IVC Filter FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions About IVC Filters
IVC filters have been used as life-saving devices, but they are often defective and cause long-term complications in many patients. You may need to secure a West Virginia IVC filter attorney to help your case. However, we know that many patients have experienced severe complications and side effects due to faulty IVC filters manufactured by various companies. Today, the West Law Firm wants to discuss these devices with you and answer some commonly asked questions. You can count on our team to secure the compensation you deserve if you have been injured due to a defective IVC filter.
What Does An IVC Filter Do?
Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are used in patients who are at risk of pulmonary embolisms (blood clots) who cannot tolerate the use of blood thinner medications for medical reasons. IVC filters are small cage-like devices that are surgically implanted into a patient’s body to catch blood clots before they get to the lungs or heart.
- As many as 250,000 IVC filters are implanted into patients each year in the US.
Which Companies Are Involved In These Cases?
We know that IVC filters from the manufacturers Cook Medical and C.R. Bard have been known to cause serious injuries and even death. The following brands have been known to cause complications:
- Bard’s Recovery®
- G2® Express (G2®X)
- Denali® Vena Cava Filters
What Dangers Do IVC Filters Pose To Patients?
IVC filters are not meant to be long-term solutions for the treatment of venous thromboembolism. When an IVC filter is recommended, most doctors do not suggest using it for periods longer than 29 to 54 days after implantation. Some of the side effects of these devices include:
- Device migration – the device moving from the place of implantation
- Fractures in the filter
- Perforation of the vena cava
- Embolization (parts of the device move to the heart and lungs)
- Difficulty removing the filter
- Misplacement of the filter
- Sudden death
The FDA has recommended that IVC filters be removed from a patient as soon as possible once the risk of pulmonary embolism decreases. However, many of these devices are not easily and successfully removed. Removal of these filters is seen as the most difficult and most risky part of the process.
Do You Have An IVC Filter Claim?
You may have an IVC filter case if you have suffered from any of the injuries listed above you may have a case. Our West Virginia IVC filter attorney will help you make this determination. It is up to companies and manufacturers to ensure safety standards are met through testing and trials. If they fail to satisfy these safety standards, they need to be held accountable.
What Will It Cost Me To File An IVC Filter Claim?
We work our cases on contingency, so you will not see any fees from us unless we are successful with your case. You will not have any out-of-pocket costs.
Let Us Get To Work For You Today
If you or someone you care about has been injured due to a defective IVC filter, please seek legal assistance immediately. The qualified and experienced team at West Law Firm is ready to get to work on securing the compensation you deserve. This can include:
- The cost of your current and future medical bills
- Recovery of income lost if you are unable to work
- Mental anguish damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Punitive damages against the company responsible
If you need a West Virginia IVC filter lawyer, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 1 (877) 943-9378.