Marc Whitehead October 2018

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Consequences of Defective Medical Devices The Controversy Surrounding IVC Filters

While most may do that, the defective design, marketing, and manufacturing of these specific filters has been at the center of controversy and litigation over their association with serious health consequences and even death. Retrievable IVC filters are designed to remain in the body for a short period of time and must be removed when the risk of pulmonary embolism diminishes. If not removed in a timely manner, these filters can cause serious health problems. An IVC filter can tilt, causing it to move out of position. This can result in migration or movement of the filter in the vena cava toward vital organs. Many publications have documented the implications of long-term filter implantation because of the poor retrieval rates and cite the many potential complications that exist because of the filters. There are still a lot of unknowns regarding the safety of this device. If you or someone you know has had one of these devices, know you can pursue litigation. Don’t wait to seek legal help. There is a limited time period for you to seek justice, so reach out to our firm today. Our experienced legal team is here to help. -Marc Whitehead W e H ave M oved ! Find us at 403 Heights Blvd Houston, TX 77007

In 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration shared the mortality caused by certain inferior vena cava (IVC) filters, specifically those manufactured by Bard and Cook. Lawsuits against the manufacturers and medical providers of the filters began to rise in number. Beginning in 2017, the U.S. Judicial Panel formed multidistrict litigations (MDLs) against Bard and Cook. Since then, litigation has been pursued by many of those affected. For those who aren’t familiar, an IVC filter is a small medical device inserted into the inferior vena cava, a large blood vessel that brings blood from the lower half of the body into the heart. These filters are designed to catch blood clots and prevent them from traveling into the lungs.

We are lucky to live in an age when technology has given us access to more options than ever, including in the realm of health care. These advancements allow physicians to save lives and treat conditions they previously couldn’t treat. Sometimes, advances in technology come with scary risks. When it comes to medical devices, most are safe and do exactly what they’re supposed to do. But every now and then, some defective devices are made accessible to the public. Whether it’s a manufacturing defect, a design defect, or both, the manufacturer can fail to disclose just how dangerous the product can be. Defective medical devices can cause serious harm and even death.

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