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Injured by an IVC filter?

You may have grounds for an IVC filter lawsuit.

IVC Filters were designed to prevent dangerous blood clots from moving into the lungs, but the devices themselves are proving to be dangerous. Faulty filters are being blamed for punctured veins, torn organs, internal bleeding, severe pain and even death.

IVC Filter complications have severely impacted the lives of thousands of people across the country. 

You have the right to safe medical treatment and, when a defective and dangerous device jeopardizes your life and livelihood, you have the right to seek justice. If you or a loved one has suffered internal injuries or life-threatening complications from an IVC Filter, you may be eligible to pursue civil litigation against IVC Filter manufacturers.

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The IVC Filter

An IVC Filter, also known as a vena cava filter, is a small, wire device that resembles an octopus with metal tentacles. The device is set against the walls the inferior vena cava, a large vein that carries blood from the lower half of the body to the heart. IVC Filters are designed to catch blood clots and prevent them from traveling to the lungs, where they could cause a life-threatening pulmonary embolism.

Most devices are intended to be retrievable, but in many cases, they are not being removed after the threat of a pulmonary embolism has passed. The longer they remain inside the body, the greater the chance for problems.

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IVC Filter Complaints

Device fracture
Device migration
Device tilting
Inability to remove IVC Filter
Emergency surgery
Severe pain

IVC Filters are supposed to prevent health problems; instead they are causing them.

The devices are designed to prevent blood clots from traveling to the lungs and causing a pulmonary embolism ― but in some cases, they are causing the very condition they were designed to prevent. The octopus-looking devices, which have metal arms or “struts” to catch blood clots, are prone to break, move out of place or just fail.

IVC Filter complications often occur when the device fractures or breaks inside the body, causing catastrophic injuries.

Most IVC Filters are not intended for permanent placement or long-term use. The problems and risks are just too great. The longer the device stays inside the body, the harder it is to remove and the greater the risk for IVC Filter complications, including device fractures, migrations, tilting and embolization.

Since 2005, the Federal Drug Administration has been inundated with complaints about this controversial device. In 2010, and again in 2014, the agency recommended IVC Filters be removed as soon as the patient no longer needs protection against a deadly blood clot.

Despite the warnings, the devices are still being manufactured and sold at a rapid pace ― and left for long periods, even indefinitely, inside patients. A 2013 research study published in the Journal of Medical Association, or JAMA, looked at IVC Filter failure and discovered that only 58 out of 679 retrievable IVC filters in its study had been removed from patients.

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FDA Review of IVC Filters

Over the years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned the public about the dangers associated with IVC Filters ― a device implanted in the inferior vena cava to capture blood clots and prevent a pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lung.) Although the device is designed to prevent a potential health crisis, it has done more harm than good in thousands of patients across the country. The most serious complaint is that the device moves or breaks, causing organ damage and other catastrophic injuries.

In 2010, the FDA initiated a safety alert and reported that it had received nearly a thousand complaints about IVC Filters. The government agency found complications often occurred when the device was left inside the body too long. The FDA recommended removing the retrievable device as soon it is no longer needed to prevent a pulmonary embolism.

In 2014, the FDA issued another safety alert and, this time, suggested retrievable IVC Filters be removed between 29 and 54 days after implantation if the patient’s risk for a pulmonary embolism has passed. It also announced that is collecting additional data, requiring manufacturers to participate in the PRESERVE (PREdicting the Safety and Effectiveness of InferiorR VEna Cava Filters) study or conduct post-market surveillance to help address IVC Filter Device safety concerns.

The following manufacturers and products are among the focus of investigations and IVC Filter lawsuits:

  • Bard Recovery Filter
  • Bard G2 Filter
  • Cook Gunther Tulip
  • Cook Celect
  • Greenfield

Reported IVC Filter Problems Include:

IVC Filter Fracture
A fracture is when a piece of the device ― usually one of its metal extremities ― breaks apart inside the body. The splinters or shards can find their way to the heart or lungs.

IVC Filter Migration
Migration occurs when a device moves from its intended position to another area of the body. Migration can cause a device to become ineffective, shift to a position where it is impossible to remove, or cause organ perforation.

IVC Filter Perforation
Perforation is a medical term used to describe the accidental penetration of an organ by a medical device.

IVC Filter Embolization
Embolization occurs when components of a medical device become detached and pieces travel in the blood stream. The pieces can lodge in the blood vessels, puncture internal organs or travel into the heart or brain, causing a heart attack or stroke.

IVC Tilting
Tilting occurs when a medical device shifts over time and becomes titled, restricting its ability to do its intended job.

Irremovable IVC Filter
If an IVC Filter embeds in the wall of the inferior vena cava or another organ, it can be difficult or impossible to remove.

Pulmonary Embolism
A blood clot in the lung that occurs when a clot in another part of the body moves through the blood stream and becomes lodged in the blood vessels of the lung.

Cardiac Tamponade
Pressure on the heart which occurs when blood or fluid buildup in the space between the sac that encases the heart and the heart muscle. This can lead to organ failure, shock or even death.

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You may be eligible to file an IVC Filter lawsuit if you have endured the following:

Ambulance transportation
Emergency surgery
Hospital stays
Medical treatment
Pain and suffering
Physical, emotional and financial hardship
Lost wages

Should you file an IVC filter lawsuit?

If you or a loved one has suffered complications or injuries from an IVC Filter, you probably have a lot of questions. Why was the IVC Filter recommended if it was potentially harmful? Can I make someone pay for my medical expenses and lost wages?

IVC filter lawsuits are being filed across the country.

In August 2010, the FDA issued its first safety communication about retrievable IVC Filters after receiving more than 900 complaints about the controversial devices. Since that time, victims across the country have been filing IVC Filter lawsuits against the makers of retrievable IVC filters, alleging defective design, faulty manufacturing, negligent misrepresentation, and failure to warn, among other things.

In many cases, the IVC Filters fractured or broke, sending pieces of the device to other areas of the victim’s body, penetrating organs or veins. If you are among the hundreds of people who have been injured by this dangerous device, the McDonald Law Firm wants to hear from you. Our firm is handling IVC Filter lawsuits on behalf of individuals who have endured pain and suffering from this medical device.

Find out if an IVC Filter lawsuit is right for you.

Our experienced legal team will evaluate your case and determine whether filing an IVC Filter lawsuit is the best route for recovery. All IVC Filter cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means there is no out-of-pocket expense or risk for you. We know how much you have been through already. If we don’t win your case, you don’t owe us a dime.

McDonald Law Firm is committed to collecting just compensation for those who have been harmed by an IVC Filter.

We have the knowledge, experience and passion to get you the compensation you may be owed. We can’t change the past, but we will work to make it right in the future. Call us at 877-803-2897 to speak with a member of our team.

We don’t get paid unless you win.

The last thing you need to worry about is how to pay for an attorney when you are juggling medical bills, time off work, etc. At McDonald Law firm, we’ll handle your IVC filter lawsuit on a contingency basis, which means there are never any out-of-pocket fees or expenses. We only get paid if we win compensation for you ― either through settlement or a trial.

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