IVC Filter Lawsuits on the Rise
What Is an IVC Filter?
The IVC filter is a medical device designed to prevent pulmonary embolism, a dangerous and potentially fatal condition. Essentially, it is a small, metal, spider-like device implanted in the inferior vena cava – the largest blood vessel in the body – where it captures and stops blood clots from blocking the pulmonary artery.
Who Typically Receives IVC Filters?
Patients who receive IVC filters most commonly have an elevated risk of blood clots but cannot take blood thinners due to being susceptible to uncontrolled bleeding.
Here are some cases in which the patient may receive an IVC filter:
- Car accidents
- Gunshot or stabbing injuries
- Dialysis treatment
- Spinal cord injury
- Cancer treatment
- Serious fall injuries
Why Are IVC Filters Dangerous?
There are two types of IVC filters: permanent and retrievable.
Permanent filters are known to be reliable, with little to no risk of disintegration, breakaway, or migration. Retrievable filters, on the other hand, have less structural integrity and tend to degrade over time from the movements of the inferior vena cava. Serious complications can occur when a retrievable filter breaks apart and migrates to another area of the body. Sometimes, this can even result in death.
What Are the Common IVC Filter Side Effects?
- Fracture or migration of the IVC filter
- Perforation of vital organ tissue
- Cardiac tamponade
- Ventricular tachycardia
- Persistent chest pain or shortness of breath
Which IVC Filters Are the Worst?
While all retrievable IVC filters are potentially dangerous and should be removed by a qualified medical professional as soon as possible, these are the seven IVC filters that have been most commonly named in lawsuits:
- Cook Celect Filter
- Cook Gunther Tulip Filter
- Bard Recovery Filter
- Bard G2 Filter
- Bard G2 Express Filter
- Cordis TrapEase
- Cordis OptEase
I’ve Suffered Injuries Due to My IVC Filter. What Should I Do?
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries due to an IVC filter, you may be entitled to compensation in medical bills, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and more. Depending on the extent of your damages, your potential compensation amount may number in the hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars!
To learn more about your legal rights and best options for recovery, contact the nationwide mass torts lawyers at Wilshire Law Firm. We provide FREE, no-obligation consultations, so there is no reason for hesitation. Call us today at (800) 522-7274 and get the help you need to secure a better future.