What is an IVC filter?
An IVC filter is a device that is implanted to prevent blood clots. It is placed into the inferior vena cava, which is the large vein carrying deoxygenated blood from the lower body into the heart. An IVC filter is used as an alternative to anticoagulants.
What are the side effects of an IVC filter?
Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters are meant to be removed within 6 months. However, these filters have a design defect and many individuals suffer complications within that time frame. For example, the device might fracture and puncture an organ. Sometimes, the devices migrate and get embedded into the vena cava. Other times, it might even erode and actually cause clotting issues; the very problem it was supposed to prevent. When this happens, it will cause severe and persistent chest pains or shortness of breath. Sadly, Some have individuals suffer permanent harm because the device is not retrievable.
What are your legal rights?
If you, or someone you know, has had an implant of an IVC filter, call us today. We are helping individuals where the following criteria are met.
- The individual was implanted with an IVC filter
- The device has not been or cannot be removed
- Note: Some common IVC products are: Cook, Bard, Braun, Cordis, and Argon.
Defective pharmaceutical device injuries are complex and we can help you get the help you need.