Did you have an IVC filter implanted? These devices have been known to cause serious complications. Get a free consultation with an IVC filter lawyer in Scranton to learn about your legal rights.
A jury recently awarded $3.6 million to a woman who claimed that her C.R. Bard IVC filter broke apart in her body
Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are temporarily implanted in a large vein (the vena cava) to trap blood clots traveling toward the lungs or heart. They can prevent pulmonary embolisms in patients who are at an increased risk but who may not be able to take blood-thinning drugs. While these filters have worked for some, they are at the center of thousands of lawsuits nationwide, including some filed in Pennsylvania.
If you received this type of implant at a Scranton hospital, you need to be aware of the high likelihood you could eventually suffer complications. These filters break, with the legs detaching and migrating to other areas of the body. They may puncture a vein, travel to the heart or lungs, or embed themselves into another vital organ.
The product liability and medical malpractice lawyers from Munley Law are currently reviewing IVC filter cases from Scranton residents, and encourage you to call if you have this type of implant. Even if you do not have any symptoms of complications, an IVC filter lawyer in Scranton can help you understand the risk and your rights if complications do develop. We have years of experience taking on big-name manufacturers of defective products.
Call us today at (855) 866-5529 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation. We do not charge a fee for our services unless we win your case.
What are the Risks of IVC Filters?
While implantable IVC filters work well to prevent blood clots from traveling to the heart or lungs, the risk associated with the filters themselves increases the longer they remain in the body. When left in place for years or even just months, the risk of a serious complication skyrockets. These complications can range from painful to devastating. They can even be deadly.
The legs can separate from these filters, traveling to other parts of the body. The separated legs can:
- Block veins
- Embed in vein walls or organs
- Perforate the walls of a blood vessel
- Enter the heart or lungs
- Puncture the vena cava
Any of these situations can cause significant pain and other symptoms and may require additional surgery or other treatment. Symptoms of IVC filter complications can include:
- Chest pain, nausea, and shortness of breath
- Pain at the site where your surgeon placed the filter
- An accelerated heartbeat
- Hemorrhagic pericardial effusion (i.e., blood around the heart)
- Cardiac tamponade
- Other heart-related symptoms
Another common complication associated with IVC filters is the problem many surgeons have when attempting to remove them. Surgeons should remove this type of filter within a few weeks of placement. Even then, they may find they cannot remove it safely. These filters shift and migrate, and embed themselves into the vein or other tissues, making them impossible to remove. This risk increases the longer the filter remains in place.
Damages Available in a Successful Scranton IVC Filter Lawsuit
We want you to understand your legal rights, even if you do not yet have symptoms associated with an IVC filter complication. Hospitals in Scranton and the surrounding area implanted thousands of these tiny devices, and many people still have them today.
If you did experience complications or your doctor could not fully remove the filter, we can offer support and guidance. We help you understand whether you have a valid case, and help you recover the compensation you deserve.
You may be eligible to collect money for your full range of related expenses and losses. This includes:
- Medical bills for additional hospitalization, surgery, and other treatment
- Rehabilitation, if necessary
- Lost wages, for any time you needed to take off work
- Pain and suffering, to cover your physical pain and emotional effects
We can also help you if you lost a loved one and believe an IVC filter complication might be to blame. We can evaluate your case, request your family member’s medical records, and explain if you are eligible to hold the device manufacturer liable for your loved one’s wrongful death.
Taking Legal Action Against IVC Filter Manufacturers
The patients who filed lawsuits related to IVC filter complications point fingers at the device manufacturers for poor design, as well as for failing to adequately warn patients and doctors about the dangerous complications. The manufacturers named in pending litigation include C.R. Bard, Cook Medical, and Cordis.
If you have one of these filters, you may be eligible to join these patients in holding the device manufacturers liable in court. If you do not have any symptoms of complications, we can still counsel you about your rights if a problem does develop. If you are experiencing symptoms or have already dealt with complications, we may be able to help you file a lawsuit today.
You may be eligible to hold the IVC filter manufacturer who designed your device liable if:
- You required additional medical care because of IVC complications
- The surgeon performing your removal procedure could not safely remove the full IVC filter
- You had an immediate family member die, and you believe an IVC filter complication caused her death
The Munley Law defective product and medical malpractice team can review your health history and the details of your case and offer advice about pursuing compensation. We can explain your rights and determine if you qualify to file a lawsuit.
If we can prove you suffered adverse effects from a defective IVC filter, we can likely file a lawsuit on your behalf and fight for the payout you deserve based on the facts of your case and the value of other similar cases. Other patients with IVC filter complications have already negotiated multi-million-dollar settlements in their cases.
Talk to an IVC Filter Lawyer in Scranton About Your Experience
Scranton residents have trusted the attorneys at Munley Law to protect their rights since 1959. We are not afraid to take on a complex, high-profile case like those currently pending against IVC filter manufacturers. Call us today at (855) 866-5529 and let us answer your IVC filter questions. Our consultations are always free and you pay nothing unless we win a lawsuit or negotiate a settlement on your behalf.