An inferior vena cava filter or IVC filter is a small cone-shaped device that is typically implanted below the inflow of renal veins either through the right or left common femoral vein or right or left internal jugular vein. The filter is designed to capture an embolism, a blood clot that has broken loose from one of the deep veins in the legs on its way to the heart and lungs. Patients who have a history or risk of developing blood clots in the legs, including those diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis (DVT), may have received an IVC filter if they were unable to tolerate the use of blood thinning medications.
The FDA has issued several warnings to doctors alerting them to problems with retrievable IVC filters such as those manufactured by Cook and C.R. Bard. One of the most common complaints is a piece of the filter breaking off and migrating through the patient’s body. Others have reported:
- Device migration
- Embolization (movement of the entire filter or fracture fragments to the heart or lungs)
- Perforation of the IVC, or
- Difficulty removing the device.
With a lawsuit against the manufacturers of these filters, we may be able to obtain compensation for your pain and suffering and other damages. To learn more about a potential IVC Filter lawsuit, you should contact us immediately as the statutes of limitations restrict the time frame in which you may be able to pursue your claims.
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