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IVC Filter Lawsuit

Important notice to all recipients of retrievable inferior vena cava filters (IVCs): These devices can pose a high risk of failure. A defective filter can fracture, migrate to other parts of the body, and puncture veins and internal organs, causing potentially fatal complications.

Joe and Martin Injury Attorneys is currently accepting injury claims related to IVC filter use throughout South Carolina. Anyone who has suffered adverse side effects due to an IVC filter is urged to contact our attorneys immediately for a FREE case evaluation. Call us toll-free at (843) 357-8000, or fill out our online contact form. Our personal injury attorneys are standing by to help answer all of your questions and guide you through the difficult claims process.

Recent FDA Reports

An IVC filter is a cone-shaped wire cage that catches clots in the blood stream, preventing them from moving to the lungs. They can be a life-saver for patients who are unable to take anticoagulants (blood thinners). However, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) discovered that the filters can actually harm or even kill. In 2010, the FDA received 921 adverse event reports. Of these reports:

  • In 56 cases, the filter fractured.
  • In 70 cases, the filter punctured the inferior vena cava.
  • In 146 cases, the filter broke, leaving pieces in the bloodstream.
  • In 328 cases, the device moved to different parts of the body.

In 2014, the FDA released further IVC filter safety instructions stating that these devices must be removed as soon as the patient’s risk of a pulmonary embolism subsides (within 29-54 days). Unfortunately, the warning came too late for some.

Dangerous Side Effects

Injuries and dangerous side effects resulting from use of a defective IVC filter include:

  • Cardiac Tamponade (disruption of the heart caused by excess fluid)
  • Hemorrhagic Pericardial Effusion (blood around the heart)
  • Perforation of the heart
  • Perforation of the lungs
  • Puncturing of the vena cava
  • Ventricular Tachycardia (accelerated heart beat)

For detailed information regarding the removal of IVC filters, click here.

Contact Joe and Martin Injury Attorneys Now

At Joe and Martin Injury Attorneys, we pride ourselves in defending the public’s safety and legal rights by holding these large companies accountable for their negligence. We’d be honored to represent you during your IVC filter case. We have the necessary experience required for handling complex mass tort cases for defective medical devices, but don’t just take our word for it. Contact us today at (843) 357-8000 and speak to our legal professionals in a FREE case evaluation.