An inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is a medical device that is placed in the inferior vena cava, the portion of the heart that intakes deoxygenated blood from the lower half of the body and moves it into the right atrium for oxygenation. The purpose of this device is to prevent pulmonary embolisms, which are blockages of the lung’s main artery. Because of the area of the body where the IVC filter is placed, chest pain for an IVC filter patients is often one of the first symptoms that something is wrong with the device.
A patient can suffer chest pain and a wide variety of related medical conditions because of the improper insertion or removal of an IVC filter. He or she can also experience complications if the filter is not removed in a timely manner or if the device is defective. In any scenario where a patient suffers from health complications because of a defective or improperly-handled IVC filter, the patient could be entitled to seek monetary compensation for his or her losses through a defective medical device claim. If the patient dies as a result of his or her complications, his or her family can file a wrongful death claim to recover their expenses related to the death, such as funeral and hospital bills and the loss of the patient’s contributions to his or her household. If you or a loved one has experienced any type of IVC filter complication, contact an experienced defective IVC filter lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your options for filing a defective medical device claim.
Patients can suffer from a variety of adverse health effects as a result of a broken, defective, or mishandled IVC filter. Chest pain is often the first warning that there is a problem with the filter, but it is not the only symptom that a patient can experience. Some other symptoms of IVC filter problems include:
These symptoms can occur if a piece of an IVC filter fractures and migrates to other areas of the body or becomes embedded in the inferior vena cava to the point that it begins to dig a hole, or perforate, the tissue surrounding it. Sometimes, these symptoms are fairly mild and difficult to notice and in other cases, they are severe to the point that they interfere with the patient’s ability to go about his or her normal daily activities. If you experience chest pain or any of the other symptoms listed above, discuss your symptoms with your doctor.
Victims who have been harmed by defective IVC filter devices, as well as the family members of those who have sustained fatal injuries as a result of an IVC filter, have the right to pursue legal action. Currently, there are dozens of lawsuits pending in state and federal courts against Bard and Cook.
If you have suffered because of a physician’s negligence with your IVC filter or because your filter was damaged or defective, you could be entitled to monetary compensation for your expenses through a defective medical device claim. Contact our team of experienced defective IVC filter attorneys today to schedule your initial legal consultation with us.