IVC Filter Fracture Lawsuits
Interior Vena Cava Filters are small devices that are inserted into a patients vena cava artery by a medical professional to prevent pulmonary embolisms by catching blood clots.
The devices are most commonly found in those who are unable to take blood thinning medication or are experiencing a risk of pulmonary embolism so severe that an immediate solution is required.
While IVC filters are exceptional at catching blood clots when working properly, there have been numerous reports of the devices failing in function and/or causing major health complications.
With over two million consumers receiving an IVC implant in the last decade, the potential for thousands of individuals to experience a device failure and subsequent health risk is exceptionally high.
Exact figures regarding the magnitude of IVC filter fractures is still unknown, but estimates from various medical sources suggest that fractures are an extremely common occurrence in implant consumers. As more information regarding IVC filter fractures are released, it is expected that more consumers will realize they were negatively effected by the device.
What are the Criteria for Filing an IVC Filter Lawsuit?
Retrievable IVC filters are wire devices implanted in the vena cava, the body’s largest vein, to stop blood clots from reaching the heart and lungs. These devices are used when blood thinners are not an option.
Manufacturers include Bard, Cook and Johnson & Johnson.
While permanent IVC filters have been used since the 1960s with almost no reports of failure, retrievable IVC filters were introduced in 2003, promoted for use in bariatric surgery, trauma surgery and orthopedic surgery.
Risks associated with the retrievable IVC filters include migration, fracture and perforation, leading to embolism, organ damage and wrongful death.
Any patient who received a Bard or Cook IVC filter implant and matches any of the following criteria is eligible to file an IVC filter lawsuit:
- IVC filter fractured or failed
- Removal or replacement of the filter was required because of the danger of fracture/failure
- IVC filter migrated or became dislodged from its original placement point
- A physician recommended removal but the filter could not be removed due to risk of further injury
Are There FDA IVC Filter Fracture Warnings?
As reports of IVC filter fractures were fielded in increasing number by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, it was determined that action must be done to protect the health of the hundreds of thousands of consumers implanted with an IVC device each year.
To satisfy this need, the FDA issued a safety communication in 2010 recommending that all IVC devices be promptly removed “as soon as protection from PE is no longer needed.” Additionally, the communication asked physicians to put more consideration into the risks and benefits of sustained IVC use compared to implant removal.
This communication was the predominant industry warning for nearly four years until reports indicating a far greater health risk than assumed were submitted in large numbers to the FDA.
In response to those reports, the FDA issued a safety communication in 2014 to update their previous 2010 IVC filter communication. While the communication was explicit in stating that “there [were] no new safety concerns related to this update,” the increased frequency of the previously identified concerns required greater safety precautions.
This communication took the recommendation of device removal once the risk of PE subsided a step farther by stating the device removal should occur “between 29 and 54 days after implantation.” The communication also detailed the FDA’s continued efforts to collect additional clinical data regarding IVC filters to increase their ability to address safety concerns and risks associated with the device.
Are There IVC Filter Fracture Studies?
With IVC filters affecting thousands of consumer each year, several medical research teams have undergone extensive studies to determine the cause, prevalence, and risk associated with IVC filters.
One of the most popular studies used in IVC filter analysis was published in JAMA Internal Medicine by team of medical professionals. The study aimed to understand the prevalence of fracture for Bard-specific IVC filters. However, due to similarity in design and FDA reports, Bard IVC data can be used as a likely indicator for how Cook IVC filters will react in the body.
The study examined the process of 80 patients who were implanted with an IVC filter to determine the rate in which a filter fracture occurred. After examination, it was discovered that at least thirteen of the patients had at least one strut fracture with those using first generation Bard filters suffering a fracture rate of one in four (25%).
While the study only offers a small sample size for IVC filter fractures, it points to a greater problem reported by consumers indicating that filters frequently fracture due either faulty design or faulty implantation.
What Can An IVC Filter Fracture Cause?
When an IVC filter fracture occurs, a variety of health complications can occur and potentially develop into life-threatening conditions. One of the most common health complications reported after a filter fracture occurs is the perforation of the vena cava.
This perforation is caused by the fractured piece of the filter tilting or migrating in such a way that the artery wall is penetrated. Because of the vena cava’s status as the primary vein responsible for the flow of blood from the heart to the lower body, any degree of perforation of the vein can cause life-threatening internal bleeding.
Additionally, the perforation of nearby organs can also occur after the vena cava has been perforated or if the fractured piece has migrated far away from the original site of implant. At times a fracture can even serve as the reason for the development of an internal infection.
Can I File An IVC Filter Lawsuit?
Our dangerous device attorneys can help if you or someone you care about was harmed by an IVC filter. Lawsuits have been filed against the device makers by both patients and their families seeking compensation for injuries caused. You may be entitled to a settlement.
We do not charge any legal fees unless you receive a settlement and we pay all of the case costs. If your claim is not successful for any reason, you do not owe us anything. We put it all in writing for you. Our lawyers will help you file your lawsuit.
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How Do I Start An IVC Filter Claim?
Our IVC filter lawyers will help you file your lawsuit. To get started, you can:
- Submit the Free Case Review Box on this page, or
- Call (866) 280-3417 any time of day to tell us about your case.
We will listen to your story and answer your questions. If you have claim, we will start immediately.
WARNING: There are strict time deadlines for filing IVC filter lawsuit claims.