IVC Filter Lawsuits

IVC Filter Lawsuits

An IVC filter is a medical device that is often placed in a person’s body to prevent pulmonary embolus. Doctors use these devices when discovering blood clots in a person’s veins. Blood clots present the possible threat of breaking free and becoming lodged in a person’s lungs, which is potentially fatal. The filter is placed in the inferior vena cava, which is a large blood canal located in a person’s abdomen that brings blood to the lungs. Its purpose is to catch any clots that break free from reaching the lungs.

The IVC filter is surgically placed into a person in a procedure via a needle inserted into a person’s neck or groin. Although generally seen as a comparatively low risk procedure, problems such as bleeding and infection can occur. The clinically proven and recognized purpose for this product is to prevent blood clots in thorough veins, a condition known as thorough Vein Thrombosis (DVT), from breaking free in a person that cannot use typical blood clot treatments, such as blood thinners and anti-clotting agents. DVT generally occurs in veins located in a person’s legs or pelvis.

Recently, studies have shown that a meaningful amount of IVC filters have been defective. In the defective devices, pieces of the metal device often become detached, causing them to travel into areas and often strike vital organs. These devices, brands such as the Recovery TM and G2TM IVC Filters, have been commonly used in filter procedures.

The defective IVC Filter can cause sudden chest pain in the area near where it is placed. A person experiencing such signs should closest contact empowered medical personnel, who can determine whether it is causing such problems using a CT examine.

Defective IVC Filters can rule to undue pain, additional surgery, and long-lasting damage to internal organs. Although surgery might be able to fix the problems caused, often surgery is not a viable option due to the stress placed on an internal organ in such a procedure.

If you have been injured as a consequence of a defective IVC Filter, you should contact an experienced attorney practicing in medical malpractice situations, specifically someone with experience in these lawsuits. This is such a new area of law that we are only aware of two attorneys in the nation that truly have had any success with these situations.

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