Defective Medical Devices & Dangerous Drugs
IVC Filter Lawsuits
Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are small devices that are implanted in the inferior vena cava, the largest vein in the body. The inferior vena cava moves blood from the legs and lower body to the heart and then to the lungs. They are designed to prevent potentially fatal lung blood clots. IVC filters can be permanent or temporary, and are commonly used to help patients who are at risk for developing blood clots, but who are not candidates for blood thinner medication. Unfortunately, IVC filters can migrate away from their intended position in the body causing severe or fatal injuries.
If you or a loved one has experienced severe health complications as a result of an implanted IVC filter, contact Cooper Law Partners immediately for a free case review. You may be entitled to file a claim to recover compensation for your injuries.
IVC filters are small cage-like devices that are surgically implanted in the inferior vena cava to intercept blood clots from entering the lungs and causing a pulmonary embolism. A pulmonary embolism is a blockage of an artery that carries blood from the heart to the lungs. IVC filters are designed to block clots, but can sometimes move in the body and cause serious, or even fatal, damage. They are commonly used to help prevent clots when people are recovering from an accident or surgery.
IVC filters can be implanted permanently or temporarily, but is important to note that removing IVC filters them can be difficult and is not always successful. In any event, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends retrieving IVC filters as soon as protection from a blood clot is no longer needed.
Two IVC filter manufacturers, Bard Peripheral Vascular and Cook Medical make up the majority of the market. Specifically, those manufacturers produce the following IVC filter products:
- Bard Recovery
- Bard G2
- Bard G2 Express (G2X)
- Bard Eclipse
- Bard Meridian
- Bard Denali
- Cook Celect
- Cook Tulip
Both manufacturers, Bard and Cook, have become the target of thousands of IVC filter related lawsuits. If you have been injured by an IVC filter manufactured by Bard or Cook it is especially important to contact us immediately.
IVC Filter Risks
Most IVC filters are designed to be removed once the threat dangerous blood clots subsided. Unfortunately, many physicians have allowed the filters to remain in place. IVC filters can be very dangerous if not removed. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the risks associated with IVC filters increase the longer they remain in place. The most serious risks associated with IVC filters include:
- Device migration
- Device failure
These problems are not uncommon. In 2010, the FDA issued an alert about the risks of IVC filters. The report indicated that the agency had received over 900 adverse event reports associated with the IVC filters. The most common reports were:
- 328 reports noted that the IVC filter dislodged and migrated in the body (Migration)
- 146 reports showed that the IVC filter broke apart (Device Failure)
- 70 reports indicated the filter perforated veins or organs (Perforation)
- 56 reports showed that the filter fractured. (Fracture)
Ultimately, the FDA concluded that IVC filters should be removed after the danger of the blood clot has passed to decrease the risk of these adverse events. The dangers of IVC filters come into even sharper focus when you consider that the Journal of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Research and Seminars in Interventional Radiology report that blood clots in the legs occur in up to 30 percent of IVC filter patients and that perforation of the inferior vena cava occurs in 40 to 95 percent of IVC filter patients.
Other serious complications associated with IVC filters listed by the FDA include:
- IVC thrombosis
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Access site thrombosis
- Localized hematoma
- Filter penetration
- Clots bypassing the IVC filter
- Caval migration
- Arterial hemorrhage
- Small bowel perforation
- Perforated duodenum
- IVC filter created blood clots
- Sudden death
If you’ve been injured as a result of an IVC filter, the IVC filter lawyers at Cooper Law Partners can help. Contact us for a free case review.
How the IVC Filter Lawyers at Cooper Law Partners Can Help
The dangers of IVC filters cannot be ignored. Over 5,000 IVC filter lawsuits have been filed against manufacturers Bard and Cook alone. If you are suffering from complications related to your IVC filter, contact Cooper Law Partners immediately for a free case review. We offer our services on a contingency basis. That means we don’t collect any money until we win your case through settlement or a victory at trial. We won’t rest until you receive maximum compensation for your injuries.