IVC Filter Recalls Explained
As more lawsuits file, more and more patients who were implanted with the device are asking questions about IVC filter recalls. If you or a loved one was implanted with a retrievable IVC filter and experienced severe complications from the device, you could be eligible for financial compensation. Click here to have your case reviewed for free.
What are IVC Filters?
IVC filters are small, cone-shaped devices with metallic prongs that are designed to catch blood clots and prevent pulmonary embolism. The filter is placed in the largest vein of the body, the vena cava, just below the kidneys. The device is placed in this area of the body to help prevent blood clots from deep vein thrombosis, which often form in the lower legs and then travel up the vena cava to the heart or lungs.
Why Have IVC Filters Been Recalled?
As is the case with many medical devices, IVC filters are not without their drawbacks, including the placement of the device itself. Placed near the midsection, IVC filters can bend during everyday activities, such as turning of the body, stooping over, or leaning down to pick something up.
The more you bend a piece of metal, the weaker it gets, until its structural integrity has been completely compromised and it snaps at the bending point. Once the small piece of metal breaks free inside the largest vein in your body, it can travel into your heart, lungs, or possibly even your brain, causing serious injury or death.
What is Being Done About it?
As more and more patients who have had an IVC filter implanted into their body suffer these kinds of injuries, manufacturers continue to see lawsuit claims climb higher and higher.
More than 100 people have joined a multidistrict litigation lawsuit against IVC filter manufacturer Cook Medical in just over a month, bringing the total number of plaintiffs represented in that case to 1,080.
Another major manufacturer, C.R. Bard, have seen almost 300 additional IVC filter lawsuits filed in July, August and September of 2016, bringing their total number of claims up to 1,055.
Can I Take Legal Action?
With the dangerous nature of the device and the increasing number of IVC lawsuits being filed against all manufacturers, now is the time to file a free case review if you or someone you know was implanted with an IVC filter and suffered complications. You will have an experienced product liability attorney look over your specific case and inform you about your best legal options.