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People from all across the country, including those right here in Ohio, are filing lawsuits against IVC filter manufacturers after suffering severe and even life-threatening injuries from IVC filters. In fact, there have been more than three thousand lawsuits that have been filed nationally by those who have been injured by these medical devices. If you have suffered an injury after having an IVC filter device implanted, you may be entitled to significant compensation for your injuries. Contact an IVC filter lawyer today to discuss how they may be able to file a medical malpractice or product liability suit to help you and your family recover from a defective IVC filter.

What Are IVC Filters

IVC filters are a spider-like wire that is inserted into the inferior vena cava vein in the heart to clear pulmonary embolisms. The inferior vena cava is one of the three main veins that bring blood from the rest of the body into the heart.

Specifically, the inferior vena cava brings blood back from the lower part of the body after it has circulated through the organs and muscles below the heart.

As the blood is coming back from the lower portion of the body it can carry with it dangerous blood clots that if not stopped can cause permanent and irreparable damage to the heart, brain, and lungs, and can even result in death.

An IVC filter when properly inserted and when properly manufactured works as a filter to stop dangerous blood clots from passing through the heart and thereby circulating into the rest of the body. Furthermore, these filters help break down these blood clots over time, until they no longer pose a threat to a person.

Most patients who are candidates for an IVC filter are unable to take anticoagulant medications because of another underlying medical condition, and therefore, these filters can provide critical life-saving protection from dangerous blood clots.

IVC Filter Injuries

While the IVC filters may have a critical utility in preventing blood clots from spreading throughout the body, these devices can also cause severe and even life-threatening injuries.

Unfortunately, an IVC filter that has not been inserted into the heart correctly, or has not been manufactured properly has the potential to break, tilt in the vein, or even migrate throughout the body where it can puncture veins or organs. Some of the most frequent IVC filter injuries include:

  • Chest pain
  • Hypotension
  • Heart rhythm problems
  • Neck pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Hemorrhaging
  • Pulmonary embolisms
  • Stroke
  • Death

When this device is not properly installed, or because of a defect in its design, it can result in severe and permanent injuries, and anyone who has suffered an injury because of an IVC filter should contact an experienced and aggressive IVC lawyer today to discuss their case and explore potential lawsuits.

IVC Filter Lawsuits and Settlement Negotiations

There have been numerous lawsuits filed throughout the country against IVC filter manufacturers, as well as against doctors and surgeons who do not install them properly. An Ohio IVC filter lawyer can help determine how much compensation a person may be entitled to by examining and proving:

  • The extent of an injury or injuries from IVC filters
  • The expected duration and effect that the IVC filter injury had on a person’s overall physical and mental health
  • Determining whether or not a person has suffered mental anguish and pain from an IVC filter, and whether or not a person will continue to suffer in the future
  • Determining how past medical expenses, and calculating future medical expenses a person may incur as a result of an IVC filter complication
  • Whether a person has suffered lost wages or loss of earning capacity, and how this will affect their future

Sadly, there have been numerous families who have lost a loved one because of a faulty IVC filter. In these cases, an IVC filter lawyer can help file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the surviving family members.

Under Ohio’s wrongful death statute, a family who has lost a loved one because of an IVC filter can recover the following forms of compensation on behalf of their loved one:

  • Medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering of the victim
  • The victim’s lost wages
  • Funeral and Burial Costs
  • Loss of love, affection, and companionship

Talk to an IVC Filter Attorney Today

If you have been injured because of an IVC filter, you may be entitled to significant compensation for your injuries.

A dedicated and knowledgeable IVC filter lawyer can help by evaluating your case, working with and negotiating with insurance companies, collecting evidence, hiring medical experts, and filing medical malpractice and product liability cases on your behalf.