Cleveland IVC Filter Lawsuit Attorney
Learn Your Rights If You Have Been Injured
For individuals who are at risk of developing blood clots, an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter may be recommended by a doctor. This is a medical device that is implanted into the inferior vena cava—the largest vein in the body—and helps catch blood clots. It resembles a spider with long prongs serving as a net to make sure blood clots do not travel into the lungs or the heart.
Unfortunately, these devices do not always work as they are supposed to and can place any individual who has one implanted at risk of serious injury. There are a number of issues that can occur with IVC filters, causing disastrous injuries and complications.
If you or someone you love was injured after receiving an IVF filter, you could be entitled to financial compensation for your damages. At Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP, we have represented countless clients in complex medical device litigation and are prepared to advocate tirelessly for you. Our attorneys have successfully secured more than $1 billion for our clients; learn how we can help you with your defective IVC filter lawsuit in Cleveland today.
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Complications Associated with IVC Filters
The purpose of IVC filters is to stop blood clots from entering the lungs or traveling to the heart. When blood clots move throughout the body, they can become stuck in vessels in the lungs, leading to a life-threatening blockage. This is known as pulmonary embolism.
When they work correctly, IVC filters help prevent pulmonary embolism by catching blood clots and physically preventing them from traveling to the lungs and/or heart. Unfortunately, IVC filters have been shown to frequently contain a number of defects, putting patients at serious risk.
Some of the complications associated with IVC filters include:
- Blocked blood flow
- Filter breakage/fractures
- Failure to open
- Improper filter placement
- Migration of the device
- Vein perforation
These and other defects can have serious and even fatal implications for patients. Additionally, a failed IVC filter should be promptly removed, meaning the patient will need to undergo additional surgery.
Symptoms of a Defective IVC Filter
When an IVC filter fails to work properly, the patient may experience immediate or delayed symptoms. Unfortunately, because many medical professionals are not trained to recognize the signs of a failed IVC filter, these problems often go undetected for months or even years.
Some signs that an IVC filter may be defective include:
- Severe pain
- Swelling of the legs
- Darkened skin
- Ulcers, particularly in the lower extremities
- Abdominal/back pain
- Decreased appetite
- Pain in the upper abdominal/chest
- Decreased filter effectiveness (leading to cardiac or pulmonary embolism)
If you notice prolonged or sudden pain after receiving an IVC filter, even if it has been months or years since the filter was placed, contact your doctor. Then, reach out to an experienced Cleveland defective IVC filter lawyer at Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP to learn more about your legal rights.
Damages in Defective IVC Filter Cases
As in other types of personal injury claims, victims in defective medical device cases tend to suffer a series of distinct damages due to their injuries. Although every case is different, and we cannot guarantee a specific outcome, our attorneys are often able to recover specific types of damages for our clients.
Depending on the details of your case, you may be entitled to compensation for the following:
- Medical expenses related to removal of the defective IVC filter
- Costs associated with medical treatment for your injuries/complications
- Reasonable future medical care costs (projected)
- Lost income/wages, including reasonable future lost earnings
- Lost or reduced earning capacity (if injuries/complications are disabling)
- Pain and suffering
If your loved one died after receiving a defective IVC filter, we can help you bring a wrongful death claim against the liable manufacturer.
Call Today to Discuss Your Potential Case
Our Cleveland IVC filter lawsuit lawyers have more than 74 years of legal experience. We have been protecting the rights of injury victims since 1946, and we know what it takes to bring forward a successful claim. Our effective and comprehensive legal strategies are tailored to your specific needs, so you know we are focused on your goals and best interests.
We prepare each case for trial and never back down from big corporations and insurance companies. You shouldn’t have to deal with the side effects of a medical device that is supposed to help you. Let our firm work to be the advocate and voice you need.
When you hire Spangenberg Shibley & Liber, you can have peace of mind knowing you receive experienced representation without financial obligations. With us, if there’s no recovery, there’s no fee.
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