Recovering After Your IVC Filter Failure
Doctors have used Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filters for years to prevent blood clots from reaching the lungs, despite causing severe side effects. These side effects are a result of failures of doctors, advising, and product manufacturing and placement.
Some patients are diagnosed with a high risk of a blood clot. It is then the responsibility of the doctor to provide information about the best courses of action. When the doctor decides that an IVC filter is the best option, it is their responsibility to disclose all of the risks. Similarly, it is the responsibility of the manufacturer to disclose the risks of the product to the doctor. If a patient gets an IVC filter without having received the proper information, the doctor or manufacturer can be held liable.
Potential Complications from IVC Filters
Any surgery has risks, even relatively non-invasive procedures. This includes the insertion and removal of IVC devices, as well as the risk involved in simply living with one inside you. There are many complications that are linked to IVC filters, including:
- Malposition – the device was either placed in the wrong place or was placed in the wrong position.
- Defective Filter Deployment– The IVC device is designed to expand once inside the vein, and failure to properly do so can cause problems.
- Migration – IVC filters have the risk of moving through the bloodstream to other parts of the body, including to the heart and lungs, requiring further surgery for removal.
- Thrombosis – Patients with IVC filters are at a higher risk for Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), or blood clots in major veins.
- Filter Fractures – IVC filters can fracture once inside the patient’s body and can migrate to the heart, lungs, and other places of the body.
- Perforation – Due to the design of the IVC filter, perforation of the venal walls is not uncommon.
- Infection – Infection can occur if the techniques used for insertion or removal are not strictly sterile.
IVC Filter Manufacturers Facing Lawsuits
Multiple IVC filter manufacturers have seen issues with their products in the past decade, leading to recalls and mandatory warnings on individual filter models. Some of these manufacturers and models include:
- CR Bard
- Recovery IVC
- G2 Express
- Denali IVC
- Cook Medical
- Günther Tulip
- Celect IVC
- Boston Scientific
Lamothe Law Firm’s Two-Fold Approach
When you sign on with Lamothe Law Firm for your IVC filter case, you are signing on to our comprehensive legal and medical approach. Our top priorities are our clients’ health and our clients’ defense.
1. Obtain immediate expert medical advice as to the location and possible removal of the IVC device
Lamothe Law Firm works closely with a skilled team of radiologist physicians to determine the precise location of your IVC filter, the extent of the damage, and if it needs to be removed.
2. Seek full monetary compensation for you by either mediation or litigation in the federal courts
Once we have determined the extent of the damage, we will work with you to understand the compensation you deserve and how to best obtain it from the institutions at fault.
Begin Your Recovery with Lamothe Law Firm
If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of an IVC filter complication, you may be entitled to compensation. We will investigate your condition and determine what you are owed for your pain, suffering, and losses.
Contact Lamothe Law Firm, LLC today to learn about your options and discuss your case: (504) 704-1414