Long Island IVC Filter Lawsuit Lawyer

Whenever you receive a surgical implant, you are at an increased risk for complications. Since inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are placed in a primary vein, any complications can quickly become serious or life-threatening conditions. At Rosenberg & Gluck, LLP, our Long Island IVC filter lawsuit lawyers represent clients nationwide in IVC filter cases.

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How IVC Filters Work

A physician may recommend a temporary or permanent IVC filter implant if blood-thinning medication is not an option. IVC Filters are also known as “inferior vena cava.” They are cage-like, one-inch long mechanisms created to return deoxygenated blood to the heart from the lower body. They assist with proper blood flow whilst preventing blood clots from moving freely throughout the body. They are typically inserted into a main vein, or the inferior vena cava, just below the kidneys.

The filters are designed to avert pulmonary embolism (PE) or potential blood clots. Blood clots have the ability to travel throughout the body and can become lodged in the heart or lungs. This can prove to be fatal. These devices were intended for patients who have trouble using anticoagulant products.

Candidates for this type of filter include those who suffer from deep vein thrombosis, a recent physical trauma, or immobilization.

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What Are Common Complications That Arise From Ivc Filter Implants?

When it works perfectly, an IVC filter solves a potentially life-threatening problem. One blood clot in the wrong area can cause severe injury or death. However, when a device does not work properly because of a product defect or a health care professional’s negligence, a patient may still suffer severe injury or life-threatening complications. Contact our office to speak with a compassionate IVC filter lawsuit attorney if you experience any of the below complications.

Common complications from IVC filter procedures include:

  • Drifting – An improperly placed or faulty device may not maintain its position within the vein. As soon as it slips out of place, the filter has no ability to block blood clots. This complication can precede a pulmonary embolism (when a blood clot blocks blood flow to the lungs) or it can cause additional device-related complications.

Pulmonary emboli can cause almost immediate death if the clots reach the lungs. Those who do not die always require early treatment to recover. Symptoms of a pulmonary embolism include chest pain, anxiety, fainting, and/or shortness of breath.

  • Perforations – If an improperly placed device moves, it can tear the lining of a blood vessel or an organ, causing numerous complications. Internal bleeding and sepsis (total body infection) are just two serious problems that can arise after an internal perforation.
  • Device breakdown – Many filters feature delicate branching arms. If any piece of the device breaks off, it can cause perforations or lower-extremity blockages, fail to prevent a pulmonary embolism, or reach the heart or lungs.
  • Stuck devices – If a device remains inside the body for too long, it may become embedded and unsafe to remove. In some cases, an embedded device can have harmful side effects for a patient. The Food and Drug Administration indicates that the ideal window for removal is 29-54 days after the initial procedure.

Governed History of IVC Filters

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning to manufacturers and sellers of IVC Filters in August 2010. They suggested that specific types of these filters were to be removed after the risks of acute pulmonary embolism (PE) were detected and confirmed.

By May 2014, hundreds of complaints were recorded about the negative side effects of IVC Filters on the human body. The FDA informed all medical professionals regarding the potential dangers of long term use of these filters. The FDA stated that the duration of IVC Filters present in the human body is directly related to the chances of a fracture. Simply put, the longer the filters are placed in the body, the higher the likelihood of a fracture. Bearing this in mind, the FDA advised the immediate removal of all such filters.

By August 2015, the American Medical Association confirmed that the dangers of IVC Filters outweighed their medical benefits. The Association warned the public about the serious health risks of IVC Filters and the severe complications that have resulted from their medical use in patients.

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Governed History of IVC Filters

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning to manufacturers and sellers of IVC Filters in August 2010. They suggested that specific types of these filters were to be removed after the risks of acute pulmonary embolism (PE) were detected and confirmed.

By May 2014, hundreds of complaints were recorded about the negative side effects of IVC Filters on the human body. The FDA informed all medical professionals regarding the potential dangers of long term use of these filters. The FDA stated that the duration of IVC Filters present in the human body is directly related to the chances of a fracture. Simply put, the longer the filters are placed in the body, the higher the likelihood of a fracture. Bearing this in mind, the FDA advised the immediate removal of all such filters.

By August 2015, the American Medical Association confirmed that the dangers of IVC Filters outweighed their medical benefits. The Association warned the public about the serious health risks of IVC Filters and the severe complications that have resulted from their medical use in patients.

IVC Filter Brands that May Put You at Risk

There are several different IVC filters on the market today, and some may provide more protection for patients than others. In particular, Cook and C.R. Bard-manufactured IVC filters may represent an increased risk of complications for patients. These manufacturers are facing lawsuits for device-related complications across the United States.

Other filters may also cause complications. Talk to your doctor about the device manufacturer before you agree to a procedure and if you experience any complications after a procedure. Insist on retrieval or replacement, and don’t be afraid to voice any concerns.

Schedule a Consultation with a Long Island IVC Filter Lawsuit Lawyer

There are currently over 10,000 documented cases against both C.R. Bard and Cook Medical. The cases are ongoing. It is important to contact a reputable attorney to help you through this sensitive time.

If you have experienced any complications from an IVC filter procedure, contact an attorney about your ability to take legal action. Patients who take action after a device complication may obtain the compensation needed to start the recovery process and might prevent others from experiencing the same complications in the future.

At Rosenberg & Gluck, LLP, we understand the frightening nature of device complications. For many patients, a complication is a life or death matter. Trust the Long Island personal injury attorneys who know about IVC filter lawsuits. Contact our office today for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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