IVC Filter Complications
Inferior Vena Cava filters, or IVC filters, have allegedly caused numerous complications in patients since widespread use of these devices began.
IVC filters are used to help catch blood clots before they cause wreck havoc by causing a heart attack or other serious complication. Many times, these devices are implanted in patients who are unable to take blood thinning medication.
The United States Food and Drug Administration has issued communications regarding IVC filters and potential complications. In 2010, they first warned that these devices may run the risk of component fracture, device migration, and organ perforation.
They advised health professionals to remove these devices immediately after the risk of blood clotting had subsided. Four years later, in 2014, they revised their statements, claiming that if implanted, IVC filters should be removed between the 29th and 54th day after implantation. However, lawsuits had already been filed, and they continue to be filed for patients who have suffered complications from these devices.
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 perforation, fracture and migration, 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
IVC Filters & Vena Cava Perforation
The Inferior Vena Cava is one of the large veins in the heart that carries deoxygenated blood from the body into the right atrium of the heart.
It is an incredibly important vein that is responsible for carrying blood from the lower half of the body to the heart. This is the location that IVC filters are placed in order to catch blood from clotting and prevent complications such as a pulmonary embolism. However, there have been reports that the IVC filters can cause perforation in the inferior vena cava after it has been implanted.
Depending on the type of perforation, this can be extremely dangerous and life-threatening. In many cases of vena cava perforation, surgery may be required to remove the filter and repair the damaged areas.
IVC Filters & Filter Fracture
Filter fracture is also a major concern that has been linked to these devices. If an IVC filter fractures while implanted in a patient, it can cause life-threatening complications. Often, surgery is required to remove the broken filter and repair any damage it has caused. The FDA first reported the risk of fracture in their 2010 safety communication, after receiving hundreds of complaints about the filters dating back to 2005.
IVC Filters & Filter Migration
Filter migration is another growing concern linked to the IVC filters. Although rare, IVC filters have migrated from their intended location in some patients. Consequences of filter migration can by severe and life-threatening. When the filter moves, it can increase the risk of organ perforation. Additionally, when the IVC filter moves, it is no longer able to sufficiently stop blood clots from reaching the heart, which can lead to a pulmonary embolism if not detected in time.
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?
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- Submit the Free Case Review Box on this page, or
- Call (866) 280-3417 any time of day to tell us about your case.
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WARNING: There are strict time deadlines for filing IVC filter lawsuit claims.