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IVC Filter Fracture

When an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter fractures, a patient can face serious injuries. In certain cases, a fracture can be fatal. IVC filter fractures can lead to injuries like perforations of the heart or other organ’s lining, hemorrhaging, problems breathing, and severe chest pain.

If you experience chest pain after having an IVC filter put into your body, seek medical attention right away. You could have experienced a fracture or another type of IVC filter complication. If your doctor confirms that you have suffered because of a damaged or defective IVC filter, you could be entitled to monetary compensation for your losses through a defective medical device claim. Contact an experienced fractured IVC filter fracture lawyer as soon as possible after receiving medical care to determine your legal options for pursuing a defective medical device claim.

What Happens When an IVC Filter Fractures?

An IVC filter is a medical device that is placed in the inferior vena cava, the portion of the heart that receives blood from the lower half of the body and moves it into the right atrium, to prevent pulmonary embolisms. This device has legs, known as struts, that can break off the main portion of the filter and migrate through the body. These struts are sharp and can tear through a patient’s heart and other organs. They can also block arteries, disrupting the patient’s blood flow.

IVC Filter Fracture Statistics

Certain brands of IVC filter are linked with specific complications. One brand, Bard, has been studied extensively. Through studies on Bard and other brands of IVC filter, authorities have published the following facts and statistics about fracture risks:

  • 40 percent of Bard Recovery IVC filters fractured after 5.5 years;
  • The Bard G2 IVC filter was associated with 12 percent of all IVC filter fractures in a study published in 2012. Doctors only successfully removed this type of filter in slightly more than half of patients, putting those patients at risk of filter fracture because the longer a filter remains inside a patient, the greater risk it poses of fracturing;
  • Patients who suffer IVC filter fractures can experience injuries such as cardiac tamponade, which is the compression of the heart by fluid buildup in the pericardial sac, and ventricular tachycardia, the rapid heartbeat that starts in the ventricles, caused by improper electrical activity within the hear

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If you have been injured by an IVC filter fracture, work with an experienced fractured IVC filter lawyer to seek monetary compensation for your losses through a defective medical device claim. Contact us to schedule your legal consultation with a member of our firm. Do not wait to begin working on your claim with us – the health complications caused by a fractured IVC filter can be prohibitively expensive, creating an impossible financial burden on you and your family. Get the monetary compensation you deserve for your expenses by working with an experienced defective medical device attorney to pursue your claim.

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