IVC Filter Lawsuit Alleges Cordis TrapEase IVC Filters Fail at Alarming Rates, and at Substantially Higher Rates than Other Available IVC Filters
Southern Med Law announces that they have filed an IVC filter lawsuit on behalf of an Alabama woman who died after suffering complications allegedly related to the Cordis TrapEase inferior vena cava (IVC) filter. The IVC filter lawsuit complaint, which was filed in the Circuit Court of Talladega County, Alabama, on September 16th, names Cordis Corporation, Confluent Medical Technolgies, Inc., Johnson & Johnson and the Decedent’s medical providers as Defendants. (IVC Filter Lawsuit No. 61-CV-2016-900295.00)
According to the IVC filter lawsuit, the woman was implanted with the Cordis TrapEase IVC filter in 2009. On September 19, 2014, she presented at the emergency room suffering from lower back pain, abdominal pain and nausea. She also reported that her “legs were going numb.” Upon her discharge on September 19th, one of her doctors noted “no subjective or objective finding that are life or limb threatening. Medically screened and stable for disposition from the unit.”
The following day, the woman returned to the emergency room by EMS, after having been found unresponsive in her home. She passed away due to cardiac arrest on September 20, 2014.
The IVC Filter Lawsuit lawsuit alleges that Cordis TrapEase IVC filters fail at alarming rates
The IVC Filter Lawsuit lawsuit charges that Cordis TrapEase IVC filters fail at alarming rates, and at substantially higher rates compared to other available IVC filters. For instance, a recent large medical study found that the TrapEase filter suffers fracture rates of 23.1% when left implanted a minimum of 46 months. Another recent study found that the device had a 64% fracture rate when left in more than four years. Among other things, the complaint alleges that the filter’s manufacturers failed to adequately disclose the risks of the device, such as migration, fracture, perforation, tilt, thrombosis, the prothrombotic nature of the TrapEase IVC filter, or that these failures were known to be causing severe injuries and death or the rate at which these events were occurring.
According to the IVC Filter Lawsuit complaint, the Cordis TrapEase IVC filter was approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in January 2001, via the agency’s 510(k) clearance program. This process allows a medical device to come to market without the benefits of human testing as long as manufacturers can demonstrate that the product is substantially equivalent to a previously-approved device.
The TrapEase IVC filter is intended to be a permanent implanted into patients who are at risk for pulmonary embolism
The TrapEase IVC filter is a rigid, star-shaped metal device that is implanted into the inferior vena cava of patients who are at risk for pulmonary embolism. It is intended to be permanent. However, the Alabama lawsuit points out that having an IVC filter for a prolonged period of time also increases the risk of developing chronic deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, IVC occlusion, post-thrombotic syndrome, filter fracture, and caval perforation with pain and organ injury. In fact, many IVC filter recipients are prescribed life-long anticoagulant treatment to reduce this risk, subjecting them to the risks and inconvenience of anticoagulation
Attorney And Practicing Doctor and founder of Southern Med Law Files IVC Filter Lawsuit On Behalf of family
As both an attorney and practicing physician, Dr. François Blaudeau, the founder of Southern Med Law, possesses a unique understanding of the medical and legal issues central to IVC filter lawsuits. His first-hand knowledge of medicine has made Southern Med Law an aggressive and effective advocate for those who were harmed due to negligent medical device manufacturers. If you or a loved one were injured by a Cordis IVC filter, contact Southern Med Law today to learn more about your legal rights. You can arrange for a free, no obligation IVC lawsuit review by visiting www.southernmedlaw.com, or by calling the office directly at 205-547-5525.
About Southern Med Law and Filing an IVC Filter Lawsuit
Southern Med Law is led by Dr. François Blaudeau, an attorney and a practicing obstetrician/ gynecologist that is determined to stop the large manufacturers of personal health products and medical devices from injuring more women. The legal staff at Southern Med Law is an experienced group of attorneys who possess a deep understanding of the complex medical and legal questions at issue in all manner of product liability and personal injury claims. They are not afraid to take on the nation’s largest corporations in their pursuit of justice, and are committed to ensuring that all victims have access to the type of aggressive legal advocacy that assures success.
Southern Med Law
François M. Blaudeau, MD JD FACHE FCLM Esquire
2224 1st Avenue North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
Phone: (205) 547-5525
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