IVC Filter Lawsuits
Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are medical devices implanted into patients who are at risk of suffering a sudden blockage of an artery in the lung or a pulmonary embolism (PE). The devices act as filters, catching fragments of blood clots that form in the legs or pelvis before they reach the heart or lungs where blockages can cause severe health complications.
IVC filters are under increased scrutiny due to risks of fracture or failure. Malfunctions may result in death or serious injuries requiring corrective surgeries.
If you or someone you love has received an IVC filter and suffered severe health complications or death, Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough wants to help you get compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact our IVC filter lawyers today—just dial (800) 210-8503 or complete a free initial consultation form.
Who Is At Risk?
IVC filters are implanted into patients who have a history or risk of developing blood clots in the legs or pelvis, including patients who are:
- diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis,
- recent trauma victims,
- recovering from surgery,
- suffering from a pulmonary embolism,
- or otherwise determined to be at risk for a PE.
What Are the Complications?
When IVC filters fail, the device or its pieces may migrate to a patient’s heart and lungs, resulting in serious injury or death. The devices also can shift within a patient’s body, eventually reaching areas in the body that aren’t reachable by surgery.
In some cases, IVC filters are implanted into patients on a short-term basis. These devices, called retrievable IVC filters, are intended to be removed as soon as the risk of a PE decreases.
IVC Filter FDA Safety Alert
In 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety alert suggesting a possible link between long-term use of retrievable filters with an increased risk of fracture or failure. Other long-term health risks of IVC filter use include:
- Filter Embolization
Filter embolization occurs when IVC filter components break off within the body.
- IVC Perforation
IVC perforation results when IVCs migrate from the areas where they were implanted and cause damage to internal organs.
- Lower Limb Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
Blood clots can form in the legs, sometimes causing pain and swelling. When these blood clots break loose, they can travel to the lungs causing PEs.
As a result of these risks, the FDA recommends that physicians consider removing patients’ retrievable IVC filters as soon as they are no longer at risk of developing PEs.
We Can Fight for You
Our IVC injury lawyers believe that making a difference in one person’s case can help prevent others from experiencing the same injuries in the future. And at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, you’ll never pay out of pocket costs unless we get money for you. So don’t wait to get the legal representation you deserve—contact our legal staff today.
This law firm is not associated with, sponsored by, or affiliated with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.