If you or a loved one have been injured due to a defective IVC filter, our team of mass tort personal injury attorneys at Smith & Johnson are ready to represent you and get you the compensation you are owed. Contact attorney Tim Smith today to see if you qualify for the IVC Filter litigation. We are the first firm in Northern Michigan to file an IVC Filter case in Michigan Federal Court and are counsel of record in numerous other mass tort cases including Municipal Opioid Litigation, Hernia Mesh Litigation and ParaGard IUD litigation.
What Are IVC Filters?
Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are small medical devices designed to keep blood clots from moving to the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism. Unfortunately, the problem many patients are facing with the IVC filter is its tendency to embed deeply and breakage upon removal. Some complications of deeply embedded IVC filters include fragmentation or fracture of the device causing organ punctures, shards that are left behind, and other serious injuries.
What Are Dangers of IVC Filter Usage?
The IVC filter manufacturers at the center of this litigation include Bard, Cook, and Argon Medical Devices. The IVC Filter is prone to breakage and collapse, causing clotting and/or risk of serious damage to the vena cava wall. Some potential injuries caused by this device include:
- Pieces that are fractured that can puncture the lungs, heart or inferior vena cava
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Inability to remove the filter
- Blood clots that clog the filter
- Device migration
- Persistent chest pain
- Respiratory issues
- Uncontainable bleeding
- Shards of the filter left in the heart
- Fluid gathering around the heart (known as cardiac tamponade)
IVC Filter patients have reported migration of the filter to other body parts and the forming of blood clots in lower extremities. Poor device manufacturing and/or an insufficient device can be responsible for putting patients at risk for these types of injuries. The problem could be a result of inadequate safety testing or a flaw of the design or manufacturing process itself.
In many personal injury cases, further investigation into the companies themselves is necessary to determine whether their negligence was intentional or not. Regardless, they should be held accountable for the risk at which they put their patients.
Get the Compensation You Deserve
Smith & Johnson is proud to help represent injured victims of the IVC Filter device and get the fair settlement they deserve. If you or a loved one was injured or killed by complications from the IVC Filter, seek legal representation with the personal injury attorneys at Smith & Johnson today. Contact Attorney Tim Smith at 231.946.0700.
Smith & Johnson is the only firm that is counsel of record in northern Michigan in Federal Court for many major mass tort cases, such as Municipal Opioid Litigation, ParaGard IUD litigation, Hernia Mesh Litigation, and IVC Filter Litigation.
Mr. Smith has practiced as a trial attorney since graduating Notre Dame Law School in 1992. He has litigated cases across the country including cases from Ventura County, California to Middlesex County, New Jersey. He practices in both State and Federal courts.