Pulmonary embolism [PE] symptoms may include shortness of breath, chest pain and even coughing up blood. If experiencing these symptoms it is essential to seek out the aid of a medical professional as PE is no joke.
A PE is a “potentially fatal blockage in an artery that carries blood from the heart to the lungs,” according to drugwatch.com. The potentially fatal blockage, known as a blood clot, generally starts in the leg and travels to the lung.
The standard treatment for PE is anticoagulation, which is meant to help keep blot clots from forming in your blood, but that treatment does not always work for every patient. That is when doctors turn to a small metal device called an inferior vena cava filter [IVC].
The device is designed to stop a blood clot from making its way to the lungs, eliminating the chance of causing a PE. An IVC gets surgically implanted into the largest vein in the body, which is called the inferior vena cava.
Unfortunately, this innovative device has been reported to cause problems, as they have been known to move in the body, causing serious complications.
The use of IVC filters has been linked to a wide variety of side effects, including ones that are life-threatening. These side effects have been found to occur either during the placement of the IVC, after placement happens or after removal or retrieval of the filter occurs.
One of the more common and painful side effects that many IVC patients have experienced is the migration of the IVC. It is important to note that migration happens twice as often with permanent filters than with retrievable or removal ones.
When the IVC moves in the body to the cardiopulmonary system it is often times fatal and requires immediate medical attention. Open-heart surgery has happened in order to save patients from death.
With multiple complications stemming from the use of IVCs, including some problems with the device itself, many patients have taken legal action against manufacturers and their subsidiaries. A few specific companies under fire include C.R. Bard, Cook Medical and Boston Scientific. It is alleged that those companies knew about their defective medical devices but still sold them without making the public aware of the possible risks.
If you are experiencing pain and suffering because of an IVC you should seek the help of an experienced medical malpractice lawyer to hold the right people accountable. In New York City, the attorneys at Proner & Proner are ready to represent you and help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 800-776-5291 or fill out our online contact form today to begin discussing your case.
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