Designed to prevent life-threatening strokes, Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters are supposed to protect patients from dangerous blood clots. However, these defective devices have been linked to serious injuries or death.
The defective product liability lawyers at the law offices of O’Connor, Acciani and Levy are experienced in handling dangerous product litigation. We can help you seek compensation through an IVC filter lawsuit if you or someone you love was injured because of this dangerous device.
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FRACTURE / EMBOLIZATION WARNING SIGNS
IVC filters have been linked to a number of potentially life-threatening side effects.
The IVC filter is a small, spider-like shaped implant that works by trapping blood clots before they can travel to vital organs such as the lungs or heart. If these clots travel to the lungs, they can form a life-threatening pulmonary embolism.
A pulmonary embolism can occur when blood clots travel through the bloodstream and become lodged near the lung. This can cause a sudden blockage of the artery that brings blood into the lungs, causing serious and potentially fatal injuries.
A problem linked to Bard IVC Filters is the possibility that they might fracture. The struts or legs of the filters can break off and migrate from the vena cava to other parts of the body, including vital organs such as the heart or lungs, leading to fatal injuries, which may include:
- Cardiac/pericardial tamponade
- Chronic excruciating pain
- Perforation of vital tissue, vessels or organs
The acute onset of chest pain coupled with shortness of breath is a sign of trouble. If you experience any of these complications or a heart issue from a Bard IVC filter, contact a medical professional immediately. You should then contact one of our reputable attorneys because you may be entitled to compensation through an IVC filter lawsuit.
FDA IVC FILTER WARNINGS
If you are at risk of developing life-threatening blood clots, you might have agreed to insert this device so you could save your life. That decision could kill you.
Since 2005, the Food and Drug Administration(FDA) has received over 900 adverse event reports involving Inferior Vena Cava filters. The FDA received reports of:
- Device migrations
- Embolizations or detachment of the device components
- IVC perforations
- IVC filter fractures
As a result, the FDA released a safety communication in 2010 to recommend physicians to consider removing IVC filters from patients.
Bard IVC filters were initially marketed to remain in the body for a finite period of time and are meant to be retrievable.
The typical life span of the filters is 24 months, but some doctors allow the devices to be left in place for up to 50 months – twice as long as the recommended time frame.
Many companies manufacture and sell IVC filter devices. However, studies show that the Bard Peripheral Vascular RecoveryTM and G2TM IVC filter models have been linked to particularly high rates of fracture and migration.
Defective Bard IVC filters are linked to serious and potentially life-threatening injuries. For example, the devices may break or fracture, leaving pieces to travel through the bloodstream, and to the heart and lungs. This can result in a number of internal injuries, including punctures of the heart, lungs and vena cava.
Numerous individuals have filed IVC filter lawsuits against Bard because of these dangerous risks. You too may be entitled to compensation through an IVC filter lawsuit.
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