Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filters are small, metal medical devices that are implanted into the human body to prevent blood clots and strokes in patients. These are commonly used after surgical procedures or for patients who are unable to take blood thinners.
IVC Filters are designed to prevent problems rather than create them. However, many patients have experienced dangerous complications and severe problems after an IVC Filter implant.
If you or someone you know have been in a similar situation, then you may be entitled to a settlement. Find out your legal options by speaking with an IVC Filter injury lawyer.
The “Break down” of IVC Filters
IVC Filter models, such as the Bard Recovery Filter, the Bard G2 Filter, and the Bard G2 Express Filters have been in use since 1979. However, through the years, there have been numerous reports and studies that have shown that IVC Filters have disintegrated, breaking into smaller fragments. When this happens, the small, metal fragments can migrate through the bloodstream to the brain, heart, and lungs, causing life-threatening injuries, severe complications, and even death.
In August of 2010, the FDA issued a safety warning regarding IVC Filters. The FDA received over 900 reports on the complications and malfunctions regarding IVC Filters over a ten-year period. Between 2005 and 2010, reports of complications and events included the following:
- Device migration
- Filter perforation
- Filter fracture
- Detached device components (called device embolization)
Then, on July 13, 2015, the FDA warned Bard, the manufacturer of the Bard Recovery Filter, that it had been illegally marketing the devices used to retrieve its IVC Filters since 2003. Bard never sought approval from the FDA to implant these devices in humans. As a result, Bard had been subjecting patients to this device without their consent. In July 2015, the FDA required that Bard immediately stop marketing and distribution of the Recovery IVC Filters.
What Are the Risk and Complications?
As we mentioned above, the IVC Filters, particularly the retrievable Filters, have been known to break down and disintegrate over time. This happens because these Filters are not designed to remain in the human body over a long period of time. The metal fragments have been known to carry throughout the bloodstream, tearing or perforating veins, working their way into the brain and even into the heart, severely damaging internal organs. There have also been reports of blood clots where the device has been implanted—the exact problem the IVC Filter is designed to prevent.
- Chest Pain
- Shortness of breath
- Heart beat irregularities and problems
- Neck Pain
In more severe, life-threatening cases, some symptoms and complications include:
- Cardiac problems
- Hemorrhaging (severe bleeding)
- Blockage of major blood vessels (arteries)
- Blood clots
In some cases, patients have needed additional surgeries, treatments, and procedures in order to remove the Filter or to correct some of the damage caused by the IVC Filter.
Where to Turn for Legal Help – IVC Filter Injury Attorneys
While there haven’t been any large class action suits against IVC Filter manufacturers, that doesn’t mean you don’t have legal options. If you have experienced any conditions or complications from having an IVC Filter implant or worse, or if you had a loved one pass away due to complications or other serious adverse effects, then you have legal options.
The IVC Filter injury attorneys can review your case and potentially seek a proper settlement from the IVC Filter manufacturer, marketer, healthcare provider, or physician. While we understand that no amount of money can take back the pain and suffering you and your family have experienced, a proper settlement can at least help you and your family recoup financial and other physical damages from medical bills and expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
To learn more about how the team of IVC Filter injury attorneys can help you, don’t wait. Call Fetterman & Associates, PA today. We will take the time to discuss your case, research your medical history—including when the IVC Filter was implanted and where the procedure was performed—and work to prepare a solid case.
Contact an IVC Filter Injury Attorney Today
Call Fetterman & Associates, PA today for a free consultation at (561) 845-2510 to find out how we can help you get the compensation and settlement you and your family deserve.