Austin Defective IVC Filter Lawyer
When it comes to defective products, defective medical devices can be some of the most dangerous. If your IVC filter has malfunctioned, talk to an Austin defective IVC filter lawyer to find out how much compensation you could be owed.
To prevent potentially fatal blood clots, a small cage-like metal device called an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter was created to prevent these blood clots from traveling to the lungs and causing a pulmonary embolism. To catch the clot before reaching the lungs, the device is inserted into a patient’s vena cava, the vein that takes blood back to the heart and lungs.
Although IVC filters are designed to save lives, they have been linked to serious and deadly side effects. For example, defective IVC filters have migrated to other areas of the body and punctured organs and veins. They have also been associated with other serious and fatal health complications.
If you’ve experienced health issues because of a defective IVC filter, it’s important to contact an Austin defective IVC filter lawyer from Colley & Colley, LLP to determine whether you have grounds for a product liability case.
Who Needs an IVC Filter?
IVC filters are designed for patients who are at high risk for developing blood clots and for those who have difficulty tolerating blood-thinning medications. Doctors may also recommend IVC filters in other situations:
- Patients who have recently undergone or are about to undergo surgery
- Patients suffering injuries from a traumatic accident
- Patients who are immobile or undergoing dialysis
- Patients undergoing cancer treatment
- Patients with spinal cord injuries
- Patients with violent wounds, such as from stabbings or gunshots
IVC Filters and Their Manufacturers
The most common IVC filters available to doctors and hospitals are from Bard, Cook, and Boston Scientific. The most commonly used models are listed below:
- G2 Express filter from Bard
- G2 filter from Bard
- Recovery filter from Bard
- Celect filter from Cook
- Gunther Tulip filter from Cook
- Greenfield filter from Boston Scientific
Due to the high rates of adverse side effects, the FDA cited eight violations of Bard’s IVC filter product line in 2015. Some of the violations indicated that Bard illegally sold misbranded IVC filters, failed to report complications and adverse events, and withheld critical information from both the FDA and the public.
The majority of complications reported to the FDA from consumers and healthcare providers are about the device migrating away from its implanted site.
IVC Filter Complications
There are specific IVC filters that have been linked to serious complications or life-threatening injuries. The potential complications of IVC filters may include the following:
- Migration of the IVC filter
- Breakage of the IVC filter
- Perforations made by the IVC filter
- IVC filter fractures
These complications can also lead to internal bleeding, penetration of internal organs, and additional surgery to remove the filter. Risk of serious or fatal complications can occur if patients are unaware that the filter has malfunctioned or if they delay in getting medical attention.
Work with an Austin Defective IVC Filter Lawyer
IVC filter lawsuits can recover damages against the manufacturer for poor production and design and for failing to warn patients of risks. If your IVC filter has caused you harm, seek the advice of an Austin defective IVC filter lawyer to discuss your options.
If you or a loved one has suffered any adverse side effects due to a defective IVC filter, the experienced lawyers of Colley & Colley, LLP will help you recover the compensation you deserve. Call 1-877-411-2001 or fill out our online contact form. Consultations are always free and there is never an obligation to proceed.