IVC Filter Lawyer

Our law firm is currently handling lawsuits on behalf of individuals who received an Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filter to prevent blood clots. Patients with IVC filters claim that the devices punctured their veins and migrated or fractured, leading to serious injuries in many cases.

What Do We Know About IVC Filter Lawsuits?

IVC filter is a small metal cage-like device that is implanted surgically to avert recurring pulmonary embolism. An IVC filter is indicated for patients diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and an inability to move. Reports of injuries and death have been linked to IVC filters. The most serious complications are related to retrievable IVC filters, which are less effective at preventing blood clots and are designed for short-term use. The FDA advises patients that short-term IVC filters should be extracted between the 29th and 54th day after implantation.

The manufacturers of IVC filters may have been aware of medical complications associated with IVC filters, but did not adequately warn patients of these risks. More than 14,000 lawsuits have been filed against IVC filter manufacturers, including Cook Medical, Rex Medical, Cordis, and Bard since July 2019. As of November, 2021, there are over 8,000 lawsuits consolidated in the MDL litigation against Cook.

 IVC Filter Injuries

Defects related to IVC filters may lead to serious complications and even death. These include device migration, detached fragments in the body, perforated veins, complications while removing the filter, and additional surgery to remediate complications.

Can I Recover Compensation for My Injuries in a IVC Filter Lawsuit?

If you or a loved one has been injured by IVC Filter, you may recover compensation for any or all of the following:

  • Past and future medical expenses;
  • Past and future pain and suffering;
  • Loss of wages; and
  • Other economic losses related to your injury.

Liability Law and IVC Filters

  • Patients who have been injured by IVC Filters may bring a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer for defective design and manufacturing of the device.
  • Manufacturers may also be liable for failing to warn patients and surgeons about the risks of device migration and vein perforation associated with IVC filters.

IVC Filter and Medical Literature

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety alert with respect to retrievable IVC filters in 2010. There were nearly 1,000 reports of adverse events submitted by patients using the filters from 2005-2010. Device migration was the most frequent complication in these reports.

In 2014, the FDA reported concerns about retrievable IVC filters. The agency found that when inserted to address a short-term risk of pulmonary embolism, the IVC filters were not timely removed when the risk diminished.

The Journal of the American Medical Association found that IVC filter placement was linked to an increased 30-day mortality in patients with venous thromboembolic disease and a contraindication of anticoagulation.

How Our Law Firm Can Help You

The Lake Law Firm was founded by Edward J. Lake, Esq., a personal injury lawyer for over 25 years. Our dedicated team of attorneys is committed to seeking justice on behalf of those who have suffered injury or death due to the negligence of others. Our experienced attorneys handle many different types of pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, and other defective products. The lawyers in our firm have helped collect millions of dollars for their clients. The Lake Law Firm will advocate for you and your rights. Please contact us for a free confidential case evaluation.