If you or someone you know has been injured by an IVC filter manufactured by Cook, Cordis, Argon or B. Braun, contact us today at (877) 737-8525
IVC filters are supposed to protect patients from dangerous blood clots. But the devices are potentially deadly in themselves.
IVC filters; such as the Cordis OptEase and Cook Celect filter, are implanted into the inferior vena cava to limit where blood clots can travel in the body. The filters were designed to prevent blood clots from forming, preventing stroke and other life-threatening events. Unfortunately, a number of studies show that these filters block blood flow, migrate, and fracture, requiring surgery and other injuries.
Know the Risks of a Defective IVC Filter
The IVC filter is a wire device that looks something like a spider, set snugly against the walls of the inferior vena cava. Any one of the metal extremities on the device can fracture and be carried away by the blood stream, finding its way to the heart or lungs. The likelihood of splintering increases the longer the device remains in the body.
The use of an IVC filter may cause the following problems:
- IVC Filter migration
- IVC Filter fracture
- IVC Filter perforation
- Tilting of the IVC Filter
- The inability to retrieve the IVC Filter
- Pulmonary embolism
- Compromised respiration
Did IVC Filter Manufacturers Know About the Danger?
Over 100,000 IVC filters have been in use since the 1960’s. These devices were not intended for permanent placement. Manufacturers made the devices retrievable so that doctors could remove the devices once the danger of blood clots or pulmonary embolism passed and the filters were no longer needed. Bard, however, allegedly petitioned for the device to be approved as a permanent implant. Based on the above noted studies and others, the FDA now recommends the devices be removed as soon as the risk of pulmonary embolism subsides. A number of other manufacturers make IVC filters with similar risks, including Cook, Cordis, and B. Braun.
What Can I Do If I Have Been Injured By An IVC Filter?
Lopez McHugh is investigating allegations about IVC filter failures. If you or someone you love suffered serious injury or died due to complications from an IVC filter manufactured by Cook, Cordis, Argon, or B. Braun, contact our office by using the form on the right or calling (877) 737-8525 to discuss your legal options. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries or loss. There is no obligation when contacting us, but we encourage you to give us a call because every state has deadlines for bringing claims.