IVC filters are used for assisting patients who are not successful with methods for blood thinning and are at a high risk of developing blood clots. The filter is placed within the inferior vena cava, which is the main vessel that transports blood from the lower portion of the body and into the heart. With its cage-life function, the IVC filter works to trap blood clots and disable them from reaching the lungs. When a patient is unable to use a blood thinner, they have the option to use an IVC filter implant.
While these filters can prevent a clot from reaching the patient’s lungs, there have been many patients who have had serious complications develop from using an IVC filter. Defective medical device attorneys have experienced the effects that damaged IVC filters have on the patients who use them and for this reason, the firm of faulty medical equipment lawyers is determined to have their clients compensated for the damages they endured by the faulty IVC filter that they had implanted. Sadly, many patients trust the medical technology and medical professionals that are caring for them, but shockingly, many medical mistakes present themselves on a daily basis.
IVC Filters Can Cause Severe Complications
IVC filters were made to prevent clots from reaching the lungs, yet they have introduced new complications to the patients who have them implanted. While not all IVC filters have been linked to complications, there are many that have created serious complications to the patients. In fact, out of every 4 IVC filters that are implanted in a patient, one of them will break or fracture inside their body, resulting in a life-threatening condition. Here are some of the serious complications that have been associated with IVC filters:
- IVC filter breaks
- IVC filter migrates to other areas of the body
- IVC filter fractures
- IVC filter perforates the vein
Any of the above complications can result in severe repercussions including additional surgeries, excessive bleeding internally, spinal penetration, and even death. FDA issued a warning letter to C.R Brad Inc and Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc in 2015 citing them for eight violations of federal law including illegally selling misbranded and adulterated filters, not reporting the side effects to the FDA, and withholding vital information from the FDA.
These are the following filters in the product line:
- Recovery Filter
- G2 Filter
- G2X Filter
- G2 Express Filter
In addition to Bard IVC filters, IVC filters from Cook Medical, have also been linked with complications. A patient who had any of these filters implanted during a procedure and suffered damages because of this device needs to seek the help of a defective medical malpractice attorney in assessing their case.
FAQs Concerning IVC Filters
Question: Which models of IVC filter have been named in a lawsuit?
Answer: As of today, there are eight different models fo IVC filters that are manufactured by Cook and Bard which are named in a lawsuit. Those models include Bard filters: Meridian, Recovery, Eclipse G2, G2 Express, and Denali. Cook filters include Select and Gunther Tulip.
Question: When was the first warning issued by the FDA?
Answer: The first warning issued by the FDA was in 2010. The warning was dispersed to patients and physicians and it stated that the longer that the filter was kept inside, the higher the risk the patient had in developing a complication. In addition, another warning was issued in 2014 that stated that the IVC filters needed to be removed within 54 days of it being implanted. The FDA stated that once these devices are implanted for longer than 54 days, the benefits of the device is shadowed by the possible complications that can surface.
Question: Have any IVC Filters been recalled?
Answer: The FDA has yet to recall any IVC filters, but the individual manufacturers have recalled certain models. For example, the Optease IVC Filter that was on the market between 2010 and 2013 was recalled by its manufacturer Cordis, in 2013 because it had unclear instructions on how to implant it.
Question: What major complications have been linked with IVC Filters?
Answer: IVC filters have been linked with the following complications:
- Punctured organs and veins
- Moving to other areas of the body
- Recurring blood clots
- Embolism in the heart and kidneys
- Break or fracture inside the body
Question: Do IVC filters have a class-action lawsuit against them?
Answer: Yes. In total, there have been three states that have filed lawsuits against IVC filters: California, Arizona, and Pennsylvania. In order to file a lawsuit or join the class-action lawsuit, potential plaintiffs do not have to reside in these states. In addition, personal injury lawsuits can be filed for IVC filter damages.
IVC Filter: Facts and Data
- More than 900 reports were made to the FDA by the year 2010; 328 of those incidents pertained to the filter migrating; 146 of those incidents pertained to the filter’s components detaching, 70 incidents pertained to the inferior vena perforation, and 56 incidents were from filter fractures
- About 350,000 to 600,000 people are affected every year by blood clots
- Blood clots that travel to the lungs(pulmonary embolism) will kill about 100,000 to 180,000 people every year
- Every year, about 250,000 people will have an IVC filter implanted
- Cook Medical IVC Filter has 1,918 claims pending against them in Federal court
Case Settlements Pending for IVC Filters
There have been no settlements made but there are cases pending against IVC Filter companies. Some of those cases include:
- The case is scheduled for October 23, 2017, and the plaintiff is Elizabeth Jane Hill of Florida. Her case involved a Select filter which embedded inside her intestines and punctured her vein. Physicians were unable to remove the device and after three years of having the device, she suffered from severe gastrointestinal symptoms, abdominal pain, and vomiting, just to name a few symptoms. The claim states that the company Cook failed to warn of the known risks.
- This case is scheduled for April 30, 2018, and the plaintiff is Arthur Gage. His case involves the Günther Tulip filter. Gage claims that the filter is unable to be removed because it perforated his vena cava.
Was a Defective IVC Filter the Result of Your Emotional and Financial Burden?
Patients who have had IVC filters implanted and have experienced symptoms and even complications and believe that the filter is what caused it, need to seek medical assistance and legal help from an experienced medical malpractice attorney from the Percy Martinez Law Firm. Medical devices should be assisting the patients, not further harming them. Those manufacturing these medical devices need to ensure that the device is 100% safe before allowing people to use it. The firm is available for their clients at any time and will not rest until those responsible for the IVC filter damages have paid.
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