Frequently Asked Questions
When a blood clot develops in the veins, it can break up and send large pieces of the clot to vital organs. Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters can be placed inside the veins to prevent large clot segments from traveling to the heart and lungs.
Working properly, IVC filters prevent severe complications, including death. Some patients have experienced punctured veins, or have broken parts of their filter travel to other parts of their body, resulting in serious harm.
Below are answers to most common IVC Filter questions:
A: If you have been diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis, you probably have large clots in your legs or pelvis. An IVC filter can help prevent parts of that clot from traveling to your lungs. But, this process isn’t perfect and many patients have suffered great harm.
A: There are risks associated with any major medical procedure that must be taken into consideration. There is the risk of infection, allergic reactions, bruising, bleeding, and damage to blood vessels.
Much more serious risks that are specific to IVC filters are as follows:
- The IVC filter can lodge in the wrong location, change position, or penetrate through the vein. If this happens, it could result in damage to nearby organs.
- The IVC filter or a piece of the filter may break loose. If this happens, a part of the filter may travel to the heart or lungs, resulting in injury or even death.
- If the filter becomes filled with clots, it could block all flow in the blood vessel, resulting in swelling.
A: Manufacturers Cook Medical and C.R. Bard are named in most IVC filter litigation cases. The five products most commonly involved in these lawsuits include:
- Bard Recovery filter
- Bard G2 filter
- Bard G2 Express filter
- Cook Gunther Tulip filter
- Cook Celect filter
A: The various lawsuits against Cook Medical and C.R. Bard claim negligence, design defects, manufacturing defects, failure to warn, breach of implied warranty, and negligent misrepresentation. In other words, claimants believe the product was defectively designed, assembled, and marketed.
A: Anyone suffering harm because of an IVC filter needs to explore their legal options. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury or health problem as the result of a defective or dangerous IVC filter, financial support may be available for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other related damages.
If you lost a family because of a defective IVC filter, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim against the manufacturer. The IVC filter injury attorneys at Farah & Farah are well aware of the devastating consequences of defective devices. We can help.
We work diligently to help ensure that injured victims are fairly and fully compensated for their losses. Call us at (800) 533-3555 to schedule your free, comprehensive and confidential consultation.