Philadelphia IVC Filter Lawyers
When a Product Meant to Improve Your Health Causes Harm
Medical devices are often inserted into the body in order to correct life-threatening conditions and prevent new complications. Patients at risk for dangerous blood clots may receive an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter to prevent clots from reaching the heart or lungs. Leaving a foreign object in the body has risks, however, and there are numerous ways that an IVC filter can fail. A defective IVC filter can cause serious injury or even death.
IVC Filter Risks
The inferior vena cava is the primary blood vessel that delivers blood from the lower body to the heart. If a clot forms in a patient’s leg, it can travel up the IVC to the heart or lungs, causing deadly complications. Patients who are at risk for blood clots but cannot be treated with an anti-coagulant due to a medical condition may have a filter inserted into their IVC. The filter has a spider-like shape that is designed to catch the clot while still allowing blood to pass through.
IVC filters are an effective tool for patients with a high clot risk, but they have shown a tendency to break down over time, putting the patient in danger. Common complications include:
- Filter migration – the filter shifts from its intended position
- Filter fracture – the filter breaks, creating sharp edges and potentially sending pieces through the bloodstream
- Embolization – the filter blocks blood flow completely
These complications can result in serious injury, including:
- Perforation of blood vessels or major organs
- Pulmonary embolism
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Severe pain or bleeding
Patients may need extensive surgery to remove the filter and correct these conditions; in some cases, injuries from IVC filters can be fatal.
Manufacturers Accused of Concealing Dangers of IVC Filters
In 2010, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was prompted to release a safety warning about IVC filters after receiving over 900 complaints of adverse events. The warning reminded physicians that the filter should be removed as soon as the risk of clot has passed, ideally within 29 to 54 days of implantation. The FDA has also cited C.R. Bard Medical (Bard), the largest manufacturer of IVC filters, for numerous violations, including failing to report potential device defects and misfiling patient complaints.
There have been many product liability lawsuits against IVC filter manufacturers in recent years. Most allege that the devices are inherently flawed, and that companies failed to alert doctors and patients to the devices’ risks of malfunction. Some companies have been accused of marketing the devices for long-term use, despite the increased risk to patients if left in the body after a short period.
Philadelphia IVC Filter Lawyers at McCann & Wall, LLC Provide Comprehensive Representation to Victims of Defective Medical Devices
Patients rely on medical devices to keep them alive and well. When companies deceive doctors and patients about the effectiveness and potential risks of their products, the results can be catastrophic. Patients and their families who have suffered due to a defective medical device can pursue legal action and recover compensation for their losses.
The Philadelphia products liability lawyers at McCann & Wall, LLC have the knowledge and experience to handle all types of product liability cases involving defective medical devices. We are committed to holding those responsible for your suffering accountable for their negligence and getting you the compensation to which you are entitled. With offices conveniently located in Philadelphia, Abington, Haddonfield, Wilmington, and Media, we help injured patients and their families throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. Call us today at 215-569-8488 or 302-888-1221 or contact us online for a free consultation with a Philadelphia IVC filter lawyer today.