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IVC Filters, Broken Prongs & Filter Migration

October 19, 2015 · FLEMING | NOLEN | JEZ, L.L.P.

When an IVC filter is implanted into the inferior vena cava, it is intended to help make sure blood clots don’t reach the lungs. This is a great idea for individuals who have been diagnosed to be at high risk of pulmonary embolism. While they are well-intentioned devices, they do come with some side effects that can be dangerous to the patient.

When these side effects arise, doctors or physicians should act quickly in order to remedy the situation. The patient may also be able to take legal action against the manufacturer of the faulty IVC filter.

Broken Prongs

The IVC filter is a small, cage-like device that is planted the in the largest vein in the human body — the inferior vena cava. It is used to capture blood clots, but in order to do this, they have prongs that can be dangerous. If a prong breaks off of the IVC filter, it could result in complications for the patient, including perforation of the vein. This can be a dangerous situation and remedying this in a timely manner is crucial. It may also cause the filter to dislodge from the vein. This could be life-threatening to the patient.

Filter Migration

If the IVC filter dislodges, it can move throughout the vein into other areas of the body or perforate the vein at another spot on the body. Furthermore, it will no longer act in the way in which it was intended and blood clots may be allowed to reach the lungs. This is failure of the product to do its job and can be a serious situation that requires quick action to remedy the situation.

If you or someone you love has had the IVC filter implanted in their inferior vena cava and side effects have caused pain and suffering, or necessitated hospitalization, it is time to take legal action. At Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P., our national trial lawyers are dedicated to helping our clients seek the compensation they deserve after sustaining injury or complications from a defective medical device. Contact our team today. We offer free case evaluations so you can discuss your possible case with no financial obligation.