Some former surgery patients in West Virginia may be alarmed to learn that one particular medical device has some fatal flaws. These defective medical devices are Recovery filters, which have been implanted in thousands of patients in the United States who were at risk for developing blood clots. Questions are currently being posed about whether or not the filter manufacturer divulged everything it knew concerning possibly deadly defects.
Twenty-seven deaths have been tied to the filter so far over the past decade. The Recovery filter is an apparatus that is spider shaped and that is placed in a patient’s largest vein. About 300 other problems that are not fatal have also been connected to the filter. For instance, one patient said after she got her filter in following a vehicle accident that increased her risk for developing blood clots, she suffered a bad headache and ended up passing out.
In one confidential study done on the Recovery filter, investigators discovered that the filter had a higher rate of relative risk for dying. It also had a higher risk for movement and filter fracture compared with its competitors. Acquiring clearance from the Food and Drug Administration required more than a single attempt for the medical device.
People who end up becoming injured as a result of using defective medical devices have the right to file liability claims against the product manufacturer. Likewise, the loved ones of individuals who have died due to using flawed devices may choose to file wrongful death claims, seeking damages. Liability needs to be established in a way that satisfies the court before damage claims will be determined in West Virginia.
Source: NBC News, “Did Blood-Clot Filter Used on Thousands of Americans Have Fatal Flaw?“, Tim Sandler, Stacey Naggiar and Stephanie Gosk, Sept. 3, 2015