Wexler Wallace LLP is currently investigating claims on behalf of patients who have an IVC filter device and are concerned about the side effects.
The inferior vena cava (IVC) is a large vein that carries deoxygenated blood from the lower body into the heart. Patients who are considered to be at high risk of a pulmonary embolism and are unable to use anticoagulant drugs may be implanted with an IVC filter. This spider-like wire is inserted into the inferior vena cava to catch clots in the bloodstream before they reach vital organs, breaking them down over time.
Numerous patients have reported complications resulting from design flaws with their IVC filters, including having the device break apart or fall out of place. In addition to these issues, patients have also reported several additional injuries, including:
- Difficulty removing the filter
- Blood clots where the device was inserted
- Chest pain
- Heart rhythm issues
Following at least 900 adverse reports, the FDA issued an updated safety communication in 2014 advising physicians to remove the filters from patients as soon as protection from pulmonary embolism is no longer needed.
If you have incurred damages due to an IVC filter device or are concerned about the side effects, you may be able to receive compensation. Please contact us to speak to an attorney about your potential claim.