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IVC filters, or Inferior Vena Cava filters, are small wiry medical devices designed to prevent damaging blood clots from entering the heart or lungs. Unfortunately, these devices have been associated with a serious defect, which can cause more harm than good. The defective devices can migrate, splinter, or puncture the inferior vena cava, causing severe internal damage that can be life-threatening.
If you or someone you love was harmed by a dangerous IVC filter, our firm is here to provide you with the legal representation you need and deserve. We understand how damaging and traumatizing these types of injuries can be, which is why we’re committed to using our legal experience and knowledge to seek justice and maximum compensation from the negligent manufacturer.
Why Choose Us?
Our firm has more than 100 years of combined legal experience to put towards your case, and we have a record of obtaining successful outcomes in and out of court. We genuinely care about obtaining favorable results for our clients, which is why we provide personalized legal strategies and compassionate, honest counsel every step of the way. However complex or difficult your case may seem, trust our capable and qualified team to fight for you.
Call (217) 394-5885 to discuss your injury with our Charleston-based IVC filter injury attorneys.
About IVC Filter Defects
The manufacturer for IVC filters, C.R. Bard and Cook Medical, first gained FDA approval for the sale of their device to U.S. markets in 2003. Shortly thereafter, patients began reporting serious issues and fatalities in relation to the device. In 2015, NBC News took ahold of the IVC filter issue and claimed that C.R. Bard and Cook Medical knew their IVC filters had a higher failure rate than competing devices as early as 2004, when they conducted a private study. However, this information was distributed only to executives and was completely hidden from the public.
In 2015, nearly a decade later, the FDA issued a warning to the CEO of C.R. Bard and Cook Medical, confirming that the company did fail to report information about the dangerous aspects of their device. That same year, IVC filters were linked to 39 reported deaths.
What Type of Damage Can IVC Filters Cause?
Because of their design and structure, IVC filters can migrate through the Inferior Vena Cava, moving to other organs causing various types of damage. If the device fractures or breaks, it can cut or perforate nearby tissues, or it may break and travel to the heart, lungs, and other organs, causing life-threatening complications. The device can also result in blood clots, the very danger they are designed to prevent.
IVC Filter Lawsuits: Taking Legal Action
As of July 2019, more than 14,000 lawsuits have been filed against IVC filter makers, including C.R. Bard and Cook Medical. Several individuals have won jury trials against the IVC filter manufacturers, and some have settled outside of court to cover various expenses related to the device. Compensation for an IVC filter lawsuit may include medical costs, future medical expenses, loss of wages, pain and suffering, and more.
In the event that you lost a loved one to an IVC filter, our firm can help you file a wrongful death lawsuit on your spouse or family member’s behalf, which can also include compensation for funeral and burial expenses and loss of companionship. We understand how difficult this time can be, which is why our firm is committed to providing you with the information and resources you need to make the legal process as simple and quick as possible. Our goal is to handle the legalities of your case so you and your family can focus on healing and grieving.
Whatever the circumstances of your case, if you believe you have a valid claim against an IVC filter manufacturer, our firm is prepared to help. Since 1996, we’ve provided steadfast legal counsel to the wrongfully injured, and we are passionate about the work we do for our clients.
Do you have a case? Our team is ready to help you fight for justice and compensation. Contact The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm today to get started.
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