Defective Medical Device - IVC Lawyer

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IVC Filters

An Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) is a small filtering device that is placed within the IVC, which is a large vein in the abdomen that returns blood from the lower half of the body to the heart.   It is possible for blood clots to occasionally travel to the lungs where they may cause a pulmonary embolism or blockage.

It is claimed that IVC filters help reduce the risk of pulmonary embolism by catching large clots and preventing them from reaching the heart and lungs.

IVC filters are usually placed with minimally invasive procedures using a catheter ( a long, thin, hollow plastic tube).  Patients are positioned on their back and given sedation.  The catheter is inserted in the leg or other area of the body and used to place the IVC filter in position.  The procedure usually takes less than an hour. 

Risks and complications:

Unfortunately, it has been alleged that many IVC filters are defective and dangerous.  Many patients claim that:

  • The IVC filters can migrate (move) to areas where they should not be which can cause damage to other organs and tissue
  • The IVC filters can break apart causing injury to heart, lungs or other tissue
  • The filter can perforate (puncture) the inferior vena cava which puts you at serious risk of having a number of adverse events
  • It may be extremely risky or impossible to remove the filter

Your time to file a claim may be limited.  We recommend that you contact a lawyer immediately regarding your potential IVC filter claim.

If you or a loved one has suffered harm as the result of using a medical device, pharmaceutical drug, or other product, we have the experience to handle your claim. The attorneys at Freedland Harwin Valori Gander, PL, can help you navigate the confusing process and make sure your case gets the attention that it deserves. For more information, or to schedule a free case evaluation with our firm, please call us or contact us online.

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