IVC Filters Linked to Fatal Injuries

by Staff Blogger | April 19th, 2016

When inferior vena cava (IVC) filters first came on the market, they were considered an important tool in combating serious heart conditions, such as pulmonary embolisms. The device is implanted inside the arteries to catch fragments of blood clots in the legs and pelvis, stopping them before they can reach the heart where clots can do real damage. However promising these devices initially were, they have come under increased scrutiny in recent years due to a risk of fracture or outright failure.

When IVC filters fail, the remains of the device and the materials they filtered can rush to the heart or lungs, causing serious injuries or death. In addition, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned of long-term health complications linked to the prolonged use of IVC filters, including Lower Limb Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)—the collection of blood clots in the legs, causing swelling and severe pain. Due to the severity of these risks, the FDA recommends that doctors consider removing these devices from patients.

If you or someone you love suffered health complications from a IVC filter implant, call our experienced IVC injury lawyers today for a free evaluation of your claim. The manufacturer of these defective medical devices may be liable for your injuries. Call now to learn how your injuries may entitle you to significant compensation.