Blood clots can cause painful deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, heart attack and stroke. Unfortunately, an inferior vena cava filter, a medical device used to prevent blood clots from traveling to the lungs, can produce complications that are every bit as dangerous. If you had an IVC filter implanted and suffered harm due to a defect, you are entitled to full personal injury compensation. Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban fights for injured patients. We provide the aggressive representation necessary to hold medical device companies accountable for product defects.
An IVC filter is a metal device inserted into the inferior vena cava, the largest vein of the body, to prevent a clot from traveling to the lungs and causing a potentially fatal blockage of the artery carrying blood from the heart to the lungs, a condition known as a pulmonary embolism. The device is meant to be retrieved after the danger of embolism has passed.
Unfortunately, problems with the insertion of the device or defects in the device itself have caused painful and potentially deadly complications. In some cases, a doctor neglects to remove the device when it is appropriate to do so. Often the device tilts within the vein, migrates from its insertion spot, or breaks into parts that migrate, causing:
The longer a device is left in the body, the greater the risk of breakage and migration. IVC filters have a 44 percent fracture rate within five years.
For many patients, an IVC filter is like a ticking time bomb within their body. They feel no symptoms until they experience sudden, severe chest pains and shortness of breath. If you have had an IVC filter implanted, you should consult your treating physician to ascertain that you are not in danger.
If you have already been harmed, our mass tort attorneys can help. We represent injured patients who received the following types of IVC filters:
If you’ve had an IVC filter implanted and suffered harm as a result, check your medical records or call your physician to find out what type of IVC filter was used and then call our law firm for determined representation that protects your rights and delivers positive results.
Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban provides dedicated assistance for patients injured by defective IVC filters. Call us today at (877) 428-1122 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. For your convenience, we have offices throughout North Carolina, South Carolina & Virginia.
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