TORONTO, Feb. 23, 2016 /CNW/ - The law firm, Siskinds LLP, has launched a class action regarding IVC filters.
IVC (inferior vena cava) filters are small metal medical devices designed to trap blood clots passing through the IVC. The IVC is a large vein that returns blood from the lower body to the heart. IVC filters are implanted in persons at risk of developing blood clots. Most IVC filters are intended to be retrievable, meaning a physician will remove the device after the risk of developing blood clots has subsided.
IVC filters have caused serious injuries, including death. Reports to the FDA indicate that the filters can migrate to the heart, lungs, or fracture and perforate the IVC, or another vein or organ. Further, it may be difficult or impossible to remove the filter.
Jill McCartney, a lawyer with Siskinds LLP, states, "In commencing the class action, Siskinds is seeking recovery for Canadians who were implanted with certain IVC filters and were not warned of the risks of suffering serious injuries, including death and injury to the inferior vena cava as well as other veins or organs." She further states, "As a matter of safety, patients and their health care providers need to be informed of the risks associated with using a particular medical device."
Canadians who believe they might be affected by this class action are encouraged to email IVCfilters@siskinds.com or call 1-800-461-6166 ext. 2278 for English enquiries or ext. 2409 for French enquiries.
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For further information: Jill S. McCartney or Elizabeth deBoer, 100 Lombard Street, Suite 302, Toronto, ON M5C 1M3, Tel: (416) 362-8334, Email: IVCfilters@siskinds.com