Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filter Malpractice Lawsuits
When you are at risk of developing a health concern as serious as a pulmonary embolism, you have every faith in the expertise of those entrusted with your medical care. So, what happens when things go seriously wrong and you are unsure who is at fault? Filing a malpractice lawsuit is the most sensible way to move forward, so let’s take a look at your options if you are suffering as a result of misconduct relating to the Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filter.
What is the IVC filter and what are my rights in case of malpractice issues?
An IVC filter is a device that has been used to reduce the risk of pulmonary embolism in patients that are unable to take anticoagulant medication.
In recent years there have been numerous reports of the IVC filter becoming dislodged, coming loose, or breaking apart. In these cases the entire device, or pieces of it, are able to move through the bloodstream where they can become lodged elsewhere – becoming subsequently almost impossible to remove and causing serious damage along the way.
As a result of this severe occurrence IVC filter lawsuits were brought to the stand, to state that the manufacturers of the device were in violation of stringent medical equipment health and safety laws.
The company failed to warn patients and physicians alike of the risks that the filters proposed and C.R. Bard actively worked to hide the results of the individual research conducted, that reported the finding of the filters dangerous. These claims also cover the forgery of employee signatures on an FDA application (in order to achieve FDA approval).
For anyone who may be suffering as a result of this event, it is imperative that you seek legal advice as soon as possible; as time restrictions imposed by the statute of limitations may prevent you from making a claim.