IVC Filter Lawsuits Lawyer
Blood clots can pose a serious threat to your health, especially if they create a blockage or embolism in the heart or lungs. Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are medical devices that are used to filter blood clot fragments in the arteries coming from the legs or hips from reaching the heart or lungs. However, these devices can pose their own risks for health complications due to poor design and defective operation.
IVC filters are commonly inserted in patients with high risk of blood clots. The devices are usually temporary, meant to filter blood clots while risks are high, then be removed. The problem with IVC filters is that they can also cause blockages. There have been documented instances where parts of the IVC filter have broken off and traveled to the lungs or heart. There are also IVC filters that have become mobile, and the device itself has caused a blockage. Another risk is the IVC filter mobilizing and causing damage to internal organs.
Injuries from IVC Filter Failures
Many people who have IVC filters were told that the filter would be removed when the risk for blood clots was lowered. Unfortunately, in cases the IVC filter is not able to be removed. They can become imbedded in the artery wall or have other complications that makes them nearly impossible to remove. In the meantime, the patient is at risk of possible health complications from the device, including:
- Pulmonary embolism
- Cardio problems, including heart attack or heart swelling
- Perforation of arteries or organs
- Internal bleeding
IVC filters have the possibility of causing the exact health risk that they were meant to prevent and other injuries. If you have been injured by an IVC filter or lost a loved one to a defective IVC filter, contact our team at Moriarty Injury Lawyer to discuss your case. You may be eligible to receive compensation for medical bills, lost income and other damages caused by IVC filter failure.