IVC Filters can migrate away from an intended location, damage organs and stop preventing pulmonary embolisms (PE).
IVC Filters use metal wires to capture and trap blood clots before they can reach the lungs. When a blood clot reaches the lung, it is referred to as a pulmonary embolism (PE). PEs cause about 300,000 deaths ever year – the third most common cause of death in hospital patients.
However, these filters have associated risks as well.
Facts about IVC Filters
In 2010, the FDA announced a safety alert about retrievable filters. Thirty-five percent of patients experienced device migration, which contributed to other complications.
The most common retrievable filters prone to failure are:
- Bard’s Recovery
- Bard’s G2
- Bard’s G2 Express
- Cook’s Gunther Tulip
- Cook’s Celect
Additionally, a 2013 study of 679 retrievable IVC filters found that 18.3% of patients experienced failed removal attempts.
When manufacturers produce unsafe products that create pain and suffering, you deserve compensation. Although no amount of money will change the fact that you have suffered a serious injury as a result of manufacturer irresponsibility, compensation will help offset your current and future medical costs, as well as provide for the pain and suffering you have experienced. By filing, you may also help protect other people and their families from needless distress.
• Vein and Organ Perforation− When an IVC filter migrates away from the intended location, it can cause damage to veins and organs.
• Deep venous thrombosis (DVT) − a blood clot that forms in a vein, usually in the lower leg or thigh.
• Pulmonary embolism (PE) – a blood clot in a deep vein that travels through the bloodstream to the lungs, often causing death.
• Failed Removal − Many users experience failed removal attempts of the filter.
If you or someone you know has suffered from IVC filter migration, you may be eligible for compensation to ease the financial and emotional burdens you are experiencing. Contact us today to set up a free consultation, during which we will listen to your story, answer any questions you may have and discuss your legal rights and options. If you choose us to represent you, we will work with you on a contingency fee basis; this means you pay nothing until we have secured compensation for you, either through a jury verdict or settlement.