A number of studies show that retrievable IVC filters are associated with several life-threatening complications. These complications include reports that the filters can break or move, causing perforations of surrounding blood vessels. Filter debris can even travel to the lungs and heart.
An inferior vena cava (IVC) filter, or “blood clot filter,” is a small medical device placed deep inside a patient’s body intended to “catch” blood clots before they can enter the lungs, heart, or brain. Older IVC filter models were permanently implanted with no option for removal.
At Peterson & Associates, P.C., we have years of experience helping patients find justice and receive support for medical costs, long-term treatment, lost earnings, and lost quality of life.
However, recently, medical device companies have been marketing and selling retrievable IVC filters, which are intended to be removed once the threat of a blood clot has passed. These removable filters have a history of causing problems for patients, sometimes becoming as life-threatening as the blood clot itself.
Our clients have suffered through terrible pains as a result of IVC filters, and it is our goal to make sure every patient who is harmed by these devices receives the care and compensation they deserve. Speak with us in a free consultation—we can determine your options and give you clear legal guidance.
For a free consultation, contact our Kansas City defective medical device lawyers at 816-888-8888.
FDA Issues Warning on IVC Filters
In 2010 the FDA published a Safety Communication after it had received more than 900 adverse event reports describing life-threatening and serious injuries sustained by patients with retrievable IVC filters. These events included instances where the filter migrated, fractured, or perforated blood vessels.
The FDA was concerned that retrievable IVC filters, intended for short-term placement, are not always removed once the threat of a blood clot subsides. It cautioned that the long-term risks associated with these filters was not fully known, but could include filter fracture, filter migration, filter embolization, and IVC perforation.
Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers of retrievable IVC filters claiming that those filters caused injury. On July 28, 2015, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation heard a petition to centralize lawsuits involving C.R. Bard IVC filters into one federal court.
Types of IVC Filters
- Bard Recovery IVC Filter
- Bard G2 IVC Filter
- Bard G2 Express / G2x Filter
- Cook Günther Tulip
- ALN IVC Filter
- Cook Celect
- Cordis OptEase IVC Filter
- Rex Medical Option IVC Filter
- B Braun Tempofilter IVC Filter
Serious Side Effects
- Migration of Filter
- Fracture of Filter
- Perforation of Surrounding Blood Vessels
- Inability to Remove Filter
- Pulmonary Embolism
- Compromised Respiration
- Continued Medial Monitoring
Contact the IVC Filter Lawyers at Peterson & Associates, P.C.
If you or a loved one have suffered injuries related to a retrievable IVC filter, please contact the IVC filter attorneys at Peterson & Associates, P.C. Our experienced Kansas City medical device lawyers have obtained millions in favorable verdicts and settlements on behalf of defective product victims.
We fight on behalf of our clients because we know that we are often their only hope for compensation, medical care, and more. If you entrust your case to us, we handle it from beginning to end—including taking on the costs of your litigation and investigation in a contingency fee arrangement. Our firm only receives a fee unless your case is won, so you have nothing to lose.
For a free consultation, contact the defective medical device lawyers at Peterson & Associates, P.C. at 816-888-8888.