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IVC Filters Claims

Approximately 250,000 people are implanted with inferior vena cava (IVC) filters in the U.S. each year. It is estimated that in the past 10 years, millions of filters have been implanted in patients found to be at risk of developing serious blood clots. IVC filters can be particularly effective for patients who are unable to take or have not had good results with blood-thinning medications.

IVC filters reduce the risk of blood clots by filtering blood and trapping any large clots which develop before they are able to reach the patient’s heart or lungs—a condition which, if allowed to occur, is often fatal. The filter is surgically implanted into the patient’s inferior vena cava, which is the largest vein in the body.

Doctors often use IVC filters in patients who are diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis (DVT), have pulmonary embolus, or have recently had surgery or given birth. Patients who are immobile or recently fell victim to trauma may be candidates for IVC filters as well. If you have suffered, you should contact an experienced IVC filter lawyer to discuss your potential claim.

Dangerous Designs

IVC filter patients have filed multiple lawsuits against the manufacturers of these filters, claiming the companies were negligent in the design. There have been dozens of deaths and hundreds of injuries linked to this defective design, which was found to cause bleeding, chronic pain, and organ damage.

One of the most dangerous potential issues involves pieces of the filter breaking off and migrating to other parts of the body. These filter pieces can then perforate the vena cava, the heart, or other organs. The pieces floating in the body can also cause a serious or fatal infection, or blockages that can cause the legs to swell.

Over the past several years, researchers have uncovered evidence suggesting that the companies who make these filters were aware of the dangers associated with their products, yet continued—even to this day—to market them.

Numerous complaints have been filed against the manufacturers of the following filters:

  • The Bard G2 Express Filter
  • The Bard G2 Filter
  • The Bard Recovery Filter
  • The Cook Celect Filter
  • The Cook Gunther Tulip Filter
  • The Boston Scientific Greenfield Filter

IVC Filter Lawsuits

Grounds for potential damages may include:

  • Design and manufacturing defects
  • Failure to warn consumers of known risks
  • Breach of implied warranty on the medical device
  • Negligence on the part of the manufacturing and/or marketing company

Victims who have suffered an adverse injury because of an IVC filter should consult with a dangerous product attorney to find out what legal recourse they may have against the company who manufactured the filter, as well as against any other possible negligent party.