IVC Filter Vena Cava Perforation Lawsuits
Inferior Vena Cava filters, or IVC filters, are medical devices that are implanted into patients hearts in order to prevent blood clots from causing a pulmonary embolism. Unfortunately, these devices have been known to cause serious complications in come individuals.
The Inferior Vena Cava is an important vein located in the heart that carries blood to the lower parts of the body. The filter is installed in this location, and meant to catch and trap blood clots that could cause life-threatening problems. However, the IVC filter has been known to migrate and move from its intended location. This can cause tearing, or puncturing of the vena cava. This can be dangerous, and many times requires surgery to correct.
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
What Are FDA Warnings For IVC Filters?
The United States Food & Drug Administration released a safety communication in 2010 regarding IVC filters. In their statement, they recommended that the IVC filters be removed from the body as soon as the threat of blood clots is completely gone.
Four years later, the FDA released a new safety communication warning medical professionals and patients that the IVC filters must be removed from patients between the 29th and 54th day after implantation. It is believed that leaving the filter in for any longer poses a serious health risk to the patient.
Even with the FDA’s safety information, lawsuits are still being filed against the makers of these devices for failing to produce a safe and effective product. If you or a loved one have been injured or suffered complications after having an IVC filter installed, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit and seek compensation.
Are IVC Filter Vena Cava Perforations Dangerous?
A perforated vena cava is an extremely dangerous situation which can have life-threatening implications if not properly addressed. Because the vena cava is responsible for a majority of the lower body blood flow, a perforation can cause severe internal bleeding. Additionally, there have been reports of devices also perforating organs close to the original site of implantation.
If either of these areas are perforated by a stray filter, they may cease in function. Consumers who are subjected to this development should immediately seek medical treatment to reduce the ability of the condition to develop into something more serious.
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.