IVC Filter Lawsuit
Again, innocent Americans are being threatened by defective medical devices, in this case what are known as IVC Filters, or inferior vena cava filters. These IVC Blood Filters can cause injury and dangerous side effects and may warrant an IVC Filter Lawsuit from the Willis Law Firm, Board Certified Lawyers with over 30 years experience in personal injury law.
Sometimes also called Greenfield Filters, such cone-shaped devices are implanted in the inferior vena cava, a large vein which funnels deoxygenated blood to the heart from the lower body. This implant below the kidneys is made for persons who have a high risk of suffering a pulmonary embolism, or a blood clot in the lungs.
The cage-like filters are intended to collect and trap blood clots before the clots can migrate to vital organs such as the heart or lungs, where blood clots can cause injury and even threaten lives. Also known as embolisms, such blood clots can break away from deep veins in the legs which then transport blood to the lungs and heart.
Unfortunately, some of these devices have not been removed after the danger of a pulmonary embolism has been greatly reduced or eliminated. The devices then can break down in the body or in some other way malfunction, causing a variety of IVC injuries.
According to some studies, more than three-fourths of IVC filters may lead to serious complications or side effects.
IVC Filters Side Effects
Sadly, IVC filters can cause a number of harmful IVC side effects and complications. These side effects and related problems include:
- Device perforation
- Device fracture
- Device migration
- Inability to retrieve the filter from the body
- Tilting of the filter
Among such side effects, a filter fracture involves pieces of the filter breaking up and then injuring the lungs, the heart of the inferior vena cava veins. Filter migration means the device can erode into a part of the body, beyond the vein in which it was implanted.
As for filter perforation, that means the filter can puncture or perforate the lungs, heart or inferior vena cava vein.
IVC filters also can cause a condition in which fluid amasses in the area near the heart and makes heart functions difficult. This condition is known as cardiac tamponade.
IVC filters also are believed to be involved in deep vein thrombosis, or DVT. That means a blood clot forms in the veins in the lower part of the body, as in the legs, which makes it more difficult for blood to reach the heart and lungs.
Defective IVC Filter Lawsuit
Victims of defective IVC filters have a legal option. They can file a lawsuit against the devices’ manufacturers to claim payments for their injury losses caused by the defective product. Besides Greenfield, IVC filters also have been sold by Cook Medical and C.R. Bard.
To explore your family’s options for an IVC filter lawsuit, please notify our law firm today. We stand ready to assist injured Americans with their legal needs, and we do not charge an up-front fee for this help. In fact, we are only paid if we win your case, and then only from a part of the settlement we win for you.
We’ll even provide you with free legal advice about your potential case when you contact us — and at no obligation to you.
Already, many Americans have filed injury lawsuits against such IVC filter makers as Cook Medical, C.R. Bard, Greenfield and others. We can help you with such a lawsuit, which can seek payments for injury losses such as medical costs, lost wages and pain and suffering.