What Are IVC Filters?
IVC filters, or “Inferior Vena Cava,” are implants that are placed in the major vessel transferring blood from the legs to the heart. The implant is designed like a cage, intended to trap blood clots before they reach the heart and cause an embolism. IVC implants were once used to treat patients who were at risk for pulmonary embolisms, and either could not take anti-coagulants or were not affected by them.
The implants were designed to be permanent, but some were also designed to have the option for removal. Their effectiveness was impressive, and for a time IVC implants were an alternative to medication. However, it did not remain so. Patients reported problems with the filters—problems that could cause major injury or death.
These problems included:
- Fracturing of the filter
- Perforating the vessel walls
- Embolization of filter pieces
- Difficulty removing the filter
- Migration (movement of the filter)
Embolization of the filter pieces is particularly horrifying, as the filter itself would be pumped into the heart, causing untold amounts of internal damage. In 2010, the FDA began recommending that all patients who had an IVC filter get them removed if their health permitted.
If You Have Been Injured, Seek Representation
If you have been endangered or lost a loved one due to a faulty, ill-designed IVC filter, you may have a personal injury or wrongful death claim. Patients have the right to expect safe, exhaustively-tested surgical implants from manufacturers—especially implants that are placed in crucial and vulnerable parts of the body.
Whatever the circumstances, you will need representation in order to file a claim. Contact a personal injury lawyer with the skills and experience to recover the compensation you deserve. Arnold & Itkin LLP have represented the injured for years, winning $1 billion in settlements and verdicts in the last 5 years alone.
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