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Company might have known about defective medical device

There is little denying the serious danger that blood clots pose, and people who suffer from conditions that make them especially prone to developing clots typically require specialized care. When a blood-clot filter was approved by the Food and Drug Administration, there appeared to be some hope on the horizon for chronic blood clot sufferers. Unfortunately, the filter was not without flaws, and as a possible defective medical device, it put the lives of thousands of people in California and across the country at risk.

The Recovery filter is shaped like a spider and then surgically inserted into a person's body in order to filter out clots and stop them from reaching important organs, like the lungs or heart. One woman had her Recovery filter inserted after she was involved in a car wreck and suffered injuries that drastically increased her chances of developing clots. However, four months later, part of the filter broke away and then traveled through her veins to her heart. She was rushed to the hospital where she underwent open-heart surgery to save her life.

This patient's story is not unique, and C.R. Bard -- the manufacturer of the Recovery filter -- has received approximately 27 reports of Recovery-associated deaths. An additional 300 reports implicate the filter in serious although non-fatal injuries. It is possible that both of these numbers could be lower than the actual number of complications.

The Recovery filter was initially denied approval by the FDA. However, with help from a regulatory specialist, it was eventually put on the market. Whether C.R. Bard actually knew about the problems associated with the Recovery filter is widely speculated. Whether the company was aware that they were providing a defective medical device to California patients or not, they may still be legally responsible for the monetary damages associated with injuries suffered from the dangerous filter.

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

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