The interior vena cafa carries deoxygenated blood from the lower body to the heart and lungs. Embolisms occurring in the legs can block the flow of this blood into the heart and lungs, and ultimately the pulmonary arteries. Known as a pulmonary embolism, this blockage can inhibit breathing, cause chest pain, and even result in death.
IVC filters are implanted just below the kidneys in the interior vena cafa and are designed to capture embolisms before they reach the pulmonary arteries in patients who have not responded well to traditional anticoagulation therapy. Intended for short-term use only, these devices are not supposed to interfere with normal blood flow, allowing instead the body to deal with an embolism over the course of a few days without placing the patient in additional danger. However, IVC filters pose risks of their own and some studies have called into questions their efficacy even when not defective
Dangers Posed by IVC Filters
IVC filters are now linked to hundreds of injuries and a handful of deaths due to device migration and fracture, embolization, perforation of internal organs, and filter failure. These serious risks can result in complications including:
- Damage to lungs
- Damage to the interior vena cafa
- Pericardial Tamponade
- Lower limb deep vein thrombosis
- Ventricle Tachycardia
- Heart rhythm problems
- Chest pain
- Pulmonary embolism
A migrating or fragmented IVC filter may also result in light headedness and nausea, confusion, and breathing irregularities. If you have an IVC filter and experience any of these symptoms, it is best to discuss them with your healthcare provider immediately. If your device has failed or moved out of place, our Alabama defective medical device attorneys can help.
There is currently litigation involving risks posed by:
- The Bard Recovery filter
- The Bard G2 and G2 Express filters
- The Cook Gunther Tulip filter
- The Cook Celect filter
Additional IVC filters, including the Bard Eclipse, Merdian, and Denali, pose similar risks.
At Long & Long, our defective medical device attorneys have decades of combined experience and a proven track record of holding negligent device manufacturers accountable. We are here to take your case and fight for your rights to help ensure you are awarded every penny you are due.
Failure to Warn
Bard and its competitors failed to properly warn patients and inform physicians of the dangers posed by IVC filters. Because of this, thousands of people have been placed in danger of serious injury, or death. But, the risks posed by these defects went largely unreported thanks to an FDA approval process that does not require device manufacturers to fully test products that are similar to those already on the market. This loophole, commonly exploited by medical device manufacturers, may ultimately see thousands more injured by IVC filters. If you are among them, Long & Long is here to help you get the justice you deserve.