Modern medicine has gone through years of trials and tribulations to reach the level it is at now. However, with the number of medical devices and new drugs which are manufactured each year, and the push to get these through the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) compliance, many devices and prescriptions get pushed through earlier than they should be. Unfortunately, inferior vena cava filters (or IVC filters) are one such product which has caused serious injuries to users, making the need to seek the expert legal counsel of a Richmond IVC filter injury lawyer all the more important.
IVC filters were implanted to assist patients who were unable to take blood thinners to prevent blood clots from occurring in the lungs. IVC filters are put into place to prevent the blood clots from occurring, and assist with the dissipation of these blood clots. Unfortunately, there have been many adverse effects stemming from the implantation of IVC filters including punctured organs, blood vessels, and filter migration to different parts of the body. These are often life-threatening side effects and can lead to further medical complications which are often worse than those which the IVC filters were intended to treat.
The FDA warned of issues and complications caused by IVC filters in 2010, after receiving reports by nearly 1,000 people who had experienced such complications from IVC filters. The FDA updated these initial concerns in 2014 to state that IVC filters should be removed between the 29th and 54th day after implantation. The first claims against the IVC filter manufacturers were brought in 2012. Manufacturer reports have revealed that the manufacturers knew about the migration and fracture issues in the early versions of the IVC filters.
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Personal Injury and Mass Tort Claims
The negligent actions of the manufacturers in releases IVC filters to the public have resulted in extreme injuries to patients throughout the country. The issues caused by IVC filters have therefore led to dozens of mass tort claims against the manufacturing companies, many of which have been consolidated into class action lawsuits. These lawsuits are often brought together after multiple injuries have been reported, but an experienced Richmond mass tort lawyer will be able to assist you in determining the appropriate amount of damages you are entitled to receive.
As the victim of injuries caused by an IVC filter, you are entitled to receive the following in damages:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Pain and suffering
The Richmond IVC filter injury attorneys at Christina Pendleton & Associates will be able to assist you in determining the appropriate method and venue for bringing a claim manufacturer of your IVC filter.
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Schedule a Consultation With a Richmond IVC Filter Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one were injured due to an IVC filter, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys at Christina Pendleton & Associates. Our Richmond personal injury lawyers have years of experience in assisting our clients with their IVC filter claims and related injury claims. Your health is an important part of your life, and the negligence of a manufacturer in designing such an inferior device can prove devastating to your health and your future. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.
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