Recently been the victim of a defective IVC filter in Miami?

We all know that experiencing side effects or symptoms related to a defective IVC filter can have dangerous and life-threatening consequences. Shamis & Gentile is an injury lawsuit lawyer firm in Miami and Coral Gables, Florida, that investigates potential cases for individuals who have had problems related to small medical devices implanted to the inferior vena cava to prevent blood clots.

With years of experience in the litigation and settlement of claims regarding IVC filters problems, our team of skilled and trusted injury lawsuit attorneys distinguishes itself because of its ability to successfully handle virtually any case involving wrongful death, personal injury, personal injury protection and immigration work.

Whether by trial or strategic negotiation, the attorneys and staff at Shamis & Gentile P.A. are dedicated to providing tireless legal representation in every aspect of your case so that you can return to normalcy in your life. Call us if you are a resident of Miami, Miami Beach, Coral Gables, Aventura, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, South Florida, Kendall, Hialeah or Miami Gardens.

Why might I need an IVC filter?

An IVC filter, also called Inferior Vena Cava filter, is a small cone-shaped device that is implemented in the inferior vena cava just below the kidneys. The inferior vena cava is the largest vein in the body, and carries de-oxygenated blood from the lower extremities to the right atrium of the heart, and finally to the lungs.

Veins are the blood vessels that bring oxygen-poor blood back to the heart, while arteries are the blood vessels that bring oxygen-rich blood and nutrients to the body. A deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that forms in a vein deep inside the body. In most cases, the clot forms inside one of the deep veins of the leg. Frequently, those veins have tiny valves that help to keep blood moving back up toward the heart;  a DVT may damage one of these valves, causing a blockage in the vessel called a pulmonary embolism.

The IVC filter is placed by a vascular surgeon or an interventional radiologist through a small incision in a vein in your groin or neck, in order to prevent pulmonary embolism. A variety of conditions can increase your chance of getting a DVT, among which:

  • Recent surgery, which decreases your mobility
  • Medical conditions that limit your mobility
  • Long periods of travel
  • Injury to a deep vein in the leg
  • Pregnancy
  • Cancer treatment
  • Smoking
  • Obesity

A few manufacturers of IVC filters have been recently issued a warning letter from the FDA for presenting higher rates of relative risk for death, filter fracture and movement, such as Bard G2 IVC filter or Cook IVC filter.

The migration of the filter can create several vascular symptoms that could lead to the removal of the defective IVC filter:

  • Perforation of the heart, lungs or other organs
  • Hemorrhagic pericardial effusion
  • Cardiac tamponade
  • Ventricular tachycardia
  • Puncturing of the vena cava

In many cases, the problem require emergency treatment for the blood clot filter removal or even heart surgery.  Shamis & Gentile P.A. is a progressive and trusted law firm within the legal community in South Florida and is often called upon to settle cases that other law firms may not be able to handle on their own, such as IVC filter claims.

IVC Filter Claims in Miami and Coral Gables, Florida

If you or one of your relatives has been affected by a faulty IVC filter causing an injury, you may be entitled to compensation for damages, such as Medical Expenses, permanency of the injury, pain or suffering and mental anguish. We would be happy to review your case, but you have to be aware that every case has a deadline and so it is imperative that you contact us immediately to avoid any potential waiver of your claim. We can help you if you are living in the following locations:

  • Miami
  • Miami Beach
  • Coral Gables
  • Aventura
  • Boca Raton
  • Fort Lauderdale
  • South Florida
  • Kendall
  • Hialeah
  • Miami Gardens

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Shamis and Gentile Law Firm

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