Anyone here in Ohio or elsewhere who has suffered from a pulmonary embolism, which is a blood clot in the lung, knows just how scary it can be. This condition is considered life threatening, and once the danger has passed, some doctors will want to take aggressive measures to prevent future occurrences by implanting IVC filters in their patients. The problem is that this medical device can cause substantial harm and even death.
An IVC filter is a medical device implanted in the large vein that runs through the middle of the body, called the inferior vena cava. The aim of the device is to allow normal blood flow to continue through the body while preventing a clot from reaching the lungs, heart or even brain. Once implanted, it will expand to fit the walls of the vein and adhere to them.
Under ideal conditions, the device works as intended, and the patient has no health repercussions. However, these devices are known to migrate from their original position, fail to deploy properly, or puncture the vein, internal organs or arteries. Not surprisingly, any of these complications could cause significant damage to a person’s body. Other issues with IVC filters involve problems with the implantation or removal of the device.
IVC filters can save lives, but they can also take them or cause Ohio residents irreparable damage. Even though numerous complaints and lawsuits have arisen in the past, the potential efficacy of the device means that it continues to be used as a treatment for the prevention of pulmonary embolisms. When something does go wrong, patients and their families may have the opportunity to seek restitution for the harm done by the device. Working with an attorney who has helped others in this position could prove invaluable in achieving the best outcome possible under the circumstances.