IVC (inferior vena cava) filters were originally designed to prevent potentially deadly blood clots from migrating from the lower body to the heart and lungs. The filters, which are made up of thin, wiry mesh, are placed into the largest vein to cease the ascension of the clot. Unfortunately, after placement, the filters could split and break off, damaging other veins and vital organs. Countless patients have been left with serious health complications and many have even died. Despite the thousands of product liability lawsuits that have been filed against the manufacturers, physicians continue to implant the device in patients.
IVC Filter Complications
The insertion of IVC filters has caused multiple health complications for a number of patients. The FDA received over 900 reports of medical complications between the years of 2005 and 2010. Despite this alarming statistic, nearly 250,000 patients continue to receive IVC filters every year. For some patients who cannot take anticoagulants, this may be the only alternative to preventing the migration of blood clots. Still, the device may endanger the lives and well-being of patients and result in injuries and complications including the following:
- Migration of filter
- Detachment of filter parts
- Perforation of vein or organ from filter
- Fracture of filter
- Severe pain
- Shortness of breath
In some cases, the IVC filter remains safely intact for the term of treatment. This does not mean that the patient is free from danger. Complications in removing the device may pose a problem for the patient. Significant risks accompany the extraction of the filter including:
- Abnormal position of filter
- Imbedding of filter in the inferior vena cava
- Filter protrusion via blood vessel or vein
- Development of blood clots in the filter
IVC Filter Litigation
Thousands of lawsuits and class action litigation citing the damage that IVC filters inflict on patients continue to be filed nationwide. Allegedly, two of the main manufacturers of IVC filters knew about the fatalities and severe injuries associated with their product and did not remove them from widespread medical usage. Many of the lawsuits allege that the products contained design flaws, yet the companies continued to market them despite having full knowledge of the problems. They accuse them of a failure to warn patients, their families, and the medical community about the defects the IVC filters contained and risks involved. They further state that the manufacturers concealed information about the defective nature of the filters and the danger associated with using the product. They allege that the company jeopardized the health and safety of the patients in order to profit from sales of IVC filters.
Philadelphia Products Liability Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Represent Clients in IVC Filter Lawsuits
The danger of IVC filters continues to put patients’ lives at risk, and the multiple lawsuits that appear confirms the severity of the allegations. If you or someone you love was injured due to the use of an IVC filter or another defective medical device, our Philadelphia IVC filter lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC will examine your case and advise you on the best course of legal action to take. Call us at 215-569-8488 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. We represent clients in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.