An inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is a medical device that is implanted in the body to catch blood clots before they migrate to the lungs. These clots can cause a pulmonary embolism or stroke when they break off and travel through the bloodstream, typically from the veins in the legs. The IVC filter is a wire device inserted into the vein that is supposed to catch clots temporarily, while allowing blood to flow through. When these temporary IVC filters are not removed after the risk for blood clots has ended, they can get blocked, migrate, and even fracture inside the body, causing perforations and tears in organs and arteries. In some instances
After receiving over 900 adverse event reports about IVC filters manufactured by C.R. Bard and Cook medical companies, the FDA issued an initial safety commission warning the public that temporary, retrievable IVC filters could pose a health risk when not removed promptly after the risk of blood clots had subsided.
The FDA then issued a further warning of the risks of these devices if left in the body too long, and recommended retrieving IVC filters within 29 to 54 days of implantation, as long as a patient was no longer at risk for a pulmonary embolism.
A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that retrievable IVC filters manufactured by C.R. Bard had a high rate of fractures and incidents of fragmenting, especially when left in the body for longer periods of time. Patients who have suffered serious side effects including heart attacks, organ damage, and vein perforation requiring additional surgeries have filed suit against the IVC filter manufacturers, alleging dangerous and defective design. The Recovery IVC Filter and G2 IVC Filter System have both been cited in Plaintiff's lawsuits filed across the country. Neither filter has yet been recalled by the manufacturer.
If you or a loved one have been injured by an IVC filter, time is of the essence. You may need to have the device removed if it was implanted for temporary usage. You may also be eligible for compensation for your injuries from the IVC filter manufacturer.
Contact us today by filling out the IVC form, and one of our qualified attorneys will review your case, free of charge. Our IVC filter attorneys can discuss the details of your case with you in a clear and concise manner, as well as your legal options going forward.