Common Questions About the IVC Filter
Our IVC Filter Lawyers Provide the Answers
Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters such as those created by manufacturers C.R. Bard and Cook Medical have been the focus of ongoing litigation after being linked with serious injury and even death. For more information about your rights after reading these FAQs, contact our team at (713) 621-7944.
How Does the IVC Filter Hurt Patients?
The device is made of metal and has parts, resembling a spider. These shards can splinter off of the device and flow through the bloodstream to the heart or lungs. The IVC filter has also been known to migrate, tilt, or perforate the patient’s organs, leading to painful – and potentially deadly – symptoms and injuries.
Is the IVC Filter a Permanent Solution?
The IVC filter is a temporary solution and should be removed when the risk of blood clots or pulmonary embolism has diminished. The United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recommends removing the device between 29 days and 54 days after being implanted.
Have Any Clinical Studies Been Conducted Regarding IVC Filters?
The New England Society for Vascular Surgery conducted a study and found that31% of IVC filters fractured. In most cases, the shards of the filters went to the right ventricles of the heart. Another study conducted at York Hospital found that, of patients who received the IVC filter implant, one in four saw shards broken off the device.
Have the Manufacturers Been Held Responsible for Negligence?
C.R. Bard and Cook Medical are the two manufacturers responsible for the five IVC filter products centered in litigation. Lawsuits have been filed against both. Speak with an IVC filter attorney from Fleming | Nolen | Jez about your case as soon as possible. We can help you understand your rights and the legal process, should you decide to pursue compensation.