IVC filters are close to the groin of patients who are recovering from accidents and surgical operations to minimize their risk of clotted blood traveling from their leg to the lung and causing fatal lung clots. Nevertheless, a lot of these filters have been alleged to cause dangerous health issues. This is usually due to fracture of the IVC filters which then travel to major body organs and cause damages to them.
There are things you need to keep in mind when filling an ivc filter lawsuit
IVC filters are retrievable
When you implanted with an IVC filter, it ought to be removed or retrieved as soon as your risk of pulmonary blood clot has dropped. Unfortunately, many patients have been with their IVC filter for a long time without retrieving it. This has predisposed them to serious health risk.
FDA in May of 2014 advised that filters should be removed within 29 to 54 days of implantation. If the filter is allowed to stay longer in the patient’s body, it increases the patient’s risk of complications.
Scores of death has happened as a result of IVC filters
In 2015 it was reported by NBC News that almost thirty deaths were recorded due to faulty IVC filters. Many people have suffered complications like perforation of the vein and organ, breakage of the IVC filter and migration to other body organs which result to life-threatening injury.
You may be eligible for some compensation under US law
Litigations have started against the producers of IVC filters. Over 100 cases have been filed against Cook Medical, and cases of over four hundred have been filed against C.R. Bard, Inc. If you have an IVC filter, you may be eligible for some compensation.
If you have a C.R. Bard Recovery, G2), Eclipse, Meridian, Denali or Cook Medical Gunther Tulip or Select, you may have a good reason to file a lawsuit against the producers of these devices and may qualify for compensation for the damages the IVC filters may have caused to you.
Things that may qualify you for legal compensation
If you are experiencing the following due to IVC filters, a lawsuit may be a good cause of action for you:
Heart and lung puncture
Hemorrhage or blood around your heart
Disruption of the heart due to excessive fluid
Acceleration of your heart rate
Perforation of the vena cava
Why you need to seek legal advice now
The earlier you seek legal advice, the better for you!
Even when you have not started having any complications with your IVC filter, it is recommended to schedule a follow-up appointment with your doctor to be sure.
As FDA continue to reveal more details of the IVC filters and its manufacturers, lawyers are becoming more aware that many rpatients could be eligible for enormous compensation particularly if the signature forgery by Bard on FDA applications is proved.
Even if you are not able to decipher whether your life has been endangered by your IVC filter, you would be able to get enough essential information when you schedule an appointment with a proficient personal injury lawyer.
Your best course of action, thus, is to schedule a free consultation with a lawyer. A good number of personal injury lawyers will offer you free consultations to discuss your case before entering into a contract with you. Some of these lawyers don’t charge any fee upfront but would enter into an agreement with you to take a certain percentage of the compensation if they help you win the case.