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Defective product suit claims potential hemorrhaging, other risks

An inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is a device implanted -- permanently or temporarily -- just below the kidneys that is meant to capture embolisms. An embolism is a blood clot which has broken loose from one of the deep veins in an individual's legs and then travels to the person's heart and lungs. For patients in Washington, D.C., or anywhere in the world, a vena cava filter can prove lifesaving. Unfortunately, in a case in another state, a woman who had the device installed has had less than successful results and, subsequently, filed a defective product lawsuit against the manufacturer.

The woman who filed the suit claims that, in April 2016, a doctor tried to surgically retrieve the filter she had had implanted about a year and a half prior. However, the doctor was not able to remove the device, apparently due to the fact that the retrieval hook at the filter's apex had become embedded into her vena cava wall. The device was supposed to have been installed only temporarily, but despite various other methods attempting to extract the device, the doctor was unable to remove it.

The woman's lawsuit claims that Rex Medical L.P. negligently manufactured the Option Elite Retrievable Inferior Vena Cava Filter, and Argon Medical Devices, Inc., marketed and distributed the unsafe product. The complaint states that the defendants failed to warn customers of the device's flaws and put the product out for sale, despite the fact that it could potentially result in severe health side effects. The faulty device could allegedly lead to problems and health risks including hemorrhaging, arrhythmia, tissue and organ perforation and cardiac symptoms similar to myocardial infarction.

The suit is demanding trial by jury, wherein will be sought full recovery for all claims, including fees and expenses, punitive damages, and any other relief the court deems appropriate. The complaints against the defendants are numerous and include counts of negligence and strict product liability with design and manufacturing defects, as well as failure to warn. Anyone in the Washington, D.C., area whose health has been similarly threatened due to a defective product might benefit from the legal counsel and guidance of an attorney with experience in medical malpractice claims.

Source: pennrecord.com, "California plaintiff accuses medical device companies of making defective vena cava filter", Nicholas Malfitano, March 1, 2017

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