IVC filters are supposed to save lives by protecting patients from blood clots in the lungs, but these devices are associated with a list of potential serious complications. James F. Humphreys & Associates, L.C. is prepared to help you get the compensation you may deserve after an injury from an IVC filter device.
IVC Filters: Overview
IVC filters are small wire devices that catch blood clots before they can get to the lungs and cause a pulmonary embolism. The IVC filter is placed in the inferior vena cava, which is a large vein carrying blood back to the lungs. Many blood clots that cause pulmonary embolisms form in the legs as a deep vein thrombosis (DVT). IVC filters are used in patients who are at high risk for developing a DVT and cannot use blood thinning medications. IVC filters are solely to prevent DVTs from becoming pulmonary embolisms and do not offer protection from the formation of blood clots.
However, a list of potentially fatal complications have been linked with the use of IVC filters, including:
- organ damage
- organ perforation
- blood clots
- pulmonary embolism
- device migration
- device fracture
- damage to the blood vessel at insertion
These complications have led to claims against IVC filter manufacturers for negligence in informing patients of risks.
If you or a loved one has had an IVC filter inserted and suffered from a serious complication, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact James F. Humphreys & Associates, L.C. today for a free consultation.
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Although there have been reported injuries with this device, the FDA has not withdrawn its approval at this time. Do not stop taking a prescribed medication without first consulting with your doctor. Discontinuing a prescribed medication without your doctor’s advice can result in injury or death.