Is my IVC Filter Defective?
Some people are more at risk for blood clots than others, which is why there is a need for protective, preventative measures to take place in order to stop clots from happening or worsening someone’s condition.
One such preventative measure is that of an IVC filter.
An IVC filter, according to the website of the lawyers with Habush Habush & Rottier, is a device that is surgically installed within the inferior vena cava (IVC) in order to capture clots before they reach the lungs and cause further damage, such as pulmonary embolism; this is when a clot can get to the lungs and if it is large enough, it could disrupt the blood flow that supports the organ, thereby damaging it. This is often fatal.
Since these things happen internally, there is often no immediately noticeable way to know that there has been damage done onto the device. Since the heart is so crucially vital to the body, it is then important to detect these damages and repair them as soon as possible in order to avoid any more unfortunate circumstances that could, at the worst case scenario, end in death.
Not all hope is lost as there are some ways wherein defects in an IVC filter can be detected. Some symptoms of a defect are extreme pain in the chest area, difficulty breathing, and excruciating headaches. If you recognize any of these symptoms and have a device surgically installed, it is of the utmost importance to contact medical help immediately. It is always better to be safe than sorry in situations like this, after all.
If there have been defects in your IVC filter, it is advised that experienced professionals in the fields of law and medicine are contacted in order to guide you into making the most informed decisions possible.