Certain retrievable IVC Filter manufactured by C.R. Bard and Cook Medical may cause devastating side effects if they fracture or migrate inside of a patient’s body. These complications may include perforation of the heart or lungs, filter fracture, and more.
The nationwide law firm of Bernstein Liebhard LLP is now reviewing personal injury claims related to IVC filter complications or side effects. If you or a loved one suffered life-threatening injuries due to the fracture and/or migration of a Bard or Cook retrievable IVC filter, please contact our Firm today at (888) 994-5118 to learn more about your available legal options.
IVC filters are intended to protect patients against pulmonary embolism, a life threatening type of blood clot. Once inserted into the inferior vena cava, the wire, cage-like device captures clots that have broken loose from veins in the lower extremities, preventing them from traveling to the lungs and becoming a pulmonary embolism.
Retrievable IVC filters are intended to be removed once the threat of pulmonary embolism has passed. If they are not, the chance that a patient will suffer a severe side effect increases. In 2010, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued an IVC filter safety alert, after it became concerned that retrievable devices weren’t always being removed in a timely manner. According to the FDA, such filters had been implicated in more than 320 adverse events since 2005, some of which resulted in poor patient outcomes. The reports received by the FDA included filter migration (320+ reports); embolization (146 reports); filter perforation (70 reports); and filter fracture (56 reports).
In 2014, the FDA issued a second alert to once again remind doctors about the important of IVC filter retrieval.
Side effects potentially associated with the use of retrievable IVC filters include:
A number of recent studies have called into question the risks and benefits associated with retrievable IVC filters.
Bernstein Liebhard LLP is now offering free, no-obligation legal reviews to individuals who may have experienced life-threatening side effects due to a retrievable IVC filter. To learn more about your available legal options, please call (888) 994-5118.
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