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Ohio lawsuit against medical manufacturer alleges negligence

Surgical implants are designed to save and improve lives, and thousands of devices help maintain health in outpatients every day. It is rare that devices fail or cause other health problems, but these problems must be solved in terms of medicine and liability alike.

An Ohio man recently brought a lawsuit against a medical device manufacturer after one of their products allegedly injured him when it fractured after implantation. The suit claims that design flaws caused the problem.

The inferior vena cava (IVC) filter was placed in the vein returning blood to the man's heart after circulation in order to prevent embolisms by catching blood clots. An Ohio hospital conducted the surgery in 2011

The second-generation device has been in use since it was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2005. Studies estimate that 40 percent of the devices will fracture within five years of implantation, and 12 deaths have previously been linked to the filter.

The manufacturer replaced an earlier model with the device in question, and did not conduct full medical trials because the filters were highly similar. The earlier model, however, was connected to 27 deaths during its issuance. Charges in the suit include negligence related to the design and manufacturing process, failing to warn about side effects and conducting inadequate safety tests.

Patients who have suffered injury due to faulty medical devices or improper surgical practices have rights to protect their health, as well as legal options to claim compensation for pain and suffering. This also applies to the family of those who suffered fatal complications.

An experienced lawyer with knowledge of surgical malpractice can help patients and their families weigh legal options and determine the best option to secure compensation for damage to short-term and long-term health.

Source: Daily Hornet, "Ohio Man Files Lawsuit for Blood Clot Filter Side Effects," July 10, 2017

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