Pulmonary embolism (PE) occurs when a blood clot travels into the lungs and block one of its arteries. During a PE, a person may suffer from difficulty breathing, coughing, and extreme chest pain. Because pulmonary embolisms may cause sudden death, this condition is considered a medical emergency.
One of the leading causes of pulmonary embolism is deep vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT occurs when a blood clot is formed in one of the deep veins in the body, usually in the legs. A portion of the clot may dislodge and travel into the lungs, causing PE. Persons who have just undergone a major surgery or have experienced a fracture or trauma in the leg or hip are also more prone to PE. Genetic predisposition, a family history of PE, inactive lifestyle, and obesity are also major risk factors for this disease.
Unfortunately, some cases of PE have been associated with the use of Bard G2 IVC Filter, a medical device implanted in the inferior vena cava to filter out blood clots to prevent them from entering the lungs. To learn more about taking legal action after being harmed by a defective Bard G2 IVC Filter, seek the legal experience and knowledge of our team at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling (414) 271-0900 today.