Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filters
Lawsuits for Defective Medical Devices
At Wells & Wells, our team of legal professionals are dedicated to providing compassionate and effective advocacy for individuals who have sustained injuries from defective medical devices. Recently, Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filters have been linked to a number of serious, life-threatening conditions, and our Jonesboro injury attorneys want to help victims pursue justice.
The IVC filters are intended to regulate and prevent blood clots from reaching the body’s major organs and prevent pulmonary embolus, or blockage in the lung. A small device placed in a patient’s inferior vena cava, the filter uses metal wires to capture and trap blood clots. Due to the risks associated with IVC filters, doctors should only consider implanting the device if a threat of pulmonary embolus exists.
Complications of IVC Filters
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warnings against the use of the IVC filter, as it has been linked to heart attacks, hemorrhages, blood clots, and other life-threatening conditions. The FDA has recommended that at the first sign of complications, the filter be removed as long as it is safe to do so.
- Some of the most common complications as reported by the FDA include:
- Migration of filter – move from intended placement
- Embolization of filter – components of device detach
- Perforation of filter – filter develops holes or tears
- Fracture of filter – device breaks
Discover Your Legal Options
If you had an IVC filter implanted that resulted in complications, you do have legal options. Wells & Wells can help to investigate and analyze the circumstances of your case to determine whether the design of the device was defective or if you were not adequately warned about the risks. Our personal injury lawyers will fight to ensure that you receive the financial support that you deserve.
Contact our firm today to request a free consultation to get started.