Join the Hundreds Who Have Filed Suit for IVC Filter Complications
Many cases have been reported of serious side effects and complications following the use of IVC filters, and our lawyers have been urging victims to seek legal action to recover damages. There are numerous IVC filter brands on the market. Many of the lawsuits target the manufacturers Cook, C.R. Bard, and Boston Scientific and include claims that these companies failed to provide adequate warnings, and manufactured and marketed defective devices. Hundreds of lawsuits have already been filed, many of which are still pending. If you or a loved one has suffered a severe injury related to IVC filter complications, an attorney from our San Diego, CA, law firm can find out if you are entitled to compensation.
What is an IVC Filter?
An inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is most commonly used in patients recovering from surgery who cannot take blood thinners to prevent blood clots in the lungs. The device works by trapping the clots to prevent more serious complications. The FDA first approved IVC filters back in the late 1970s, and the use of the device has increased sharply over the years. While some IVC filters are placed temporarily, others are meant for permanent implantation. Unfortunately, IVC filters prevent some of their own risks and complications.
Many of the lawsuits target the manufacturers Cook, C.R. Bard, and Boston Scientific and include claims that these companies failed to provide adequate warnings, and manufactured and marketed defective devices.
Dangers of IVC Filters
Side effects and complications associated with IVC filters are serious. They may include:
- Fluid buildup around the heart
- Loss of consciousness
- Irregular heartbeat
Some patients have experienced serious heart damage from IVC filters, and more than one dozen have died.
In addition, the device can break and the smaller, broken pieces can migrate to other areas of the body. This can result in vein perforation, organ damage, failed prevention of pulmonary embolisms, and even death.
The numerous reports of these dangerous, life-threatening complications led the FDA to issue a safety report in 2010 regarding the risk of device migration and pulmonary embolisms. The FDA made updates to the safety report in 2014, stating that doctors should remove temporary IVC filters between 29 and 54 days after the date of implantation if the risk of pulmonary embolism has subsided.
Legal Support after Suffering IVC Filter Complications
Hundreds of victims and families who have suffered serious injuries as a result of a defective IVC filter have filed lawsuits against the manufacturers of these devices. Three class action lawsuits are currently pending, while numerous others have been consolidated for multidistrict litigation. At San Diego Injury Lawyer, our attorneys can help you determine whether participating in a class action suit or filing an individual claim is right for you.
Class action lawsuits generally result in smaller settlements, which are not based on individual plaintiff injuries. If you have suffered more severe IVC filter injuries, we may recommend filing an individual lawsuit. This will ensure the settlement or award you receive is appropriate for the suffering you have endured.
Our attorneys have a deep understanding of the physical damages and the financial burden these defective medical devices can cause. We will build a strong and persuasive case on your behalf to ensure you are awarded the settlement you deserve. We will seek damages for your medical expenses and any lost income, as well as your pain and suffering. In the event that you lost a loved one due to IVC filter complications, we can file a wrongful death suit to help compensate you for your loss.
If you have been affected by the serious complications associated with defective IVC filters, contact our law firm to reserve a free case evaluation. Our attorneys can help you determine the best course of action to take to secure the compensation you deserve.