What is an IVC Filter and What are the Risks?
An IVC filter is a medical device implanted in a large vein known as the inferior vena cava (IVC) in an effort to keep blood clots from traveling from the legs to the lungs. There are two types of IVC filters – permanent and retrievable. If you are only facing a temporary risk for forming blood clots, a retrievable filter will typically be used. However, when these filters fracture, pieces of metal can become lodged in other areas of the body and lead to severe injuries like organ puncture, pulmonary embolism, or death. Many people who have endured side effects like these are filing lawsuits for IVC complications.
How is the Filter Implanted?
Typically, a surgeon will implant the filter in the inferior vena cava, just below the area where your kidneys are located. The surgeon will usually use a device that looks similar to a catheter to insert the filter through a small incision. Once the filter is in place, the catheter will be taken out and a bandage will be applied to the site of the insertion.
What Sort of Legal Action Can I Take if I’ve been Injured Due to an IVC Filter Malfunction?
You may be able to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of an IVC filter if the device was defective, failed to perform in the manner the manufacturer claimed it would, or was unreasonably dangerous. If you qualify to take legal action, you may be able to bring forth claims such as negligence, failure to warn or others.