Financial compensation may be available for individuals who have experienced complications from an Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filter.
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, several retrievable IVC filter designs have been linked to reports of serious complications, such as:
Heart or Lung Injury
Free consultations and claim evaluations are available to help individuals and families determine if financial compensation may be available through an IVC filter settlement due to dangerous design defects associated with these devices.
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.
Between 2005 and 2010, more than 921 adverse event reports were filed with the FDA involving IVC filter complications, including:
35% involved IVC Filter migration (328 reports)
15% involved IVC Filter embolization or detachment of device components (146 reports)
7.5% involved vena cava perforation (70 reports)
6% involved 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.
The potential for class action lawsuits and individual injury cases are being reviewed for individuals who received four primary types of IVC filter systems, as manufacturers may have placed their desire for profits before consumer safety.
Cook Gunther Tulip Filter
Introduced in 2000, the Gunther Tulip filter is made of a chromium and cobalt blend. It is designed to be retrieved after just a few weeks.
In April 2013, a study found that nearly all Gunther Tulip IVC filters may cause some perforation of the vena cava, and that 86% completely punched through the vein. About 40% were found to have tilted out of position once in place.
Bard Recovery IVC Filter
Approved by the FDA in 2002, the Bard Recovery is made of a metallic blend called Nitinol. Shortly after it was introduced, Bard Recovery IVC filter failure rates were higher than expected.
Bard Recovery filters have been found to fail between 21% and 31.7%, mainly due to pieces of the legs breaking free and traveling through the body, often migrating to the heart.
Bard G2 IVC Filter
Introduced by C.R. Bard as a second generation design in 2005, the Bard G2 filter has been linked to similar signs of problems as the first generation version.
Reports have linked Bard G2 blood clot filters with a failure rate as high as 12%, with findings suggesting that the incidence of Bard G2 filter fractures was proportional to the length of time the device was left in place.
Cook Celect IVC Filter
Introduced in 2007, the Cook Celect Filter is similar to the Gunther Tulip. While it is designed for successful retrieval at up to 50 weeks after implantation, similar reports of Cook Celect filter problems have been reported.
Research has suggested that the rate of blood clot filter perforations is significantly higher with Cook Celect filters, with one study finding a 43% incidence of strut perforation.
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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 blood clot filter injury 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.
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