Inferior vena cava filters, otherwise known as IVC filter lawsuits are being filed against device makers alleging that their products are defective and unreasonably dangerous. The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warnings on the use of these devices, and defective medical device attorneys are representing patients who have suffered serious, and sometimes fatal, injuries that they claim were caused by these devices.
If you have been injured, or a loved one killed, as the result of complications from an IVC filter, including a Bard IVC filter, contact Attorney Group today for more information. We can help answer your questions, and if you choose to pursue a claim we can connect you with an affiliated defective medical device lawyer who can assist you throughout the legal process. All consultations are free, confidential, and without obligation on your part.
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What is an IVC Filter?
An IVC filter is a type of medical device that is implanted in the inferior vena cava to catch blood clots that risk migrating from the lower part of the body to the heart and lungs. This condition is called Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). A blood clot that hits a major organ can cause serious damage to a person; such as potentially lethal pulmonary embolism if one reaches the lungs.
The FDA approved several of these devices under their 510(k) protocols. Devices like Bard’s G2 IVC Filter System and Recovery IVC Filter were reportedly approved without human clinical trials based on assertions that the devices were substantially similar to products already on the market. These devices are designed to be retrievable but many were claimed to be safe enough for permanent implantation.
Why are There IVC Filter Lawsuits?
IVC filter lawsuits allege that these products are not as safe as their manufacturers claimed they were. The IVC filter lawsuits claim that complications from the filters can cause serious injury or even death in a patient. The filters have been found to migrate, fracture, tear, and cause severe anxiety to the patient. Anxiety occurs in patients that are left to dwell on whether or not there are metal shards of the device that was supposed to keep them alive currently lodged in tissue, shredding organs, or migrating to the heart.
The FDA now advises doctors to closely scrutinize whether or not a patient should use an IVC filter if they do not otherwise qualify for anticoagulation therapy. They further go on to advise that the device be removed from the patient soon after the clotting danger has passed rather than leaving it in.
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If you have been injured, or a loved on killed because of complications with an IVC filter, contact Attorney Group for more information. You can fill out the form on this page, call us at the number listed at the top of the page, or email us at [email protected].
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