The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has reported that as of mid-July, approximately 1,500 new IVC filter lawsuits have been filed in federal court in both Arizona and the Southern District of Indiana. This only increases the amount of cases that have been filed, and show just how many people have been affected by these devices. These lawsuits have claimed that the manufacturers failed to warn the patients about the serious, and even life threatening side effects. It is expected that the number of IVC filter lawsuits will only continue to rise.
Why Are IVC Filters Dangerous?
IVC filters can be extremely dangerous, especially when it has already been implanted into the body. Because of the cage-like structure of the IVC filter device, they have the ability to break apart or fall out of place, creating the chances of piercing the veins. They also have the ability to dislodge and move throughout the bloodstream. If this happens, it can make its way into a vein wall and can lead to damaging an internal organ. The most common internal organs to be affected by an IVC filter are lungs and hearts.
A 2013 Journal of the American Medical Association found that of the 952 patients who had received IVC filter devices for the study, only 680 received retrievable filters. Even more surprisingly, only 58 patients were able to have the IVC filters successfully removed. The study goes on to say that doctors made thirteen unsuccessful removal attempts of the filters. This demonstrated just how dangerous these IVC filters can be if they are left in the body for an extended period of time.
Some serious side effects include the following:
- Organ Perforation
- Pulmonary Embolism
- Severe Pain
- Heart Attack
- Internal Bleeding
Why Are IVC Filters Used?
Retrievable IVC filters are used to catch blood clots from reaching certain organs, such as the heart or the lungs. With their cage-like structure, the retrievable device is meant to be temporarily stored within the patient’s body, eventually being removed once the risk of pulmonary embolism, a fatal condition involving blood clots, is decreased. Placed into the body through a surgical procedure, the IVC filter device is commonly inserted into patients who are unable to take drugs that help prevent blood clots. The common IVC filter device products that are currently involved in litigation include Cook branded filters, Bard Eclipse, Bard Denali and Bard Merdian.
Contact an IVC Filter Lawyer
If you or someone you know has suffered harmful side effects after being inserted with an IVC Filter, you may be able to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. Our firm is working with experienced IVC Filter lawyers, who are investigating these cases. They may be able to file an IVF Filter lawsuit for you and they charge no fee unless you win an award or settlement. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call our toll free number at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online.