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What Is an IVC Filter?

For certain people, blood clots from their lower body can enter the respiratory system through a vein called the inferior vena cava, causing a life-threatening embolism. An inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is a small, wiry device that helps prevent these blood clots from entering the lungs.

Some long-term IVC filters have been relatively successful. For example, the Simon Nitinol Filter has been in use since the early 1990s with very few reported complications.

However, in recent years, biotech companies have introduced “retrievable” IVC filters, which were designed for people who only needed a filter temporarily, such as bariatric or trauma patients. Many of these “temporary” filters were wrongfully marketed as permanent solutions. When used on a long-term basis, these retrievable filters can cause serious and sometimes fatal injuries.

If you or someone you love suffered harm because of an implanted IVC filter, contact us today to get a free, no-risk assessment of your case from one of our experienced Virginia injury attorneys.

Common IVC Filter Injuries

IVC filter complications may begin with the device breaking, moving, or migrating. Then, the filter may puncture the vein or nearby organs. It can also embed itself in the vein to the point of being impossible to remove. This can lead to injury or death.

Complications may occur either because the doctor inserted the device incorrectly or because the device was defective to begin with.

Improperly Inserted IVC Filters

Sometimes doctors improperly insert an IVC filter at an angle, increasing the patient’s risk of pulmonary embolism. Other times, the surgeon inserts the wrong size of filter, which allows it to migrate somewhere else in the body. These cases typically involve medical malpractice rather than product liability law.

Defective IVC Filters

Some filters are simply defective and fail to properly open. Others, especially retrievable filters installed for more than a year, can break and then perforate veins and other cardiac structures. Defective filters can also cause blood clots to build up in the vena cava, causing a painful and dangerous condition called caval thrombosis. Claims involving defective filters fall under the area of product liability law.

Unfortunately, many IVC filter patients don’t know about their device’s defects until it’s too late.

The Phelan Petty Approach to IVC Filter Claims

When you work with the products liability team at Phelan Petty, you’ll get the support and relentless advocacy of our experienced group of Virginia personal injury lawyers, trained support staff, and medical experts. Our team will work together to develop your claim and help you understand your rights. And, unlike some of the “big box” national law firms, we get to know our clients personally and keep them informed at every step of the legal process.

If you or someone you love suffered harm because of an implanted IVC filter, contact us today to get a free, no-risk assessment of your case from one of our experienced Virginia injury attorneys.

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