Blood clots don’t happen solely to older Americans. Did you know that persons under age 50 suffer more than 25 per cent of first-time pulmonary embolisms or deep vein thrombosis (DVT)? That’s according to a study of adults in Minnesota.
In addition, the Venous Resource Center reports that people under age 40 also can face a risk of travel-related thrombosis, such as during long flights when the body stays in one position for many hours.
Persons who have inflammatory bowel disease, take birth control bills, are overweight or have a family history of blood clots have a higher blood clot risk in such situations, even if they are younger than age 40.
Thus, blood clot risks are real for younger persons as well as seniors.
DVT happens with a thrombus, or blood clot, forms in at least one deep vein in the body, customarily in the legs. Pulmonary embolism involves an abrupt blockage of an artery or major blood vessel in the lung, often due to a blood clot. This is a medical emergency.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says a third of DVT events are followed by a pulmonary embolism. Pulmonary embolisms, the CDC says, take the lives of at least 100,000 Americans annually.
To combat this problem, some people are turning to IVC filters. These are tiny cages which are surgically implanted in veins to collect and trap blood clots, after which they should be surgically removed from the body.
Yet IVC (inferior vena cava) filters can do more harm than good, threatening the lives of innocent people.
Indeed, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a safety communication that dangers can arise when retrievable IVC filters are not promptly removed when the risk of blood clots has eased.
The FDA warns that patients should not let an IVC filter stay in their body for a lengthy time.
Though IVC filters are designed to help those who have a high danger of a pulmonary embolism, they also can malfunction. An IVC filter may break into pieces in the body and then perforate veins or other body parts, especially when it isn’t quickly removed by surgery after the danger of a pulmonary embolism has passed.
IVC filter fractures, perforations of body parts and migration to other areas of the body can cause a variety of harmful IVC filter side effects and complications.
Yet victims and their families have legal rights. They can seek an IVC filter lawsuit to compel manufacturers of these defective medical devices to provide payments for their injury losses, including medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Jim Adler & Associates can provide such legal help for innocent victims. Notify our law firm today for a free case review — at no obligation. Then you can size up your prospects for a successful IVC filter lawsuit. And if you decide to proceed, we can provide a knowledgeable and experienced injury lawyer for you.