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IVC Filter Injuries

interior vena cava ivc filter operation

Interior vena cava filters, also known as IVC filters, are used to treat people at risk for pulmonary embolism (blocked main artery of the lung or one of its branches). C.R. Bard is a manufacturer of two types of IVC filters, but the company is facing several class action lawsuits after nearly 1,000 adverse reports of pieces of the device breaking off. The reports described potentially life-threatening injuries, such as perforation of organ walls, internal bleeding, and bleeding in and around the heart.

If you, or someone you love, had an IVC filter as part of your treatment to prevent blood clots, contact the Pennsylvania law firm of Edgar Snyder & Associates right away for a free legal consultation and to learn your legal options.

Who May Have Received an IVC Filter? What Are the Complications?

IVC filters are used to treat people at risk for pulmonary embolism due to the following medical problems:

  • Vascular disease
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Obesity
  • Trauma to the legs
  • Fractured pelvic bone
  • Fractured leg bones
  • Abdominal or joint surgery
  • Hip, knee, or other joint replacements
  • Lung conditions

These patients may have IVC filters placed in their bodies after other treatments have failed or haven't worked well. An IVC filter has ‘legs' that extend out like an umbrella to catch blood clots. The filters are meant to be removed after a patient's risk of blood clots has lowered, but they often remain in their body for years and can cause serious problems. According to an alert issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in August 2010, pieces of the filters may break off and travel to other parts of the body, such as the lungs or heart. There have been over 900 adverse event reports.

Victim of IVC Filter Injuries? Get a Free Legal Consultation

You may have received an IVC filter, believing it would help improve your health. In reality, it may have caused you life-threatening medical problems, injuries, and plenty of pain and suffering. You may have even lost a loved one and wonder if an IVC filter was to blame.

Call 1-866-943-3427, or fill out a form at the top right of this webpage for a no obligation, free case review. There are time limits to file a claim, so there's no time to waste. We'll tell you if we think you have a case, with no strings attached. Contact us today to learn your legal options.

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