Clinton IVC Filter Lawyer
The risk of stroke, pulmonary embolism, and heart attack caused by a blood clot are increasing amongst Americans and Clinton residents due to a variety of reasons, such as an aging population, hypertension, and high cholesterol, among others. In fact, deep vein thrombosis, which occurs when a blood clot forms in a major vein of the leg, arm, pelvis, or other body region, affects 900,000 Americans and kills 100,000 each year, according to the American Society of Hematology. To mitigate the risks of a deadly or dangerous blood clot forming, more and more people have been prescribed medications and medical devices.
IVC Filters are Preferred Over Medication by Some Patients and Doctors
Typically, to reduce the risk of blood clot, a patient is put on a blood thinner, such as Xarelto, Pradaxa, or Eliquis. Yet, blood thinners have their own set of risks, such as excessive bleeding. For some, blood thinners are not an appropriate option. An IVC (Inferior Vena Cava) filter may be used instead. Roughly a quarter of a million blood clot thinning devices are administered to patients every year, as reported by NBC News. IVC filters, which look like spiders, are inserted into the inferior vena cava that transports blood from the lower body to the lungs. People who may be better off with an IVC filter include those who:
- Have been in a traumatic accident, such as a car crash;
- Have a spinal cord injury;
- Are undergoing dialysis; or
- Have gone through a major surgery.
The Makers of IVC Filters
Some of the companies that manufacture IVC filters include the following:
- Cook Medical Gunther Tulip IVC filter;
- Cook Medical Celect IVC filter;
- Bard G2, Eclipse, and G2X IVC filters;
- Cordis OptEase retrievable IVC filter; and
- Bard Recovery filters.
More than 27 deaths and 300 injuries have already been reported by Bard’s Recovery products.
The Fatal Dangers of Defective IVC Filters
IVC filters can cause serious problems, such as when a piece breaks off and travels to, and punctures, the heart or lungs. Other issues arise when the filter punctures a vein or moves from its designated area. IVC filters can cause shortness of breath, chest pain, and death. These issues arise from improperly placed filters, design defects, lack of sufficient warnings, or when an IVC device is left in for too long. IVC filters should be removed as soon as possible for most patients, with the maximum time left in being around two months.
Please Contact Us Today for Help
If you were injured by a defective IVC filter, or a loved one lost their life because of an IVC filter, you may be able to recover significant financial damages. This compensation can be used to cover medical expenses, disability, decreased earning capacity, loss of joy of life, pain and suffering, and much more. To hold the negligent party liable for their actions and to get started today, contact a Clinton IVC filter lawyer with Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC for immediate legal assistance.