Concerns have been raised in recent years about the potential for serious adverse consequences of having IVC (Inferior Vena Cava) filters implanted in heart patients who are at risk of pulmonary embolism and cannot use anticoagulants.
Manufacturers have been aware of the risks associated with these filters, and yet they have failed to adequately warn patients of the dangers associated with them.
If you or someone you love has sustained an injury or if someone you love has died due to complications involving an IVC filter, the law places limits on the amount of time you have to take action. That’s why you need to call us for a free case evaluation today. The experienced personal injury and product liability attorneys at Roberts and Roberts are knowledgeable in dealing with IVC filter cases and can assist you with your case. Call us anytime at 800-248-6000 to discuss your case.
IVC filters are used to trap pulmonary embolisms and maintain healthy blood flow to the heart and lungs. Some common issues that have been reported by individuals who have undergone IVC filter implant surgery include device migration, filter blockage and tilting, and, in some cases, the development of new clots.
Some IVC filters have also been linked to metallic failure – a complication wherein the struts break off the filter, causing the risk of major blood vessel perforations, life-threatening internal bleeding, stroke, or any combination of symptoms.
In August of 2010, the Food and Drug Administration released a Safety Communication centered on IVC filters with a recent update issued in May of 2014. The alert cited 921 reports of problems with the product and numerous adverse events. The reports broke down into a number of alarming patterns, including:
- 328 reports of device migration
- 146 reports of device embolization
- 56 reports each of filter fracture and IVC perforation
The FDA has also noted that some reports involved difficulty removing the device and that some of the risks could be linked to leaving retrievable filters inside the patient too long. The report stressed that doctors responsible for the care of patients with IVC filters should weigh all the risks and benefits associated with filter removal and consider removal as soon as the need for filtering has passed.
The FDA finding was corroborated by a JAMA study published in April of 2013, which stated that although retrievable IVC filters are meant to provide temporary protection, they are often left implanted indefinitely.
If you are currently experiencing any issue that pertains to an implanted IVC filter, you need to seek the help of an experienced attorney who can assess the facts and determine if your case is actionable. Our experienced team of legal experts is here to help. We have over three decades of experience fighting for the rights of people just like you to collect judgments and settlements for preventable injury or death due to faulty products or negligence on the part of a doctor or other medical professional. Call Roberts and Roberts anytime at 800-248-6000 for a free consultation.