IVC Filter Lawsuit

IVC Filter Problems

Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters are intended to catch blood clots before they reach the lungs – causing a pulmonary embolism. However, when these devices are left implanted too long, they can migrate or break off into pieces, causing severe side effects and complications.

IVC Filter Problems

Some IVC filters are known as retrievable IVC filters. These filters are only intended on being used temporarily in patients at serious risk for developing a pulmonary embolism.

For various reasons, doctors may be unable to remove the IVC filter from a patient, or no attempt is made to remove an IVC filter. After a period of time, retrievable IVC filters are known to wear down, break and even move to other parts of the body.

In fact, there have been hundreds of adverse event reports sent to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that indicate a number of IVC filter problems, including:

  • The filter can move, migrate or change position; potentially becoming stuck in a part of the body it does not belong.
  • The filter can be rendered useless because of a position change.
  • The filter can perforate or erode into the inferior vena cava, causing damage to the vein.
  • Internal organs can be damaged by the filter protruding in the inferior vena cava.
  • Clots may clog the filter, blocking the flow of blood into the lungs.
  • Parts of the filter can break into pieces, traveling through the blood stream and potentially causing damage to internal organs.
  • A doctor may be unable to remove an IVC filter.

IVC Filter Lawsuits

Those who have been personally injured or have had a loved one injured as a result of an IVC filter problem are urged to contact our legal team. You or your loved one may be eligible for compensation. We can help you determine your best legal course of action.