IVC Filter Injuries
Although each manufacturer takes a slightly different approach to the design and marketing of its IVC filters, each type of filter has been found to cause serious injuries to patients.
The most serious complications arising from the use of IVC filters are fracture, open surgery to remove all or part of the fractured device, migration into organs, and death.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury due to an IVC filter implant, Wagstaff & Cartmell may be able to help.
Lawsuits pertaining to IVC filters assert that these devices are malfunctioning frequently due to their flawed design.
According to the IVC Filter complaints, the device’s makers neglected to alert doctors and patients of the higher danger of the filter shattering and metal pieces entering the bloodstream and perhaps injuring an organ.
The most common manufacturers of IVC filters are: C.R. Bard, Cook Medical, and Cordis.
The manufacturer C.R. Bard, is accused of concealing the findings of their own study, which concluded that the filter was hazardous, and of forging an employee’s signature on an FDA application to obtain approval.
The Bard Recovery filter, Bard G2 filter, Bard G2 Express filter, Cook Gunther Tulip filter, and Cook Celect filter are the five items that are most frequently at issue in IVC filter litigation. The Bard Eclipse, Bard Merdian, and Bard Denali filters are among the other filters that are producing issues.
Frequently, an IVC filter breaks and tiny, sharp metal fragments enter the patient’s circulatory system, or the filter shifts completely out of place. In any case, there is a risk of serious, excruciating, and even fatal damage.
Other organs may sustain subsequent damage from a ruptured artery. By breaking through the walls of the heart chamber, the metal fragments can even enter the heart itself and induce arrhythmia, or an irregular beating.
Additionally, it may lead to a condition called cardiac tamponade, in which blood or pus seeps into the pericardium, the tissue lining the heart muscle, creating pressure and disrupting the beating.
You may require legal assistance if you or a loved one had an IVC filter implant and subsequently suffered a fracture of the device, necessitating one or more surgeries or procedures to remove the device, or died as a result of the device. Our injury attorneys can review your case and assist you in realizing your legal rights. To further assess your claim, please get in touch with us by phone at 816-701-1100 or through the online form.