Recalls and Lawsuits Surrounding IVC Filters

Recalls and Lawsuits Surrounding IVC Filters

At nearly all times, doctors and medical professionals are trying to keep their patients as safe and healthy as possible. However, sometimes this concern goes by the wayside, and this has been the case with the IVC filter recall.

What Are IVC Filters?

Before diving straight into the lawsuits surrounding the IVC filter recall, let’s first explain what an IVC filter is.

IVC filters were developed by medical manufacturers in order to prevent blood clots. Blood clots are extremely dangerous for many individuals. Clotting of the blood is usually good. For example, if you have a large wound, you want the blood to clot at the wound so that you don’t lose a large amount of blood. However, not all blood clots are good.

Pulmonary embolisms, for example, are blood clots within the lungs. These occur when a blood clot or object from somewhere else in the body travels to a lung and prevents oxygen from reaching the lung tissue. Pulmonary embolisms can end in death.

IVC filters were developed to prevent blood clots like pulmonary embolisms. They are essentially a catch for blood clots that occur within the inferior vena cava, which is the body’s largest vein. The thought is that if a blood clot is caught here, it will not be able to travel to the lungs or heart where it could cause further damage.

The ironic thing about IVC filters is that they can actually cause their own kind of medical damage. For example, once they need to be removed, the process can be extremely dangerous and difficult for medical professionals and doctors. Furthermore, while the IVC filter is in the body, it may accidentally fracture or break, which can cause pieces of it to end up traveling to the lungs or heart themselves and causing blood clots and even death.

Because of the serious risks, there are actually more risks associated with having an IVC filter implanted than would be present otherwise.

IVC Filter Recall Warnings

There have been two safety communications from the FDA concerning these devices. One was in 2010, and the other safety communication was in 2014. From 2005 to 2010, over 900 reports of adverse events were communicated to the FDA about IVC filters. They were causing numerous issues, including filter breaks, perforation of other body parts by the filter, migration of the filter out of the inferior vena cava, and detaching parts of the filter, which ended up causing embolization.

Lawsuits surrounding the IVC filter recall are mounting. If you or a loved one has been affected by IVC filters, contact a lawyer who can help you recover the damages you deserve as soon as possible. If you are unsure whether or not you would qualify to open a lawsuit, still consider talking to a reputable lawyer in your area who can lay out your legal options.

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