An inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is a small medical device that is implanted deep inside the body to disrupt blood clots and prevent strokes and other life-threatening events. Unfortunately, these devices have been shown to frequently fracture, migrate, and even perforate internal organs which can lead to potentially deadly side effects.
A recent study conducted by the New England Society for Vascular Surgery noted a 31% fracture rate in IVC filters. Most of the splinters found their way to patients’ right ventricles of the heart.
These devices were never initially intended for permanent placement although certain manufacturers have allegedly petitioned for the device to be approved as a permanent implant. In contrast, the FDA now recommends these devices be removed as soon as possible once the risk of pulmonary embolism subsides.
If you or a loved one were implanted with an IVC Filter and experienced:
- Device broke or splintered
- Device moved from its original implant location
- Device punctured a blood vessel or organ
- Device became unremovable
- Device tilted
Contact Knightline Legal today to speak with an experienced attorney to determine if you may qualify. There are time deadlines to file a claim so don’t wait — act now.