IVC Filter Lawsuits: Free Case Evaluation
The product liability lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential IVC filter lawsuits for individuals throughout the United States.
IVC Filters are medical devices implanted in the inferior vena cava to prevent blood clots from traveling to the lungs. However, certain designs used in recent years have been linked to reports of painful and life-threatening injuries after the filter fractured or moved out of position.
If an IVC filter fails, it may perforate the vena cava or individual struts may fracture or break. Due to the manufacturers’ failure to warn about the risk of problems, financial compensation may be available through an IVC filter settlement .
To find out if you or a loved one have an IVC filter case, complete our on-line form or call 1-800-522-0102.
IVC Blood Clot Filter Problems
Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filters are small, spider-like devices that are inserted into the vein to “catch” blood clots traveling to the lungs.
The blood clot filters are an alternative treatment for patients at risk of a pulmonary embolism, which may be used when an anticoagulant is contraindicated or has been ineffective.
A number of legs or struts extend out from the filter, which is placed within the inferior vena cava. However, many devices appear to be defectively designed and prone to fracture, migrate or fail.
The FDA has been raising concerns about problems with IVC filters since August 2010, when an initial communication was issued to alert doctors about risks associated with retrievable filters intended for short-term placement.
- 35% involving IVC Filter migration (328 reports)
- 15% involving IVC Filter embolization or detachment of device components (146 reports)
- 7.5% involving vena cava perforation (70 reports)
- 6% involving IVC Filter fractures (56 reports)
In May 2014, the FDA issued a safety communication update that recommended doctors to remove IVC filters about one to two months after the risk of pulmonary embolism has passed. This was designed to reduce the risk of IVC filters tilting, shifting, perforating or breaking and traveling to the heart or lungs, which may be more likely to occur the longer the device is in place.
Due to inadequate IVC filter warnings and instructions provided by the manufacturers, many doctors have left the blood clot filters in the vena cava for long-periods of time, increasing the risk that the IVC filter may fail and cause severe and potentially deadly side effects.
Free consultations are provided by the IVC blood clot filter lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. to help determine if financial compensation may be available for individuals who have experienced problems. Request a free claim evaluation or call 1-800-522-0102.
Some of the IVC Filter Cases Reviewed
Bard Recovery Filter
Introduced by C.R. Bard in 2002, and linked to reports of problems
Bard G2 IVC Filter
Second generation retrievable IVC filter introduced in 2005
Cook Celect and Gunther Tulip Filters
Similar designs linked to reports of problems
Cordis IVC Filters
OptEase and TrapEase filters pose high risk of strut fractures
It is not necessary to know what type of IVC blood clot filter was implanted. Our lawyers can help!
Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. provides free consultations and case evaluations to help determine what benefits may be available for individuals who have suffered problems like:
- Perforation of Vena Cava
- IVC Filter Migration or Tilting
- Fracture or Breaking of Filter
- Chest Pain, Shortness of Breath
- Cardiac or Pericadial Tamponade
- Ventrical Tachycardia
- Filter Fragments in Heart or Lungs
- Inability to Retrieve Filter
- Emergency Open Heart Surgery
- Other Complications
IVC Filter Class Action Lawsuit Allegations
Individual injury lawsuits and potential class action claims are being pursued in courts nationwide involving several different types of IVC filters. Lawsuits indicate that the desire for profits was placed before consumers safety, alleging that the manufacturers:
- Failed to Adequately Research Retrievable IVC Filter Designs;
- Failed to Properly Investigate Reports of Problems When IVC Filters Were Left In Place;
- Failed to Warn About Risk of IVC Filter Complications and Importance of Removing Filter When Risk of Blood Clot Had Passed;
- Failed to Issue IVC Filter Recalls After The Unreasonable Risk Was Apparent;
- Designed and Sold Defective and Unreasonably Dangerous Products;
No Fees or Expenses Unless You Receive a IVC Filter Settlement
Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. is a nationally known injury law firm that is focused exclusively on representing individuals, we do not represent corporations or insurance companies.
Over the course of more than 40 years, our personal injury lawyers have collected more than $1 billion in compensation for our clients in cases of medical malpractice, automobile accidents, product liability and other personal injury lawsuits.
All IVC Filter lawsuits will be handled by our attorneys on a contingency fee basis, which means that there are never any out-of-pocket expenses to hire our law firm and we only receive a fee if compensation is secured for our client.
Protect your family and find out if you or a loved one may be eligible for an IVC filter failure settlement. Request a free consultation and case evaluation.