Defective IVC Filters May Cause Serious Injury or Death
Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters, devices used in the prevention of pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in the lungs), may cause dangerous, life-threatening complications. If you had a temporary or permanent IVC filter implanted and suffered from health problems, you could be entitled to compensation.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received over 1,600 adverse event reports associated with IVC filters. According to the FDA, IVC filter complications may include device migration, filter fracture, tilting within the inferior vena cava, movement of the filter or fracture fragments to the heart or lungs, and perforation of the inferior vena cava vein. Additionally, IVC filters that are meant to be retrievable can become embedded in the vein and may be difficult or even impossible to remove.
Complications associated with IVC filters include:
- “Cardiac tamponade,” a life-threatening condition involving bleeding in and around the heart
- Internal bleeding
- Perforation, puncture, and other serious damage to the inferior vena cava wall and/or the heart or lungs
- Hematoma or nerve injury at the puncture site
- Constant, severe pain in the heart, chest, or elsewhere in the body
- Pulmonary embolus (a blockage of an artery in the lungs)
- Respiratory distress (difficulty breathing)
- Other serious injury or death
Were You Injured by an IVC Filter?
If you had an IVC filter implanted and developed health problems, or if a loved one died due to complications from this device, you may have a case and could be entitled to compensation. Contact Douglas, Leonard &Garvey, P.C. today for a free consultation.
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