November 25, 2015 · FLEMING | NOLEN | JEZ, L.L.P.
An Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filter is a device that doctors place in a patient’s largest vein to stop blood clots, especially when it might potentially reach the lungs. The small, spider-like tool sits in the vein, with the protruding prongs in place to catch blood clots or a pulmonary embolism. It’s a mechanism presented as an alternative to blood thinners or anticoagulants. However, rather than offer a relief from blood clots, it can present many risks.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in the time span of five years, they have received around 921 reports of adverse effects. Of these incidents, there were:
- 328 device migrations
- 146 embolizations
- 70 perforations
- 56 filter fractures
The side-effects of the IVC filter can be highly dangerous and can cause potentially lasting harm. Because of these reports, the FDA warns consumers to have the device removed between the 29th and the 54th day after implantation. Unfortunately, not all healthcare providers heed this warning. If the device is left in the vein, I can cause serious pain and injury.
IVC filter users have reported many different injuries and damage they have sustained.
Some injuries and incidents include:
- Internal bleeding
- Punctures to the heart, lungs, vena cava
- Hematoma or nerve injury
- Respiratory distress
All of these incidents can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have received the IVC filter and experience any of these injuries, contact your doctor immediately. They will most likely remove the device or reposition it to prevent further damage. However, you might still experience pain and lasting damage. If you do, contact the IVC filter injury attorneys at Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P. Our lawyers have extensive knowledge handling cases with this defective medical device. We work to help our clients obtain the compensation they deserve. Call today for a free consultation.