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Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filters Can Inflict Serious Injuries

November 25, 2015

Inferior vena cava filters (IVC) are implanted into thousands of patients each year, but these devices have been linked to serious side effects. Although the injuries are avoidable with timely removal of the device, patients were never warned of the dangerous complications that could result if the device is left in. As time goes on, many patients forget they had the device implanted and their first reminder is when they unfortunately suffer a serious complication due to the device.

What is an Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filter?

IVC filters are implanted into patients after surgery when patients cannot take an anticoagulant or blood thinner. IVCs were designed to be temporary and should be removed once the danger of a pulmonary embolism no longer exists. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety notice in 2014 stating that the use of IVC filters should be short term only and they should be removed from 29 to 54 days after the implantation.

While these devices are intended to trap blood clots that can travel from the leg to the lungs and cause a pulmonary embolism, the devices have also be linked to hundreds of adverse events. IVC filters have been reported to puncture the vena cava, migrate or tilt out of position, break apart, and cause metal fragments to travel to the heart or lungs, a condition known as embolization.

Lawsuits Have Been Filed Against the Makers of IVC Filters

Problems with these devices have lead to several lawsuits filed against the two primary manufacturers of IVC filters. The two major manufacturers are Cook Medical and C.R. Bard. The complaints all contain similar allegations—that the IVC filter devices are unreasonably dangerous in design.

FDA Warnings

In 2010, the FDA issued a warning as to the risk of injury associated with IVC filters. The report warned that hundreds of adverse events were reported that involved the filter devices breaking apart and traveling to other areas of the body, causing perforation and other complications.

Lawsuits Continue

The lawsuits against the makers of these devices are ongoing. Cases lodged against the two main manufacturers have been consolidated into multi-district litigation and other actions are still emerging. Trial dates are anticipated to begin in 2016, though some small groups of cases will be heard even sooner.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to an IVC filter, contact a defective medical device attorney as soon as possible to protect your legal rights.

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Category: Personal Injury

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