Have you been harmed by a retrievable IVC Filter?
Retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filters have been reported to cause serious injuries if left in the body too long. In May 2014, the FDA issued a statement that IVC filters should be removed within 29-54 days after implantation, as long as the patient’s risk of pulmonary embolism (PE) had subsided.
What are IVC filters?
IVC filters are small, cage-like devices that are inserted into the inferior vena cava (the main vessel returning blood from the lower half of the body to the heart) to capture blood clots and prevent them from reaching the lungs.
IVC filter injuries
When temporary blood clot filters are not removed, they can cause serious injuries, including:
- Perforation of the inferior vena cava, heart, or lungs
- Filter fracture
- Filter migration
- Severe chest pain
- Pulmonary Embolism
- Hemorrhagic pericardial effusion (excess fluid around the heart)
- Cardiac tamponade (compression of the heart caused by excess fluid around the heart)
- Lower-limb Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
- Filter embolization
If you or a loved one had a removable IVC filter implanted, you may be eligible for financial compensation, but time is limited. Call 1-800-ELK-OHIO or contact us online for a free case review.
Types of IVC filters
- Bard Recovery®
- Bard G2® or G2X®
- Bard Denali®
- Bard Eclipse®
- Bard Meridian®
- Cook Günther Tulip®
- Cook Celect®
- Other Retrievable IVC Filters
Defective IVC filters
In 2010, the FDA issued an advisory after receiving 921 device adverse event reports involving IVC filters. Among these reports were 328 incidents of device migration, 146 embolizations (detachment of device components), 70 perforations of the IVC, and 56 occurrences of filter fracture. For some patients, these events led to adverse clinical outcomes.
The FDA is concerned that retrievable IVC filters, intended for short-term placement, are not always removed once a patient’s risk for PE subsides. Known long-term risks associated with IVC filters include, but are not limited to, lower limb deep vein thrombosis (DVT), filter fracture, filter migration, filter embolization and IVC perforation.
Do I have an IVC filter case?
The medical device attorneys at Elk & Elk are investigating claims involving IVC filters from Bard®, Cook Medical® and other manufacturers. If you had any retrievable IVC filter implanted after 2002, call 1-800-ELK-OHIO today. You may be eligible for substantial compensation.