If IVC filter complications have caused you to suffer harm, we urge you to reach out to Van Law Firm to discuss your case. IVC filters were designed to save lives. Instead, countless people are suffering debilitating injuries caused by filter breakage, device migration, infection, and internal perforation. In many cases, these complications are lethal. When medical devices fail and patients suffer, we make sure manufacturers pay for their mistakes.
Also referred to as a blood clot filter, an IVC filter is a spider-like device that surgeons implant into the inferior vena cava to prevent blood clots from reaching the heart or lungs. IVC filters are routinely placed in patients who have recently undergone hip and knee replacement surgery, trauma, or bariatric surgery or are otherwise unable to tolerate anticoagulant medications to prevent life-threatening pulmonary embolism. Unfortunately, these filters have been known to cause serious infections, perforate the vena cava, lungs, and other vital organs, and cause strokes or death. In many cases, retrieval of IVC filters is problematic and requires multiple surgeries.
Call the Van Law Firm for a free case evaluation at 702-529-1011 to see if you may be able to recover compensation.
According to NBC, about 250,000 Americans receive IVC filter implants every year. These devices are manufactured and distributed under a variety of brand names. Many device manufacturers are currently facing scrutiny.
Many manufacturers have marketed their IVC filters as permanent solutions for patients who are at risk for blood clot complications. However, long term use has resulted in alarmingly high rates of filter complications. The FDA issued a safety advisory that these IVC filters should be removed within 29 to 54 days after placement. Recent studies indicate that less than 25% of retrievable filters are removed within one year. As a result, thousands of IVC filter complications have been reported to the FDA and the number of instances continues to increase.
Lawsuits against IVC filter manufacturers include a wide variety of allegations. Plaintiffs allege that the filters are defectively designed and prone to fracturing and migrating, causing serious harm to patients. Furthermore, the lawsuits allege that the manufacturers knew about these risks and failed to warn patients and doctors. Manufacturers also allegedly failed to warn about the possible adverse consequences of long-term use.
Additionally, Bard®, the largest manufacturer of IVC filters, is accused of violating eight federal laws concerning the devices they make. According to NBC News, Kay Fuller, the in-house regulatory specialist that was said to have signed the FDA application for approval to market the devices, has stated that the application was forged. She has asserted that she did not sign the application due to her own concerns about the safety of the IVC filters. This means Bard may have marketed their devices illegally.
Even if you have not yet suffered complications related to your IVC filter, you may be able to recover damages. You could have an injury that is undiagnosed or you may need to have your IVC filter removed. As a result of the manufacturer’s negligence, you will likely suffer financial losses like expenses for medical exams and treatment, future surgeries, and lost time from work. You may also be able to recover compensation for undue stress and punitive damages.