An IVC filter is a type of medical device that is implanted into the body to prevent blood clots from traveling to the lungs. It is typically implanted in the inferior vena cava, which is a major vein of the heart. The filter is also called a inferior vena cava filter, blood clot filter, and retrievable body clot filter. IVC filters were originally placed in the body on a permanent basis, but newer filters are sometimes designed to be removable so that they can be removed when they are no longer needed.
IVC filters are generally used to prevent life-threatening blood clot situations. Their overall effectiveness and safety rating is not fully clear, and they are not intended to replace certain treatments such as the administering of medication.
Are There Any Health Risks Associated with IVC filters?
IVC filters are associated with several side effects, some of them life-threatening. Side effects and health risks can include:
- Migration (movement) of the filter into unwanted areas of the body
- Fracture of the filter
- Perforation of the inferior vena cava vein
- Arterial hemorrhage
- Perforation of other areas in the body such as the heart
Thus, one main concern with an IVC filter is that it can cause severe damage if it moves from where it was originally implanted or pieces of it break off and travel to other parts of the body, where these pieces can be lodged and cause problems. These types of situations can be life-threatening and may require surgery to retrieve the filter or the filter parts.
What Types of Legal Remedies Are Available for IVC Filter Issues?
Serious injuries caused by an IVC filter may result in legal action. In such cases, the injured person may recover a monetary damages award for their losses. This can cover expenses related to the injury, such as additional hospital bills and lost wages. Liable parties can include physicians, surgeons, and hospital staff, especially if there are instances of medical malpractice involved. Some states place limits on the amount of damages that can be recovered in medical malpractice claims
Manufacturers or distributors of faulty IVC filters may also be found liable, depending on the case. Suspected distributor and manufacturer liability can lead to a class action IVC filter lawsuit.
Should I Hire a Lawyer for Help with an IVC Filter Lawsuit?
IVC filters have been known to create health risks and they can sometimes lead to severe injuries. You may need to hire a products and services lawyer in your area if you need assistance with an IVC filter claim. Your attorney can research the injury laws in your area if you need any advice or guidance regarding a claim. Also, if you need to appear in court, your attorney can represent you during those important times as well.