You consented to having an IVC filter implanted after your doctor advised you that you had a dangerous blood clot that could travel to your lungs and result in a pulmonary embolism. At the time and with the information that you had, you believed that having the filter implanted in your inferior vena cava vein was the best course of treatment to prevent a blood clot from reaching your lungs.
But You Didn’t Know About the Potential Risks of IVC Filters
IVC filters resemble metal cages that are inserted into the inferior vena cava to trap the blood clot before it can travel to the lungs. These filters have been used in the United States for decades. However, since 2010 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued several safety communications about IVC filters.
Some of the identified risks include:
- The IVC filter moving or shifting within the body.
- The IVC filter breaking apart within the body.
- The IVC filter migrating within the body and entering the heart or a lung.
- The IVC filter perforating the inferior vena cava.
These problems can result in significant injuries, including:
- Allowing the blood clot to move past the IFC filter and into a lung.
- Internal organ damage.
- Internal bleeding.
- Blood vessel damage.
IVC filters were designed to be used in the body temporarily. Many of the risks and injuries occur when an IVC filter is left in the body after the risk of developing a pulmonary embolism has passed.
Protect Your Legal Recovery After an IVC Filter Injury
Other people who have been hurt by IVC filters have filed lawsuits claiming that the device manufacturer was negligent. More specifically, they allege that the IVC filter manufacturer designed a defective medical device and failed to adequately warn patients of the risks of injury that were known or should have been known to the manufacturer.
If you’ve suffered an injury then you should speak to an experienced medical device injury lawyer as soon as possible. You may be able to recover damages for your medical expenses, lost income, and other injuries if you take steps to protect your legal rights.
Our Iowa IVC filter injury lawyers would be pleased to provide you with a free consultation at any of our Iowa offices—Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, or Quad Cities—or we will come to you if that is more convenient for you. To schedule your meeting, please call, text, or email us today. We also invite you to download a free copy of our report, IVC Filters: What You Need to Know About Them, to learn more about your rights and potential recovery.