Blood clot filters are causing severe injuries—and the manufacturers are at fault. See if your injuries may qualify you for an IVC filter claim.
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The use of a retrievable IVC filter (also known as a blood clot filter) may cause the following problems:
Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are cage-like devices built to catch and dissolve blood clots. They are inserted in in patients who have an increased risk of blood clots but cannot take blood thinners. An IVC filter works by trapping blood clots before they can travel to vital organs such as the lungs or heart and cause life-threatening injuries.
In August 2010, the FDA issued its first safety communication concerning retrievable IVC filters not being removed once the risk of pulmonary embolism subsided. They also reported that since 2005 they have received 921 IVC filter complaints involving migration of the device, detachment of the device components, perforation of the IVC and filter fracture. After the FDA’s safety communication was made public, victims began to file IVC lawsuits against manufacturers Cook Medical Inc. and C.R. Bard.