Clark, Love & Hutson, GP

Blood clot filter may be causing deaths

Medical devices can be important additions to the health care of Houston residents. Medical devices continue to get more and more advanced each year and it seems like medical device makers try and get their product out to the market as quickly as possible. This can lead to a defective medical device that causes a serious injury or even death.

A medical device aimed at reducing blood clots is under fire for potentially causing serious injuries and even death. The Recovery filter made by C.R. Bard is inserted into the largest vein of the body to limit where potential blood clots can go in the body. They are designed to prevent blood clots from forming.

But there have been many instances where they have caused a life-threatening injury. There have been at least 27 deaths and hundreds more injuries in the past decade. The risks involve portions of the filter breaking off and hitting the heart or lungs. This can be deadly or result in serious heart surgery.

A medical device is supposed to help a person's medical condition. But sometimes medical device manufacturer's put their own bottom line ahead of their customer's safety. Sometimes a company is more interested in profits. When this happens medical devices are introduced to the market before they have been properly tested for safety. This can result in patients suffering from unexpected injuries or even death.

If a family believes they have been negatively affected by a defective medical device they may want to speak with a legal professional skilled in defective medical devices. An attorney can investigate the circumstances surrounding the injury and determine who is responsible. They can hold a medical device maker responsible for their negligence. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.

Medical device manufacturers need to make sure their product is safe before it is released to customers. When a product is found to be unsafe patients have legal rights to hold these manufacturers accountable for their negligence.

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