New Jersey IVC Filter Lawyer
Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP, can help patients in New Jersey pursue compensation after IVC filter injuries. An inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is a surgically implanted medical device designed to catch blood clots before they travel to the lungs. IVC filters have been successful in preventing pulmonary embolisms and deep vein thrombosis in people who do not qualify for medical therapy, but they have potential risks. Hundreds of patients have suffered serious injuries and died due to IVC filters migrating, puncturing veins, and injuring organs. If you need help with an IVC filter lawsuit in the Garden State, contact us to speak with a reliable New Jersey IVC filter lawyer.
Why Are IVC Filters Dangerous?
IVC filter manufacturers, namely C.R. Bard and Cook Medical, promoted the use of this device for preventing pulmonary embolisms and deep vein thrombosis without long-term studies analyzing the safety and effectiveness of the filter. Lawsuits allege that the companies ignored, hid, and failed to disclose research possibly suggesting that the filters could be dangerous, and marketed them despite lack of safety data. Even after hundreds of reports of IVC filters causing serious and fatal injuries, around 250,000 patients still get the devices each year.
IVC filters remain in use despite serious potential safety risks because they are one of the only solutions for blood clots for patients who cannot take blood thinners. IVC filters can serve the life-saving purpose of catching blood clots before they travel to the lungs and plug the pulmonary artery. Unfortunately, IVC filters do more harm than good in some patients. A relatively high number of complaints about IVC filters causing adverse events have reached the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since about 2005, making this medical device a significant risk to patients.
Most complaints have reported IVC filter migration, in which the filter does not stay where the surgeon implanted it in the inferior vena cava vein. Device migration can cause serious complications and wrongful death. The issue of pieces of the filter breaking off was the second-most common complaint, followed by vein or organ perforation and filter fracture. The inability to remove the IVC filter once it’s served its purpose is also a potential issue, as the device can lodge in the IVC, protrude through a blood vessel, or have an abnormal position. If you or a loved one suffered any of these complications, talk to a New Jersey product liability attorney at our firm.
Liability in IVC Filter Lawsuits
IVC filters can save lives, but they can also take lives. It is the duty of IVC filter manufacturers to conduct tests regarding the safety and effectiveness of the device prior to making it available to the public. Current lawsuits against manufacturing companies claim that they knew of the potential dangers of IVC filters yet negligently failed to pull the filters from the market, resulting in thousands of additional implantations and health complications. Most claims have been regarding the Bard Recovery and Bard G2 IVC filters.
Request a Free Consultation with a New Jersey IVC Filter Attorney
If you or a loved one’s IVC filter malfunctioned, broke apart, migrated, perforated a vein or organ, or otherwise wreaked havoc on your system, don’t hesitate to contact Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP. You may have the right to pursue damage recovery through a lawsuit against the device manufacturer. You could be eligible for payment for your filter-related medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you lost a family member because of a malfunctioning IVC filter, ask about your right to a wrongful death lawsuit in New Jersey. Call (833) 726-6326 to learn more.