Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are medical devices that are implanted into the inferior vena cava, the part of the heart that carries blood from the lower half of the body into the heart’s right atrium, to prevent pulmonary emboli. Although these devices can prevent life-threatening blockages, they can also harm patients if they are defective or placed inside the body incorrectly. In many cases, vena cava filter complications are fairly minor. However, some complications can be deadly. If you experience any type of pain or discomfort in your chest following an IVC filter placement, go to your doctor right away to have an examination. The best way to prevent a serious complication with your IVC filter is to be proactive about going to your doctor with any symptoms you experience.

If you suffer a complication with your IVC filter because it was defective, improperly inserted, removed, or not removed in a timely manner after serving its purpose, you could be entitled to monetary compensation for your losses. Contact an experienced defective medical device attorney to discuss the possibility of filing a personal injury claim to recover monetary compensation.

IVC Filter Defects

There are a few different ways an IVC filter can be defective, leading to injuries for a patient. Examples of possible defects an IVC filter recipient can face include:

  • IVC Filter Fractures. One or more of a filter’s arms can break off and migrate to other parts of the body;
  • IVC Filter Migration. The device itself can migrate through the body and harm the patient;
  • IVC Filter Embolization. The device can cause an embolus to develop in the inferior vena cava, which blocks the flow of blood;
  • IVC Filter Perforations. Legs of the filter, also known as “struts,” can dig into the patient’s body, eroding a hole in his or her organ tissue.

IVC Filter Dangers

A defective IVC filter can lead to a variety of health problems for a patient. These IVC filter problems include the following:

  • Severe chest pain;
  • Infection;
  • Hematoma;
  • Bleeding;
  • Fluid build-up in the lungs or heart;
  • Hemorrhaging;
  • Difficulty breathing;
  • Organ or tissue damage;
  • Pulmonary embolism; and/or
  • Death.

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Certain brands and types of IVC filter are linked to certain injuries. Talk to your doctor about the risks associated with your type of IVC filter before it is inserted.

Never ignore any chest pain you experience. Chest pain is generally the first symptom that something is wrong with your IVC filter. Put your health and safety first by always maintaining direct, clear communication with your doctor.

Defective Medical Device Attorneys

If you have been injured because of a faulty IVC filter, you could be entitled to recover monetary compensation for your losses. Contact an experienced defective medical device attorney to discuss this possibility. If you do have grounds for a defective medical device claim, work with our team of experienced personal injury attorneys to move forward with your defective medical device claim.

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