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August 5, 2015

IVC Filter

In order to prevent dangerous blood clots from moving into the lungs and causing pulmonary embolism, surgeons implant patients with IVC (inferior vena cava) filters. IVC filters are retrievable, wire devices designed to catch blood clots in the blood stream before they migrate to the lungs, allowing for dissipation of the clots over time. These filters are also noted for helping prevent strokes and other life-threatening events in patients.

Since 2005, the FDA has received hundreds of reports about adverse effects from implanted IVC filters, including filter migration, filter fracture, and punctured blood vessels and organs. Taking note of the reported risks of migration, fracture, and perforation, the FDA issued a warning about IVC filters in 2010, suggesting that the devices should be retrieved from patients as soon as the risk for blood clots decreased.
The risks posed by an IVC filter escalate the longer the device remains in the body, since the likelihood of device fracture increases with time. Metal extremities of the IVC filter can break and ultimately find their way to the heart or lungs of the patient. Problems that may be associated with the use of an IVC filter are:

• Filter migration
• Filter fracture
• Tilting of the filter
• Inability to retrieve the filter
• Perforated blood vessels and organs
• Pulmonary embolism
• Respiratory problems
• Stroke
• Death

IVC filters manufactured by C.R. Bard and Cook Group, Inc. have been involved in lawsuits. Three brands of IVC filters that have been noted for causing adverse effects in patients are:

• Bard Recovery filter
• Bard G2 filter
• Bard G2 Express filter

If you or a loved one has been implanted with an IVC filter and experienced problems, you may have a case.

Please fill out a contact form or call the Branch Law Firm if you or someone you love has suffered complications after being implanted with an IVC filter. We have experienced lawyers and knowledgeable support staff that can help you.

September 20, 2011

New Mexico Man Killed In Colorado/New Mexico Border Truck Accident

News reports indicate that a New Mexico man was killed in an 18-wheeler crash near the border of Colorado/New Mexico. According to reports, Ruben Gomez was travelling northbound on U.S. 550, just past the New Mexico-Colorado state line when his tanker truck veered off the road. Gomez attempted to correct and steer the big-rig back onto the road when his truck began to roll. The fuel tank ripped off the truck during the roll, spilling about 4,000 gallons of gasoline. Gomez was pronounced dead at the scene.

Trucking collisions are some of the most deadly motor vehicle accidents. Due to the sheer size of an 18-wheeler, when a big rig truck accident occurs serious injuries and fatalities are often the result.

Many potential causes for truck accidents exist including driver error, negligent roadway design, and defective truck parts. In some cases, the trucking company who hires a driver may even be at fault where they demand unreasonable hours, excessive loads or employ other negligent or reckless work requirements. An experienced New Mexico truck accident law firm can investigate a truck accident and determine what factors may have played a role in causing serious personal injury or wrongful death. Where a party's negligence causes harm, it may be possible to recover compensation for your injuries, or to provide damages to the survivors in a wrongful death action.

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November 8, 2010

New Mexico Trucking Accidents And Fatigue - A Dangerous Combination

Transportation safety - on roadways and highways in New Mexico and throughout the country is a concern to most Americans. When truck collisions occur, the results often include serious injuries and fatalities, many times the fault of a negligent truck driver or the company that hires them, with drivers forced to work excessive hours with little rest in order to make strict deadlines, and increase profits.

A recent study released examined the impact of fatigue on all transportation accidents, including truck collisions and revealed some startling statistics. The report concluded, "It's impossible to say how many accidents are caused by operators who are just too tired to do their jobs ... fatigue is frequently cited by investigators as a factor in accidents in the air, on the water and on railways and highways."

Although the National Transportation Safety Board ("NTSB") does not track fatigue-related highway accidents on a regular basis, investigators studying the effect of drug and alcohol on trucking accident determined that fatigue was a bigger problem than drug or alcohol impairment, with 30 to 40 percent of all accidents fatigue related. Further, because drivers and paid by the mile, attractive financial incentives exist to "drive as far and as fast as you can." Recent efforts in New Mexico and throughout the country have been stepped up targeting commercial drivers - and their employers to pay attention to this dangerous - often fatal issue.

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