IVC Wrongful Death
Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters are supposed to prevent pulmonary embolisms (blood clots in the lungs). Regrettably, these filters can cause life-threatening injuries when pieces of the device break or puncture the heart or lungs, or when the device migrates to another part of the body.
These risks are notably higher when retrievable IVC filters, such as the Bard recovery or G2 filter, are left in a patient who is no longer at risk for a pulmonary embolism. These filters are subject to frequent fractures and are responsible for hundreds of injuries in the United States.
What’s the Issue?
IVC filters are meant to prevent death by capturing blood clots before they reach the lungs. Unfortunately, these filters can also have deadly side effects, especially when retrievable IVC filters are not removed in an appropriate timeframe. By 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a safety warning after receiving nearly 1,000 serious adverse event reports involving IVC Filters.
According to the FDA, they received reports of:
- 70 filter perforations
- 328 device migrations
- 56 filter fractures
- 146 embolisms
These damaged filters caused severe side effects, and in rare cases, death. IVC lawsuits have been filed all across the United States against the manufacturers of IVC filters for compensation for injuries caused by these devices.
Study Links IVC Filters to Deaths
A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that retrievable IVC filters manufactured by C.R. Bard had a high rate of fractures and fragment embolization.
This study was prompted after a doctor in York, Pennsylvania had a patient complain of chest pain. Tests found that the patient also had fluid build-up around the heart and perforation of the right ventricle caused by the IVC filter. Dr. Nicholson, the architect of the study, then asked 80 of his patients to come into his clinic to be evaluated.
Dr. Nicholson discovered that 25% of the devices in his patients had fractured and became embolisms. One of his patients suffered a sudden death. Even patients who had a newer IVC filter from Bard suffered from device fractures at about a rate of 12%.
Dr. Nicholson’s study appeared to show that the older Bard IVC filters had a higher fracture rate, but also indicated this could be because the rate of complications increases over time.
IVC Filter Wrongful Death Lawsuit
If your loved one’s death was caused by an IVC filter, then you may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the manufacturer. A wrongful death lawsuit is a type of lawsuit that alleges a family deserves financial compensation for a death that was caused by a defendant’s negligence.
If you file a lawsuit, you may be eligible to seek compensation for economic and non-economic damages, including:
- Lost earnings from the decreased individual
- Medical and funeral costs
- Loss of support
- Loss of benefits or inheritance
- Punitive damages
Do You Have an IVC Filter Lawsuit?
If you or a loved one have been injured or have passed away as a result of an IVC Filter, then you should immediately contact our legal team to discuss whether or not you may be eligible for compensation for your suffering. We can help you navigate your various legal options.