Every year, approximately 250,000 people in the U.S. are implanted with an IVC filter. The filters are promoted as being able to catch blood clots in the body’s largest veins before they make their way to the heart and lungs. However, the filters often break. A broken device may cause fragments to move throughout the body, potentially causing irreversible damage to vital organs.
Other severe side effects linked to IVC filters include:
- Pain in the heart and chest
- Perforation of tissue, vessels and organs
- Damage to heart, lungs or veins
- Disruption of heart rate
You may be able to file a lawsuit against IVC manufacturers for failing to give appropriate warning of the increased risks of the filters breaking.
WHO is RESPONSIBLE for IVC FILTER COMPLICATIONS?
People adversely affected by an implanted IVC filter are holding the manufacturer responsible for falsely promoting their device as safe and effective. All medical devices are required to undergo comprehensive testing and inform patients of any potential dangerous side effects. Unfortunately, some IVC filter manufacturers – like C.R. Bard and Cook Medical – failed to disclose the long-term harm associated with their retrievable filters.
Common manufacturers of IVC filters include:
- ALN Implants Chirurgicaux
- B Braun Medical
- Boston Scientific
- Cook Medical
- R. Bard
- Rafael Medical Technologies
- Rex Medical