Inferior Vena Cava Filter Lawsuit

IVC surgery

What is an IVC Filter?

Inferior Vena Cava filters are medical devices used to filter blood blots so that they don’t reach the lungs. When clots enter the lungs, knows as a pulmonary embolism, they cause permanent damage to the lungs and potentially result in death.

Two manufacturers own 80 percent of the market share, they are Bard and Cook brand IVC filters.

IVC Filter Complications

There have been reports of the IVC blood clot filter falling out of place or breaking apart. Pieces of the device than can move through the blood and work their way through a vein wall and puncture an internal organ.

Reports of blood clots occurring at the location where the device was inserted and supposed to prevent have also surfaced.

Common IVC Injuries

  • Chest pain
  • Confusion
  • Heart rhythm problems
  • Hypotension
  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea
  • Neck pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Hemorrhaging or internal bleeding

Sever IVC Injuries

  • Death
  • Hemorrhage or sever bleeding
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Stroke

Which Devices are Included?

  • Cook Celect filter
  • Cook Günther Tulip filter
  • Bard Recovery filter
  • Bard G2 filter
  • Bard G2 Express filter
  • Boston Scientific Greenfield filter

The United States Food & Drug Administration Knowledge

Back in 2005 the Food & Drug Administration started receiving device adverse even reports. These included:

  • 328 involved device migration.
  • 146 involved embolizations (detachment of device components).
  • 70 involved perforation of the IVC.
  • 56 involved filter fracture.

In 2010 they released their first communication recommending that doctors and patients practice caution when using the devices. The communication advised that doctors remove the device once risk of pulmonary embolism was eliminated. In a 2014 statement, they went on to suggest that the IVC filter be removed between the 29th and 54th day after implantation. The second warning came too late, as lawsuits had already started to be filed.

IVC Filter Lawsuit

If you or a family member received an IVC filter and suffered complications, you may be eligible for compensation.

Factors that will effect settlements:

  • the extent and duration of injuries
  • effect the filter had on overall physical and metal health of patient
  • pain and suffering past and future
  • cost of medical expenses past and future
  • lost wages or loss of earning capacity
  • losses suffered by family members