Inferior vena cava filters, or IVC filters, are small devices that are inserted into a patient’s vein in order to catch a blood clot, therefore preventing it from migrating to the lungs or heart. While these devices have yet to be recalled by the FDA, they have caused harm to hundreds of patients throughout the United States. As such, multiple IVC filter lawsuits against the dangerous device manufacturers are pending.
While IVC filters can be life saving when effective, all too often these devices cause unnecessary patient injury. Most commonly, as reported by the FDA in a 2010 safety alert, the placement of an IVC filter may result in “device migration.” The migration of the IVC filter, or IVC filter parts, can cause internal perforations and punctures, and renders the device ineffective.
In addition to device migration, the FDA has also reported that the filters have been known to fracture and to perforate patients’ inferior vena cavas (a large vein that carries blood into the heart from the lower body). If migration, embolization, or fracture occurs, a patient is at severe risk of blood clots, puncture, perforation, and death. In 2010, there were more than 900 reports of adverse IVC filter events. IVC devices most commonly involved in adverse events are those manufactured by C.R. Bard and Cook Group Inc.
Victims who have been harmed by defective IVC filter devices, as well as the family members of those who have sustained fatal injuries as a result of an IVC filter, have the right to pursue legal action. Currently, there are dozens of lawsuits pending in state and federal courts against Bard and Cook.
When a medical device manufacturing company creates a device with a design or manufacturing defect that causes patient harm, the company has violated its duty of care to the consumer, and may be liable for damages as such. Damages that a victim may be able to recover through a lawsuit against the manufacture include compensation for pain and suffering, mental anguish, medical expenses related to the injury, lost wages, and more.
You have the right to legal action if an IVC filter has harmed you. To learn more about existing IVC filter lawsuits and your right to pursue legal action, contact an IVC filter attorney today.