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IVC Filters Linked to Complications

| Mar 10, 2016 | Defective Medical Devices


Since the introduction of the retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filter, the device has been linked to a number of complications. These devices, intended to prevent potentially fatal blood clots, conversely have caused serious injury and even death in certain cases.

Warner Law Offices is working with medical professionals in filing lawsuits against manufacturers of the IVC filters, which have resulted in vein and organ perforation, migration and breakage, affecting people throughout the country.

An Example of What Can Happen

In the case of one recently affected individual, an IVC filter was placed because the patient was unable to take anticoagulants (blood thinners) in order to prevent blood clots from moving to the lungs. The IVC filter was surgically inserted into the patient’s inferior vena cava, the large vein in the abdomen that returns blood to the heart from the lower body.

Before the device could be removed, it was discovered the IVC filter fractured and migrated outside the vein wall toward the patient’s pancreas, with further risk of traveling to the heart.

921 Reports of Adverse Events

According to the U.S Food and Drug Administration, this patient experienced the same complications as many more individuals. In 2010, the FDA released a report titled “Removing Retrievable Inferior Vena Cava Filters: Initial Communication” in which it announced it received 921 reports of adverse events from 2005-10.

These events involved:

  • device migration;
  • detached device components (called device embolization);
  • filter perforation; and
  • filter fracture.

A majority of the adverse events (35 percent) involved device migration, when filters move away from their intended location. The FDA listed embolization as the second most frequently reported complication. Much of the medical community believes that this large number of adverse events is related to the device remaining in place for longer than necessary.

Work with Warner Law Offices to File a Claim

Former recipients of retrievable IVC filters are now filing legal claims against manufacturers of these medical devices. These lawsuits claim negligence, failure to warn, design defects, manufacturing defects, breach of implied warranty and negligent misrepresentation on the part of the companies and their subsidiaries. A number of lawsuits are still pending in federal and state courts.

If you’ve experienced complications as a result of an IVC filter, contact Warner Law Offices for a free consultation. Now’s the time. Call 866-344-4460.