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IVC Filters Lawsuits

IVC Filters Lawsuits

Legally Edited by: Ethan A. Flint Attorney & Flint Law Firm Partner

Last modified: FEBRUARY 12, 2021

On August 9, 2010, the FDA reported on adverse events involving IVC filters, including device migration, embolization (detachment of device components), perforations, fractures, and death.

The Dangers of IVC Filters

IVC filters are small, cage-like devices that are inserted into the inferior vena Cava ("IVC") to capture blood clots and prevent them from reaching the lungs. IVC filters are frequently placed in patients at risk for pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in the lungs) when anticoagulant therapy cannot be used or is ineffective.

In a five year span, the FDA received almost 1,000 adverse event reports. Of these reports:

  • 328 involved device migration
  • 146 involved detachment of device components
  • 70 involved perforation of the Inferior Vena Cava
  • 56 involved filter fracture.

Because of these adverse event reports, a safety alert was issued notifying doctors that there was significant risk to patients if an IVC filter was left implanted after a patient no longer needed it.

In addition, a study conducted by the New England Society for Vascular Surgery, found a 31% fracture rate in IVC filters and most of the splinters found their way to the right ventricle of patients' hearts.

IVC Filter Side Effects

Serious Complications from IVC Filters can include:

  • Occlusion (blockage/closing of a blood vessel or hollow organ)
  • Detached device components (called embolization)
  • Filter migration (movement)
  • Filter perforation, puncture or serious damage to the heart, lungs, or inferior vena Cava
  • Recurrent blood clots
  • Internal Bleeding/Hemorrhaging
  • Cardiac or Pericardial Tamponade
  • Ventricle Tachycardia
  • Lower Limb DVT
  • Hematoma or Nerve Injury at the Puncture Site
  • Constant and Severe Pain in the Chest
  • Respiratory Distress
  • Infection
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Other Serious Injury and Death

Suffering From an IVC Filter?

If you have an IVC filter, even if you've suffered no side effects, call now to see if you qualify for compensation.

The Flint Law Firm is committed to those who have been injured by an IVC Filter.

Our dedicated team of lawyers will help make your compensation process simple.

There are no upfront fees and no out of pocket expenses. Time to file a claim is limited so call us today for a FREE IVC Filter consultation.

Affected by IVC Filter Use?

As always feel free to contact our firm with questions or concerns regarding this update. We are available 24/7 to help. Call us Toll-Free (866) 438-6781 whether it is a potential IVC Filter claim, or any other legal matter.
Adrianne Andrus

Reviewed by:  Adrienne Andrus
Chief Editor of Flint law Firm LLC
Client Advocate & Product Liability Paralegal since 2015.
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication, SIU Edwardsville

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