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The qualified attorneys of Jim Adler & Associates handle a variety of lawsuits and offer services to help protect clients who may have suffered serious harm due to the improper use of medical equipment. Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are one such type of medical equipment. In 2015, a study was released that highlighted an increasing number of inferior vena cava filter complications that could lead to the unexpected death of the patient. If you or someone you know has had an inferior vena cava filter installed and there have been complications, you may wish to consult with a personal injury attorney about filing an IVC filter lawsuit.

What Is the Primary Issue?

People who are susceptible to blood clots need to be sure that a clot does not break off in the leg and find its way to the lungs. A blood clot in the lungs is called a pulmonary embolism, and it could be fatal. The issue is that not every person who is at risk of blood clots can safely take blood thinners. To solve this problem, the IVC filter was invented. This is a cone-shaped device surgically implanted into the patient’s inferior vena cava, the large artery that carries blood from the legs to the lungs, to filter out clots. In theory, this solution sounds ideal for those at risk for a pulmonary embolism. But recent inferior vena cava filter complications have inspired patients to file an IVC filter lawsuit because they feel that the IVC manufacturers have been negligent.

The Filters Present Their Own Challenges

Since 2015, patients and doctors have been reporting inferior vena cava filter complications that include migration, filter fractures, and perforations.
  • A migration occurs when the filter comes loose and makes its way up the inferior vena cava toward the lungs.
  • A fracture occurs when a portion of the filter breaks off and finds its way into the patient’s bloodstream, potentially creating a clot of its own.
  • A perforation occurs when the integrity of the filter breaks down and it is no longer able to prevent clots from getting into the lungs.
All of these vena cava filter complications have the potential to cause the very damage they were designed to stop. The problem appears to be that the filters need to be removed when the threat of a blood clot moving into the lungs has passed. Filters that are left in the patient’s leg break down over time, and that is when the major IVC filter complications can occur.

Protecting Your Legal Rights

The lawsuits being filed in Texas and around the country focus on the lack of warning from manufacturers that filters may become blood clot threats on their own when left in the patient for too long. If you have had issues with an IVC filter, get a case review from a knowledgeable attorney like Jim Adler, the Texas Hammer®. Jim Adler & Associates is an aggressive law firm dedicated to holding manufacturers accountable for their products and services and any personal injury that may result from negligence. Don’t let irresponsible medical equipment manufacturers threaten your health with their inadequate product research and development. Contact Jim Adler & Associates to find out what can be done to protect your rights and fight for due compensation for medical expenses and pain and suffering.
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