As the number of lawsuits over defective inferior vena cava (IVC) filters continues to increase, a new study by Baylor Scott & White has found that the natural movement of the inferior vena cava could be causing the filters to fail.
IVC filters are small, umbrella-shaped wire structures that are implanted directly into the vein to catch blood clots and prevent them from traveling to the lungs. They are often used as a temporary solution for individuals who have a high risk of developing blood clots.
Unfortunately, there are nearly 1,500 lawsuits alleging that many IVC filters fracture after being implanted, which can result in filters that:
- Embed themselves in the vein
- Puncture the vein, which can cause internal bleeding
- Move out of position, often toward the lungs
- Send small pieces throughout the body
Many of these problems can cause severe health issues, including death. That is why the FDA has recommended that IVC filters be removed about one to four months after patients are no longer at-risk for suffering a fatal blood clot.
However, some doctors are not following up with the patient to initiate this removal process, and the filters become harder to remove the longer they are implanted in the vein.
Now, with this new study, researchers realize that the IVC filters may not have been built to withstand the natural “foreshortening and flattening” of the vena cava.
If you or a loved one has suffered a severe injury or died because of a defective IVC filter, you may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, and other costs. Contact the personal injury attorneys in Cincinnati at O’Connor, Acciani & Levy to discuss your claim.
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