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Fatal injuries have prompted an estate administrator to file a lawsuit against the manufacturers of the Cordis IVC filter.

The Cordis IVC filter lawsuit alleges that Johnson & Johnson and its affiliated subsidiaries are responsible for failing to warn patients about the serious risks of this particular product.

A surgical procedure involving the Cordis IVC filter occurred with the decedent in January of 2011. In 2012, however, that patient suffered from a severe hemorrhage and was hospitalized. In 2014, the patient passed away as a result of respiratory failure.

According to the Cordia IVC filter lawsuit, the plaintiff’s overall health and unfortunate death may have been tied to use of the Cordis IVC filter. The decedent furthermore had to cope with pain and suffering, high medical expenses, loss of enjoyment of life, disability, and other costs before he passed away in August of 2014.

Allegedly, the Cordis IVC filter was a dangerous product and information regarding the side effects and potential dangers should have been provided to consumers and doctors.

The Trapease IVC is allegedly the cause of the severe injuries sustained by the patient who did not know at the time that he was at risk for life-threatening side effects due to the implantation of an IVC filter.

Dangers of Cordis IVC Filters

The Cordis Optease and Traptease IVC filters are used to prevent pulmonary embolisms. Studies and patient reports, however, that a high risk of filter fracture, migration, and perforation may occur.

ivc-filter-wrongful-death-lawsuitIf the filters are not taken out of the patient within a few months, the risk of retrieval becomes much more difficult. The Cordis Optease product was introduced to the market in 2001 and is a retrievable IVC filter.

A 2005 study published in the Journal of Trauma-Injury & Critical Care noted that the Cordis Optease filter, the one featured in the above-mentioned lawsuit, raises the risk of a vena cava wall puncture after one month.

Another Japanese study found that half of patients implanted with this filter suffered a fractured strut.

Medical devices, including the Cordis IVC filter, may cause patients to suffer serious side effects and complications.

However, it is the manufacturer’s responsibility to notify doctors and patients concerning the risks of these devices. An inferior vena cava filter is intended for the prevention of pulmonary embolism, blood clots, and deep vein thrombosis.

The newest Cordis IVC filter lawsuit is filed on behalf of a man who passed away after having the device implanted. 

If you or someone you know has been injured because of a Cordis IVC filter, you may be eligible to file an injury claim to recover compensation.

If you’ve been injured by an IVC filter, schedule a free consultation with the lawyers at McDonald Worley.