Maryville IVC Filter Lawyer
While the IVC filter placed in your inferior vena cava was implanted to reduce the risk of serious injury and death due to blood clots, it is not uncommon for it to be causing more harm than good. The spider-like IVC filter may have been placed incorrectly, or the device itself may be defective. In either case, our Maryville IVC filter injury lawyers will hold the negligent party responsible, ensuring that you have the financial ability to pay for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
The Dangers of a Defective IVC Filter
Fatal lung clots are a serious hazard for people recovering from surgeries and various injuries, and doctors often place IVC filters (inferior vena cava filters) into the inferior vena cava in order to stop and trap blood clots from traveling into the heart or lungs. If such a blood clot, or embolism, were to form in the leg and make its way to the heart or lungs, a pulmonary embolism could occur. Pulmonary embolisms are often fatal. In theory, an IVC filter seems like a safe measure to protect against a potentially fatal injury. But IVC filters can cause injuries of their own. According to Drug Watch, well over a quarter million Americans have been fitted with IVC filters—at 25 times the rate of Europeans—because early on, and still currently, it was assumed that IVC filters were safe, and could be used long term. However, long term use is incredibly dangerous, and even removing an IVC filter that has been in use for the long term can be difficult, as they become embedded in the vein and tissue. Retrievable IVC filters should be removed within 29 to 54 days, according to the FDA. After that point, the risk outweighs the potential benefit. IVC filter injuries occur when:
- The IVC filter fractures;
- The IVC filter migrates to the heart or other organs;
- The IVC filter penetrates organs;
- The blood vessel becomes scarred, which increases the risk of blood clot; and
- The vessel becomes blocked due to the IVC filter, resulting in swelling and tremendous pain.
IVC retrieval complications include:
- Blood clots
- Difficult retrieval causing long procedure times and excess radiation exposure.
As such, some of these complications can lead to serious injury, permanent disability, and even death.
Filing a Lawsuit Against a Pharmaceutical Company
Thousands of lawsuits have been filed against IVC manufacturers. In fact, over 14,000 lawsuits have been filed against two manufacturers alone, according to Drug Watch. Warning signs of a defective IVC filter include:
- Shortness of breath;
- Chest pain;
- Sharp chest pain during coughing;
- Cough that expels pinky foamy mucus;
- Racing heart rate;
- Neck pain; and
- Heart palpitations.
A lawyer can help you file a lawsuit against the manufacturer for compensation.
Contact a Maryville IVC Filter Lawyer Today
By suing the manufacturer of an IVC filter, you can be compensated for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of joy of life, lost wages and more, while family members of deceased victims of IVC filters can file a wrongful death claim. To learn more, call our Maryville IVC filter lawyers at Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC today at 865-457-6440 to schedule a free case evaluation.