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IVC Filter

Did you have an Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filter inserted to prevent pulmonary embolism? Did the IVC filter break apart or fracture, causing significant damage? Did you suffer perforation of the heart, lungs, or vena cava, internal bleeding, cardiac tamponade, hematoma, pulmonary embolism, infection, or severe chest pain? If you or a loved one received any of these injuries after receiving an IVC filter, you might be entitled to monetary compensation.

Reports first surfaced in 2005 that the radial arms and struts of medical equipment manufacturer Bard's Recovery IVC filter had broken off inside patients' bodies. Since then, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received around 1,000 adverse reports involving the filters, primarily regarding the filters fragmenting and embolizing inside the body. Due to these reports, and extensive research on the filters, the FDA urged physicians to consider the risks before recommending the IVC filter be installed in patients who are ineligible for anticoagulation therapy. The FDA also recommends that the filters be removed as soon as the risk of pulmonary embolism has passed.

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Serious Side Effects of an IVC Filter

  • Fracture of the IVC Filter
  • IVC Filter Migration
  • Perforation, Puncture, or Serious Damage to the Heart, Lungs, or Vena Cava
  • Internal Bleeding
  • Cardiac or Pericardial Tamponade
  • Ventricle Tachycardia
  • Lower Limb DVT
  • Hematoma or Nerve Injury at the Puncture Site
  • Constant and Severe Pain in the Heart, Chest, or Elsewhere in the Body
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Respiratory Distress
  • Infection
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Other Serious Injury and Death

Since the IVC filter was introduced in 2005, the FDA has received close to 1,000 adverse reports relating to the devices. We can help if an IVC filter has harmed you.

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