Did you suffer serious complications related to an IVC blood clot filter? Contact an IVC filter lawyer at Munley Law for a free consultation.
Originally designed to prevent blood clots from traveling to the heart or lungs and causing premature death, patients are taking action against the manufacturers of these inferior vena cava (IVC) filters. While these filters do their job, they also cause significant complications for many people. These tiny wire filters frequently break or move, with pieces becoming embedded or even puncturing the vein or nearby organs.
The attorneys from Munley Law are currently reviewing the cases of patients or family members of patients who have had IVC filters implanted in Wilkes-Barre. Even if you have not yet suffered a problem, our product liability and medical malpractice lawyers can help you understand your rights if you ever do. Call us today at (855) 866-5529 for a free consultation with an IVC filter lawyer in Wilkes-Barre.
Complications Linked to IVC Filters
IVC filters can reduce the chance of pulmonary embolisms for those who are at risk, but they have also caused various complications ranging from minor to catastrophic. The fragile wire used to make the filters fractures and the legs of the filter, designed to snare blood clots, can break away.
Once broken, the pieces of an IVC filter can:
- Migrate to the heart, lungs, or other organs
- Embed into or penetrate nearby organs
- Cause an air embolism (a blood vessel blockage resulting from air bubbles in the vein)
- Rupture vein walls
- Cause permanent damage
Patients who received these implants and suffer complications have reported:
- Puncturing of the vena cava
- Pain at the site where doctors implanted the IVC filter
- Chest pain and shortness of breath
- Hemorrhagic pericardial effusion, or blood around the heart
- Cardiac tamponade
- Ventricular tachycardia
- Other heart-related complications
The most common treatment to deal with a problematic IVC filter is surgical removal. However, this is not always possible. While manufacturers designed the filters to be a short-term solution and then to be promptly removed, some of these filters cannot be taken out safely. Safe removal is difficult if the filter becomes embedded in your vein or an organ, or if it moves or breaks into smaller pieces.
The longer you have this type of filter implanted, the higher your risk of a complication. Patients who currently have an IVC filter implant might later find that they face complications or that surgeons are unable to remove the filter in its entirety. This is one reason we are discussing potential cases with IVC filter patients in Wilkes-Barre, even if you do not have any symptoms or known complications right now.
Damages Available in an IVC Filter Case in Wilkes-Barre
If you suffered complications because of an IVC filter, we can explain your legal rights and options for compensation to cover your damages. We understand the financial and emotional toll of a major health crisis, and believe you deserve a payout if you suffered complications related to a broken IVC filter.
Because IVC filter complications can be serious and even deadly, the cost of treating them is often significant. Patients rack up hospital bills, weeks or months out of work, and a lot of preventable pain and suffering. Our attorneys will fight for the full value of your losses and expenses, including:
- Medical care
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
Some people develop long-term health issues related to these filters, especially if your surgeon cannot remove them. Those who are unable to remove their filters may be eligible for additional damages because of their impairments. This could include reduced earning capacity, ongoing care costs, and more.
If you believe you may be eligible to file an IVC filter lawsuit based on your own complications or on behalf of a family member who passed away, reach out to our Wilkes-Barre attorneys today. We will evaluate your situation and offer advice about the strength of your case against the manufacturer of your IVC device.
Pending IVC Filter Lawsuits in Pennsylvania and Beyond
Thousands of patients nationwide have pending lawsuits against the manufacturers of these filters, including medical device companies C.R. Bard, Cook Medical, and Cordis. These lawsuits allege poor design and failure to adequately warn patients of the high risk of breakage and migration.
While we encourage you to call us no matter your current health status, we may be able to move forward and file a case on your behalf soon if you:
- You suffered IVC complications serious enough to require additional medical care following the placement procedure.
- The surgeon was unable to remove the filter.
- You underwent a removal procedure, but the surgeon could not fully remove the filter.
- You lost an immediate family member because of an IVC filter complication.
When you reach out to our team, we will review your medical records and other documentation. We will learn as much as we can about your circumstances and determine if we believe you qualify for this type of lawsuit or may in the future.
If we can document your claim and show the expenses and losses you suffered because of a defective IVC filter, you may be able to join others who have already negotiated multi-million-dollar settlements with IVC filter manufacturers.
Discuss Your Situation with an IVC Filter Lawyer in Wilkes-Barre Today
Trusted by generations of Wilkes-Barre families, Munley Law has been around for almost six decades. We know how to handle product defect and medical malpractice claims and can explain the strength of your case no matter the situation. No case is too large or high-profile.
Our case evaluations are always free, and our complimentary consultations offer you the chance to ask any questions or discuss your concerns with our team. If we find you do have a viable IVC filter case, we will handle it on a contingency basis. You pay nothing up front, and only owe us a portion of the settlement or verdict if we win your case.
Call us today at (855) 866-5529 to meet with one of our Wilkes-Barre IVC filter attorneys.