When you undergo a medical procedure to reduce the potential for a serious injury or medical event, you expect that undergoing the procedure will be safer than continuing without it. In many cases, that belief is correct. In the case of a particular brand of vena cava filters, however, a device meant to address one medical condition ended up causing another, more dangerous condition.
Now, the company that manufactured and marketed these products is facing a serious product liability lawsuit from a patient who suffered from serious side effects as a result of a product flaw that wasn't disclosed.
All too often, companies that manufacture defective or problematic products decide not to warn consumers as a means of reducing their overall liability. If you or a loved one have suffered injuries due to a malfunctioning or poorly designed medical device, you need the help of an experienced medical malpractice and product liability attorney.
Blood filter became irrevocably embedded
In this most recent lawsuit, an IVC filter intended to filter the blood and catch/remove blood clots ended up embedded into the surrounding tissue. The IVC filter typically gets implanted into the inferior vena cava to prevent blood clots in the lungs. In this case, the patient had the device, which should have been temporary, implanted in September of 2014. When the doctor attempted to remove the device using the retrieval hook built into the filter, the doctor discovered that the retrieval hook had become embedded in the patient's body. The patient retained an attorney and has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer.
The lawsuit alleges that the defendants knowingly manufactured and marketed a product with a serious defect. Blood clots are a serious medical issue, but so is the implantation of a temporary device that medical personnel cannot remove. The plaintiffs are alleging serious bodily harm and requesting compensation for product liability, breach of implied warranty, breach of express warranty, and all associated costs, including their attorney's fees.
An attorney is critical if you are the victim of a defective product
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or endangered by a defective product, you should speak with an attorney as soon as possible. The costs, including lost wages and medical expenses, associated with medical product failure could be astronomical. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to ensure that you recover the financial losses associated with a defective product. Not only will a lawsuit help your family recover, it can help protect future consumers from similar defective products.