Layton IVC Filter Attorney
Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters have been the center of mass tort litigation for years. The FDA has collected reports of defective medical devices which, if left in the body too long, can lead to serious side effects and death. If you or a loved one recently suffered serious consequences from a defective IVC filter, you may be able to file a claim for compensation and collect damages for your injuries, pain, and suffering. Contact Feller Wendt, LLC to schedule a free case evaluation and explore your legal options with a knowledgeable Layton IVC filter attorney.
Surgeons insert IVC filters into a patient’s inferior vena cava to prevent recurrence of blood clots. The IVC is a large blood vessel that brings blood from the entire lower half of your body back into your heart. Patients may require an IVC filter when they’re at high risk for pulmonary embolism (PE), a life-threatening condition in which a blood clot travels into the lungs.
IVC Filter Complications
A surgeon may insert a retrievable IVC filter when a person is at high risk for a PE for a short period of time. After this time of risk passes, the patient must have the filter removed. When not removed from the body in a timely manner, an IVC filter can lead to serious health consequences, including:
- Perforation of the IVC
- Chest pain
- Filter migration
- Congestive heart failure
If you or a loved one experienced any of the aforementioned serious complications from a defective IVC filter, speak with a Layton personal injury lawyer experienced in these types of cases.
Are All IVC Filters Dangerous?
Life-threatening complications from an IVC filter usually involve the manufacturer that created and marketed a defective medical device. IVC filters have many manufacturers, and two have recently been at the center of litigation: C.R. Bard and Cook Medical. These two medical device manufacturers produce five different filters that are subject to class action:
- Bard G2 Express
- Bard Recovery
- Bard G2
- Cook Gunther Tulip
- Cook Celect
These two manufacturers face multiple lawsuits that allege the products are inherently defective and the product defects led to injury. Other lawsuits state that the medical device manufacturers failed to warn surgeons and patients associated with their filters, which violated the implied warranties of the devices.
IVC Filters and Product Liability Law
Claims against medical device manufacturers fall into the realm of product liability law. In order to collect compensation for a defective product, the following elements must apply:
- The product was defective. Given the amount of litigation surrounding these IVC filters, we can reasonably assume they did not work as intended, especially when they cause the health complications listed above.
- The defect led to your injuries.
- You suffered harm as a result. Damages in a product liability case may be economic or non-economic.
In product liability claims, “strict liability” laws apply. This means that you and your Layton IVC filter attorney don’t have to prove that a medical device manufacturer was negligent, only that it created a defective product, and that product led to your injury.
Damages in IVC Filter Claims
Victims of IVC injuries can collect several types of compensation under product liability law. You may be able to collect reimbursement for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Cost of future medical care
- Physical pain
- Emotional distress
- Loss of life quality
- Loss in partnership or consortium, if an IVC filter leads to a wrongful death
Feller & Wendt, LLC | Trusted IVC Filter Lawyers in Layton, UT
If you or a loved one suffered harmful effects from a defective IVC filter, you may be able to collect damages for the economic and non-economic losses you suffered. The legal team at Feller Wendt, LLC has experience in mass tort law and will hold the responsible party accountable for their actions. Contact us today by calling (801) 499-5060 and schedule a free initial evaluation. We offer our legal services on a contingency-fee basis, which means you won’t owe fees unless we secure you a settlement or court judgment.