An inferior vena cava filter (IVC filter) is a type of vascular filter that is implanted by interventional radiologists or vascular surgeons into the inferior vena cava to presumably prevent life-threatening pulmonary emboli (PEs). They are small cage-like medical devices that work by capturing blood clots which restricts them from accessing the lungs.
There have been instances where these IVC filters have fallen out of place and broken inside patients at whom metal parts then move through the body damaging the heart, lungs, and cause internal bleeding. There are also reports of IVC filters causing blood clots at the location at which it was inserted, the same clotting it was supposed to prevent. Recent claims involving these filters state that manufacturers have failed to warn physicians and their patients of these potential risks.
Lawsuits are currently underway to compensate victims of the following IVC filter complications:
- Perforated vessel wall
- Filter migration
- Pulmonary embolism
Common injuries that may help you detect whether you are having issues with your IVC filter include chest pain, confusion, arrhythmia, hypotension, lightheadedness, nausea, neck pain, shortness of breath, and/or hemorrhaging.
If untreated it can also result in a condition known as cardiac tamponade where fluid such as pus or blood leaks into the pericardium or tissue lining the surrounding heart muscle, causing pressure to interfere with ones heartbeat.
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If you or someone you know has received an IVC filter and has had difficulties recovering or needs legal advice on how to obtain deserved compensation, please contact our office today to schedule a free and confidential consultation. We represent the family members of individuals who have died from serious side effects of these treatments as well as anyone who has suffered in any way from its malfunction. Don’t hesitate, get the representation you deserve.