filter lawyer
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Doctor Claims IVC Filters Consistently Fracture
A Stanford Medical Center surgeon, Dr. William Kuo, with more than 1,000 IVC filter removal surgeries to his credit is calling out C.R. Bard and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for their inaction related to the alleged faulty device, Bard’s G2 IVC filter. According to Ring of Fire, the surgeon believes the device maker forged ahead with marketing and distributing of what it knew was a defective product in a classic case of prioritizing “profits over people.”
IVC filters are intended to help prevent blood clots and the devices are notoriously difficult to remove. The surgeon, known for performing IVC filter-removal surgeries others in the field considered too risky, is questioning whether a removable filter was necessary at all when a relatively trouble-free, permanent model already existed. The surgeon continued:
“All of the data that we’ve seen in our own studies, as well as other clinician researchers’, is that this device consistently fractures, consistently causes major complications. The number of complications, the frequency of severe failures makes it obvious that it was never safe to be implanted.”
Though a recent NBC news investigation shined a spotlight on Bard’s IVC filter device, the company faced scrutiny in 2015 and ultimately settled over allegations its vaginal mesh filter device was also allegedly defective, the website reported.
How A North Carolina IVC Filter 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.
Patients who are injured by IVC filters may be entitled to compensation for damages, including:
- Medical expenses
- The permanency of the injury
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish
- Loss of income or ability to work
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, including:
- Conscious pain and suffering of a loved one prior to death
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish from the loss of a loved one
- Funeral expenses
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 North Carolina IVC filter attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies.
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