Denver and Colorado IVC Filter Lawsuit Attorney
If you or a loved one has had a blood clot filter implanted and then had complications, you may have been harmed by a faulty medical device. Defective IVC filters have caused many patients to have pain at the implant site and suffer life-threatening complications including internal bleeding and stroke. Patients often have to undergo additional surgery to remove the unsafe medical device. The attorneys at The Sawaya Law Firm are currently assisting patients who have suffered injuries involving IVC filters.
Attorney Michael Sawaya and the legal team at The Sawaya Law Firm are dedicated to helping patients and the families of patients harmed by defective medical devices including IVC filters. Our long-time advocacy on behalf of injury victims and the 12 core values on which The Sawaya Law Firm was founded four decades ago have allowed us to establish a heritage of pursuing justice for clients. Many of our lawyers including our founding attorney have been recognized by Colorado Super Lawyers®. Our product liability attorneys at the Sawaya Law Firm serve clients in Denver, Greeley and throughout Northeastern Colorado.
Call us today at 720-709-2855 for a free consultation with an IVC filter lawsuit lawyer.
What is an IVC Filter?
An IVC filter is a medical device that may be implanted in a patient at risk of a pulmonary embolism when blood thinners—the standard therapy— are not effective at preventing blood clots. The filter, which resembles a small cage, is placed in the inferior vena cava (IVC) vein, the main vein for blood returning from the lower half of the body to the heart.
An IVC filter is designed to break up blood clots before they reach the lungs, where they may be fatal. Vena cava filters may be either placed in the patient temporarily or implanted permanently.
IVC Filter Injuries and Side Effects
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued safety warnings about IVC filters in 2010 and 2014 after hundreds of reports of complications and injuries. The FDA said it has received reports of serious problems associated with the blood clot filters, including patient deaths.
The FDA has highlighted the following serious risks and adverse events posed by IVC filters:
- Filter fractures;
- Filter movement;
- Migration of filter fragments to the heart or lungs;
- Perforation of the inferior vena cava vein;
- Lower limb deep vein thrombosis (blood clot);
- Blockage of a vein.
When IVC filters fracture or move inside a patient’s body, they can cause serious or fatal complications. These serious side effects may be related to how long the filter remains implanted, according to the FDA.
The FDA has expressed concern that temporary IVC filters, when implanted to address a short-term risk of a pulmonary embolism, are often left in place indefinitely after the risk of an embolism has diminished. A study by FDA researchers published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery considered how long the benefit of IVC filters outweighs the risk in patients who are at risk of blood clots, but do not have a history of pulmonary embolism. The study identified the period of 29 to 54 days after implantation as the window of time when the risk of leaving the filter in place starts to outweigh the benefits in patients who had a temporary risk of blood clots.
Doctors treating patients who have retrievable IVC filters should consider removing the filter as soon as the patient no longer needs protection from a pulmonary embolism and the patient’s health makes the procedure feasible, the FDA said. It said that less than 50 percent of retrievable filters are ever removed.
Types of IVC Filters
Numerous medical product manufacturers produce blood clot filters, including C.R. Bard, Cook Medical, Boston Scientific, Braun Medical, Johnson & Johnson and Cordis. The manufacturers of IVC filters have a legal responsibility to produce and market products that are safe and effective when used as directed, and to warn patients adequately of any known side effects of using the device.
The types of IVC filters that have been linked to adverse events most often include the Bard Recovery IVC filter, the Bard G2 IVC filter, the Bard G2 Express IVC filter, the Cook Gunther Tulip IVC filter, the Cook Celect IVC filter and the Boston Scientific Greenfield IVC filter. Some of these devices have been removed from the market. If you or your loved one has had an IVC filter implanted since 2003, there is a reasonable chance that it may have been one of these products.
Many patients who have suffered IVC filter complications have filed lawsuits against medical device manufacturers, seeking compensation for their damages.
Am I eligible to file an IVC filter lawsuit?
You may be eligible to seek compensation if you or a loved one has had an IVC filter implanted and then suffered complications. You may be eligible to file a blood clot filter lawsuit against the manufacturer of the product that caused you harm.
The product liability lawsuits that have been filed against C.R. Bard and Cook Group Inc., allege that the companies produced defective IVC filters, and continued to sell the filters despite known risks. IVC filter lawsuits are filed against the manufacturer, not your doctor who implanted the device.
How can the Denver IVC Lawsuit Lawyer help me?
The attorneys at The Sawaya Law Firm are currently investigating cases of patient injuries involving IVC filters in Denver and throughout Colorado. Our attorneys have decades of experience handling product liability lawsuits. If you or a loved one has been injured by an IVC filter in Colorado, let our knowledgeable attorneys answer your questions and discuss your legal options regarding an IVC filter lawsuit.
If our attorneys believe that you have a viable legal case, we will handle your IVC filter claim on a contingent fee basis. That means that you will not have any upfront costs and will only owe a legal fee if we secure money for you through an IVC filter settlement or jury award.
If you or your loved one has been harmed by a faulty blood clot filter, we are ready to help. Our Colorado product liability attorneys focus on seeking to recover compensation to pay for the medical care and other expenses related to a defective product injury. Call today and allow us to explain how we may assist you.