Retrievable IVC filters implanted in thousands of patients to reduce the risk of pulmonary embolism may be associated with high rates of filter migration. If an IVC filter or its components migrate, patients may experience perforation of the heart, embolization, and other life-threatening health consequences.
Patients who allegedly experienced complications related to IVC filter migration may be entitled to compensation from the device’s manufacturer. The nationwide law firm of Bernstein Liebhard LLP is now evaluating legal claims on behalf of individuals who may have been harmed due to retrievable IVC filters manufactured by C.R. Bard, Inc. and Cook Medical, including the:
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Retrievable IVC filters are implanted in the inferior vena cava to catch blood clots before they have a chance to become a pulmonary embolism in the lung. The above-mentioned Bard and Cook filters are meant to be retrieved once a patient is no longer at risk for this potentially-fatal event.
Migration is a rare, but potentially deadly, complication that sometimes occurs in patients treated with IVC filters. When it occurs, an entire filter might move to another part of the body, or components may migrate after the device fractures. In either case, patients experiencing this dangerous event might suffer:
Since 2010, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has issued two medical device safety alerts regarding the risks associated with retrievable IVC filters. The first, which was released in August 2010, came after the agency had received 921 reports of complications involving the devices, including 328 reports of IVC filter migration. In an updated communication issued in May 2014, the FDA reminded doctors about the importance of retrieving IVC filters once the threat of pulmonary embolism has passed.
A number of studies have also raised concerns about the potential for IVC filters to migrate:
The medical device attorneys at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are now investigating IVC filter migration claims and other personal injury cases related to these devices. To learn more, please call (888) 994-5118 to schedule a free, no-obligation legal review with our Firm today.
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