IVC Retrievable Filter Causes Catastrophic Injuries

IVC Retrievable Filter Causes Catastrophic Injuries

Have you or anyone you know have an IVC retrievable filter?

In recent months, the IVC retrievable filter has been in the news about whether the medical device is safe for use. Recently, NBC news reported about the problem surrounding IVC filters and the catastrophic injuries caused by IVC filters, including 27 deaths that have been caused by medical device failure.

The IVC filter is a medical device.  It is installed into a patient’s inferior vena cava, a major vein that carries deoxygenated blood from the lower body to the heart. The retrievable IVC filter poses a significant risk to the patient. Medical experts, like The Journal of the American Medical Association, questioned whether the IVC retrievable filter provides any medical benefit but poses a significant risk to the patient. Medical journals report that 40% to 100% of the IVC retrievable filters will fracture or migrate. When IVC retrievable filter fractures, splinters, migrates, or explodes, the pieces from the IVC filter can lodge or pierce the heart, lung, liver, or kidney.  Injuries include:

  • Death
  • Organ injury
  • Stroke
  • Chest pain, shortness of breath
  • Internal bleeding or hemorrhaging
  • Pulmonary embolism

The Law Offices of Matthew L. Sharp is reviewing cases involving IVC Filters.  We provide a free consultation.  We work on a contingency fee, and we never charge any fees or costs unless we recover money on your behalf.