Recently, Hardison & Cochran has decided to take cases relating to this potentially dangerous medical device. According to drugwatch.com Retrievable Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filters, commonly known simply as IVC filters, were created in order to prevent pulmonary embolism (PE). The article notes that the filter is made of metal and is inserted surgically into the vein of the patient. Drugwatch informs us that in 2010, a safety alert was issued pertaining to the approximately 259,000 patients with this device in their bodies.
The article mentions four main issues that were found with the device: migration (the most common), detached device components (the second most common), filter perforation, filter fracture. Other complications have also been reported. Many of these issues stem from the fact that many of the devices that were supposed to be removed by the doctor after the risk of PE was gone were in fact not removed, according to the previously mentioned website. Drugwatch listed the most common symptoms of this device’s failure as organ damage and internal bleeding, although other complications have been reported. For a more detailed explanation of the device, its purpose and the health issues it can cause, visit the aforementioned website.
The companies that manufacture these devices are legally bound regarding their performance. If the bad design or defects of one of these products has affected you negatively, that company could be found liable for the complications. If you are a victim of the failure of one of these devices, perhaps it is time to call an attorney. Hardison & Cochran is equipped with experienced attorneys who will be able to answer questions that you may have about this situation. Feel free to visit our page North Carolina Defective Medical Device Lawyers to find out more about how we handle these cases.
Written by: Brawley Davis
Information from: drugwatch.com and Hardison & Cochran, Attorneys at Law (both linked above)