Injured From an IVC Filter? We are here to help you.
What is an IVC Filter & Who is it for?
The IVC filter is a spider-like blood clot wire device inserted into the (IVC) inferior vena cava, a major vein that carries blood from the lower body into the heart. Some individuals who are at risk of a pulmonary embolism take anticoagulant (blood clot prevention) medication that enters the bloodstream and helps to break down blood clots.
However, some of these individuals for other medical reasons cannot take anticoagulant mediation, so an IVC Filter is a device, which can be used instead.
An IVC filter is for people with higher risk of pulmonary embolism, which is where the blood clots can enter the heart or brain and block arteries in the lungs. An IVC Filter is supposed to prevent blood clots from entering the heart, lungs or brain by catching the clots in the bloodstream and allowing them to break down over time.
The following are some of the brands recalled and/or removed from the market:
- The Bard Recovery filter
- The Bard G2 filter
- The Bard G2 Express filter
- The Cook Gunther Tulip filter; and the Cook Celect filter.
- Bard Eclipse, Bard Merdian, and Bard Denali
IVC Manufacturers Failure to Warn Patients
IVC Filters come with significant risks – risks that may even outweigh the benefits. IVC manufacturers failed to warn patients and medical personnel about serious risks, including filters breaking causing shattered metal fragments to pass through the bloodstream and potentially damage organs. Some manufacturers not only failed to warn patients, but have gone so far as to actively seek to cover up these serious side effects. C.R. Bard took extreme measures to cover up the negative results of its own study on the company’s IVC filters, including forging an employee’s signature on its product application to receive FDA approval. This disturbing behavior is particularly culpable where the consequences can be very severe.
Breakage of the IVC filter can move to the heart or lungs resulting in severe complications such as:
- Chest pain
- Heart Rhythm Problems
- Neck Pain
- Shortness of Breath
- Hemorrhaging or Internal Bleeding
In the most severe of cases, the defective IVC Filter can cause:
- Hemorrhaging (severe bleeding)
- Pulmonary Embolism
- And even death
Ironically, though the purpose of an IVC Filter is to prevent clotting, patients have reported blood clots developing at the place of insertion of the device. Over 30 deaths and in excess of 30 injuries have been reported from the Recovery IVC Filter alone.
In conclusion, the IVC filter products are known to break apart (fracture), move, puncture, and result in significant retrieval complications. Perforation (puncturing) of important organs (such as the heart and lungs) is frequent in cases where an IVC filter has broken, fractured, and/or migrated (moved). Retrieval of these filters is often unsuccessful, requiring multiple surgeries.
We understand the seriousness and sensitivity of these issues and the toll it can take on a person’s life, including the loss of a loved one. We take pride in seeking justice for our clients.
At Bachus & Schanker, LLC, Our Passion is Justice. Our firm was founded on the belief that personal injury victims deserve the same level and quality of legal representation afforded by the wealthy corporations on the other side of their claims. We protect the rights of innocent people injured by defective products
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