Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters are supposed to protect patients from the danger of pulmonary embolism. But a growing body of research has begun to question whether or not the benefits of IVC filters outweigh their risks. These studies suggest that retrievable IVC filters pose a danger of fracture and migration, which can cause patients to experience life-threatening injuries and complications.
Bernstein Liebhard LLP is evaluating potential legal cases on behalf of individuals who may have been harmed by a retrievable IVC filter. If you suffered a complication that could be related to the malfunction of one of these blood clot filters, please call (888) 994-5118 to learn more about your available legal options.
Retrievable IVC filter are small, wire-like devices that are implanted into the inferior vena cava, the large blood vessel that carries blood from the lower body to the heart. These filters are intended to prevent a pulmonary embolism, which forms when a blood clot breaks away from the veins in the legs and travels to the lungs. The IVC filter catches the clot before it can become a pulmonary embolism. IVC filters are indicated for patients who are unable to use standard blood thinners. Retrievable devices are intended to be removed once the patient is no longer in danger of experiencing a pulmonary embolism.
In 2010, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) disclosed that IVC filters had been implicated in more than 920 adverse event reports since 2005, some of which led to serious patient complications. The adverse events reported to the FDA included:
In its initial alert, the agency noted that the incidents may have been related to a retrievable filter remaining in the body long after the risk of pulmonary embolism had subsided. Just four years later, the FDA issued a second alert regarding the importance of retrieving IVC filters.
In recent years, a number of studies have examined IVC filter dangers, raising questions about the risks and benefits associated with the devices.
Complications that may be associated with retrievable IVC filters include:
Patients who allegedly suffered serious injuries due to a retrievable IVC filter may be entitled to compensation from the device’s manufacturer. To arrange for a free lawsuit review, please contact Bernstein Liebhard LLP by calling (888) 994-5118.
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