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IVC Filter Suits Filed Against Boston Scientific and Cook Medical

Posted on August 3, 2016

Two major medical device manufacturers are being sued by patients treated with IVC filters. IVC filters (inferior vena cava filters) are tiny, expandable, spider-like devices inserted into large veins to block blood clots and keep them from entering the lungs. However, problems have arisen because IVC filters can become dislodged and migrate, or break apart and puncture organs. While IVC filters were designed to be retrievable, in many cases they have migrated and can’t be retrieved.

In the first claim, a woman was diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in her right leg and had a Boston Scientific Greenfield Vena Cava Filter inserted. A month later she was admitted to the emergency room suffering from severe pain in her left thigh and lower abdomen. A CAT scan showed that her IVC filter had become blocked, causing severe clotting in her right leg and DVT in her left leg. As a result, the patient will have to be on anticoagulants (blood thinning medications) for the rest of her life.

In the second claim, a woman was diagnosed with DVT in her right leg and had a Cook Celect Vena Cava Filter inserted. A year and a half later, she was admitted to the hospital for severe back pain. Tests showed that she had a new blood clot near her lungs and that her IVC filter had become tilted, causing acute DVT in her left leg. She also will be on long term anticoagulant therapy.

Both women are suing on the grounds that their IVC filters were defective.

If you or a family member has suffered injury due to a defective IVC filter or any other defective medical device, you may be able to pursue compensation from the IVC filter’s designer, manufacturer, or marketer. To secure the compensation you deserve, it is vital that you contact a skilled pharmaceutical injury attorney. Farah & Farah has been successfully representing injury victims for over 35 years. We are currently investigating IVC filter injury claims nationwide. Call us today at (800) 533-3555 for a free consultation.