Medical devices have come a long way in recent years. They perform medical miracles for thousands of Houston residents, allowing them to live a longer life. But sometimes a medical device manufacturer does not perform the necessary testing of their device, which can result in a defective medical device.
The Recovery blood clot filter is one device that may be dangerous for patients. The device is used to break up blood clots so that they don’t go through the body. But there have been instances where the filter itself has broken loose, traveled to other parts of the body and caused serious injury and even death. One such instance occurred when the filter got loose because of a blood clot pushing it out of place. The filter then traveled to the victim’s heart and caused his death just a few minutes later.
Government data has shown that at least 27 people have died and 300 more have been injured because of the Recovery filter. The company had hired an investigator to research their filter, and that showed that the Recovery filter had a higher risk of death and complications than its competitors. The company sold another 34,000 filters after knowing this information before coming up with a replacement.
When a company is negligent in their medical devices it can cause unexpected serious injuries and even death in patients. It is important to hold these companies accountable for their negligence so that they don’t harm anyone else. An attorney familiar with defective medical device cases may be able to help a family determine what happened to their loved one and hold the medical device company accountable.