Brown & Crouppen is investigating claims related to a medical device called an Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filter, which has been shown to cause serious injuries to some recipients, including organ perforation, punctured veins, and death.

What is an IVC Filter?

IVC filters were conceived to stop and catch blood clots traveling in the inferior vena cava in order to prevent a pulmonary embolism. They are small, spider-like devices of thin metal wire that are implanted against the walls of the inferior vena cava. They are used in patients who have a high risk of developing a pulmonary embolism but have not responded well to anticoagulant therapy (i.e., blood thinners).

How Does an IVC Filter Become Life-Threatening?

The filters have been found to have a design defect that allows them to break apart. The metal wire “legs” of the device can break away and be carried by the bloodstream to other parts of the patient’s body, such as the heart or lungs, where they can cause severe, potentially life-threatening injury.

Symptoms of problems with an IVC filter could include:

  • persistent chest pain or shortness of breath
  • fast, abnormal heart rate
  • weakness
  • neck pain
  • confusion
  • lightheadedness
  • nausea
  • cough

IVC failures often result in emergency medical treatment. A CT scan or cardiac catheterization may need to be performed to determine whether an implanted IVC filter has fractured or migrated.

Reported problems from the use of IVC filters include:

  • perforation of heart and lung tissue
  • hemorrhaging and internal bleeding
  • nerve damage
  • hematomas
  • strokes
  • heart attacks
  • ventricular tachycardia (a racing and irregular heartbeat)
  • cardiac or pericardial tamponade (pressure on the heart from the buildup of fluids or gas)
  • infections
  • pulmonary embolism
  • deep vein thrombosis
  • death

Several brands of IVC filters have been the subject of complaints. These include:

C. F. Bard, Inc. Filters:

  • Recovery™
  • G2™
  • G2 X™
  • G2 Express™
  • Eclipse™
  • Meridian™

Cook Medical Filters:

  • Gunther Tulip™
  • Celect™

Breakage and migration are a risk with any IVC filter, but subsequent medical studies have shown that the risk is higher from the Bard filters. These studies have shown that the failure rate of the Bard Recovery IVC filter is roughly 21% to 32%; some have questioned whether these IVC filters produce any benefit at all.

Find Justice — and Compensation. Contact the Lawyers of Brown & Crouppen.

If you or someone you care about has had an IVC filter implanted, you may be entitled to compensation, and the team at Brown & Crouppen would like to hear from you.

Call us at toll-free at 800-536-4357 today for a free case evaluation, or tell us about your case with our Free Case Review form. We can help you make informed decisions about your legal rights. And remember, there’s no up-front cost to you since we work on a contingency fee basis. In other words, if you don’t get paid, we don’t get paid.

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