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A lawsuit filed in August 2017 alleges that a patient died as a result of complications from the Option ELITE Retrievable Inferior Vena Cava Filter made by Rex Medical LP and Argon Medical Devices.
The surgical implantation of the IVC filter occurred in August 2015 in Georgia and the primary purpose of this device, as with many other patients, was to help to prevent pulmonary embolisms. In September of 2015, the patient died as result of an allegedly defective IVC filter, prompting his wife to file an IVC filter wrongful death lawsuit.
The lawsuit argues that the patient suffered a pulmonary embolism, the medical condition that the IVC filter was designed directly to prevent. According to the attorneys for the widow who filed the IVC filter death lawsuit, the manufacturers knew or should have known that the device was unreasonably dangerous and defective.
The defendants are accused of not completing appropriate clinical testing in order to determine how the device would actually function once placed in the human body or whether or not it was truly effective in preventing pulmonary embolisms.
IVC Filters Linked to Blood Clot Problems and Pulmonary Embolisms
As with any medical device, the decision to implant something to help a patient with a medical condition is a serious one and one that requires insight from both the doctor and the patient. However, if the patient sustains injuries as a result, this can prompt legal action in the form of an IVC filter wrongful death lawsuit.
These IVC filter devices, including the Option ELITE, have a high rate of migration, embedment, fracture, perforation of the vena cava wall, thrombosis and excessive tilting. These allegedly defective issues can expose patients to a broad range of critical injuries including hemorrhage, cardiac arrhythmia, severe pain, organ damage, cardiac tamponade and difficulty to remove the device.
The most serious cases will result in fatalities. There are more than 4,000 different variations of the IVC filter lawsuits currently pending against Cook Medical, Rex Medical and CR Bard. The majority of these lawsuits have already been centralized in both state and federal courts throughout Illinois and Arizona.
If you or someone you know has been seriously injured or killed as a result of an IVC filter, you could be eligible to file an IVC filter wrongful death lawsuit with the help of an experienced injury lawyer.
The attorneys at McDonald Worley know what it’s like for patients who have lost loved ones due to defective medical devices. They have represented many clients with wrongful death lawsuits and defective medical device claims after injuries have occurred.
Getting help from an experienced lawyer as soon as possible is vital for recovering compensation for your injuries. An IVC filter wrongful death lawsuit may be the only way for you to get the funds you need. Contact the attorneys at McDonald Worley today for a free case evaluation.