Injuries Associated with Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filters
Bob Schwartz discusses legal claims relating to injuries caused by inferior vena cava (IVC) filters.
People who are at risk for blood clots, but are not able to take blood thinners, may have to have an IVC filter implanted to prevent blood clots from traveling to the brain, heart and lungs. These small filters are implanted into the vena cava, the largest vein in the body. These implants can be either permanent or temporary depending on the patient needs; however, the FDA has received many reports of problems with the IVC filters. Specifically, the longer that an IVC filter is left inside a patient, the more likely that a negative side effect will occur. These filters can tilt in the vena cava affecting their ability to catch clots, perforate or puncture the vena cava causing internal bleeding, move in the vena cava toward the heart or even break apart allowing pieces of the filter to travel throughout the body and to other organs. Further, once one of these events occurs, the filter must be removed. And that removal may have to be by an open surgical procedure. If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of an IVC filter, you may be eligible for compensation.