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Gatlinburg IVC Filter Lawyer

The spider-like metal device in your inferior vena cava may be doing more harm than good. If you have already suffered an injury from an IVC filter, you may be entitled to serious financial compensation from the negligent party, or you may have an option to take them to court if they deny compensation and wrongdoing. However, receiving this compensation is quite a bit more difficult than simply making a medical prognosis. You must show your damages, such as medical costs, disability, pain and suffering, lost wages, etc., to the pharmaceutical manufacturer, and then be able to successfully argue that your injuries were sustained from the faulty device. The Gatlinburg IVC filter lawyers of Fox & Farley are standing by to offer their support.

The Inferior Vena Cava Carries Deoxygenated Blood, and Potentially Embolisms

IVC filters, which are fitted in the inferior vena cava–the body’s largest vein that carries deoxygenated blood to the heart and lungs–, are designed to capture embolisms, or blood clots. These blood clots are formed deep down in the leg veins. If they were to travel to the heart and lungs, a pulmonary embolism could occur. The resulting condition could potentially be fatal. Pulmonary embolisms are a serious threat to millions of Americans, and many patients have been fitted with the cone-shaped IVC filter device to prevent them from occurring.

What are the Warning Signs of a Pulmonary Embolism or an  IVC Filter Malfunction?

The signs and symptoms of a pulmonary embolism, according to WebMD, include the following:

  • Shortness of breath;
  • Sharp chest pain that can worsen with a cough or deep breath;
  • Cough that expels pinky foamy mucus;
  • Anxiety;
  • Copious sweating;
  • Lightheadedness or faintness;
  • Racing heart rate; or
  • Heart palpitations.

The signs that something has gone terribly wrong with your IVC filter are actually somewhat similar to the signs of a pulmonary embolism. These include the following:

  • Chest pain;
  • Shortness of breath;
  • Confusion;
  • Lightheadedness;
  • Neck pain;
  • Nausea; or
  • Racing heart rate.

And, like pulmonary embolism, a failed IVC filter can be lethal.

IVC Filter Problems

IVC filters are only meant to be used for a very short period of time. They are also only used in patients where a blood thinner would not be acceptable. Unfortunate and sometimes fatal or seriously damaging issues that arise from IVC filters include:

  • IVC filter migration from original placement;
  • Broken filter leg;
  • IVC filter puncturing the vein or traveling to the heart or lungs; and
  • Complicated removal of the device.

Our Legal Team is Standing by

The Gatlinburg IVC filter lawyers at Fox & Farley are ready to provide professional services both in and out of the courtroom for patients who have been wrongly injured by an IVC filter. The process of reaching a desirable settlement can take many months or even years, and if that fails, filing a lawsuit may become necessary. You need an experienced, dedicated lawyer at your side throughout this legal ordeal or you will essentially be steam rolled by the pharmaceutical’s insurance provider.

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