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Defective medical devices: 1 awarded $3.6 million judgment

A woman has recently been awarded a $3.6 million judgment after filing a lawsuit in relation to injuries caused by a defective inferior vena cava filter. Dangerous or defective medical devices can cause a great deal of harm to the health of a patient. Individuals in Tennessee who suffer harm due to a defective device may be entitled to restitution, but they may be uncertain where to turn for assistance in the process.

According to reports, the device was implanted within her inferior vena cava to assist in preventing blood clots from forming following a surgical procedure. However, due to a defect in the manufacturing of the device, parts of it broke off and became embedded within the wall of her vein. After one of the pieces broke free from the wall, she was forced to undergo open heart surgery, and she claims that she still has a piece embedded within the wall to this day.

Patients who are forced to have a medical device implanted within them generally expect the device to function properly. A defective medical device could cause an existing condition to worsen over time, or even create new medical issues, both of which can pose a threat to a person's well-being. According to the lawsuit, the company that manufactures the device knew of the potential risks involved, but failed to relay this information to doctors.

Individuals who suffer serious harm due to defective medical devices may wish to hold the party believed responsible fully accountable through the civil justice system. For assistance in navigating the process, a person could consider retaining the services of an experienced attorney. An attorney in Tennessee can examine the client's situation thoroughly and assist in pursuing the full amount of compensation deserved through a claim against the party or parties deemed at fault.

Source:, "$3.6 Million Awarded in First Bard IVC Filter Case", March 30, 2018

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