IVC Filters are a tiny medical devices designed to prevent blood clots from reaching the lungs or the heart. The condition, referred to as a pulmonary embolism (PE), are found in patients who undergo hip and knee replacement surgeries. To prevent this fatal health situation, patients are given IVC filters.
Originally, these filters were developed with the intent of being permanent. The temporary or retrievable IVC filters are designed to be removable soon after the risk of blood clot formation is no longer deemed possible. The Greenfield filter lawsuit focuses on the fact that the filters are not safe as the failure rate is too high. One of the major issues with the filter is it can break apart and when they do so, metal parts travel through the bloodstream and puncture the vein and/or other organs. Additionally, if the IVC filter removal is not performed on a defective device before the parts break, the results can be fatal.
Warnings about IVC filter
The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has issued two main safety communications regarding the IVC filters in 2010 and 2014. They have warned the public about the risk for pulmonary embolisms (PEs) associated with the devices even though they were advertised as safe and effective alternative.
The main manufacturers who have been named in the Greenfield filter lawsuit are:
• Cook Medical
• R. Bard
• Boston Scientific
Though Bard and Cook have stopped selling the IVC filters, there are people who are fitted with these faulty devices. The lawsuits also consider the following points such as complications due to device failure where parts of the struts fall off or break. They also consider when the device has migrated inside the body, or the device has failed to function as it was intended to. Sometimes, the faulty design leads to the formation of blood clots within the filter itself.
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