IVC Filters Could be Leaving Patients with Broken Hearts
Posted on Monday, July 27th, 2015 at 10:14 pm
Complications following IVC Filter placement? If you currently have an IVC Filter, it may be more possible than you think.
Today’s medicine is better than ever at fixing broken hearts, but some medical device companies just can’t keep up. Sometimes, inferior products enter the marketplace and cause injuries.
Interior Vena Cava, or IVC filters, are spider-like devices implanted in patients with an increased risk of developing blood clots. The filters are installed around the heart, and work by trapping the clots before they can move to vital organs, where they could cause life-threatening complications.
In August of 2010, the FDA released an article about IVC filters, stating that 921 complaints had been made since 2005 for things like device migration, detachment of components, perforation of the IVC, and filter failure. These complaints include side effects like internal bleeding, hematoma or nerve injury at the puncture site, puncture or other serious damage to the vena cava wall, heart or lungs, infection, and even death.
These “problem” filters are all manufactured by C.R. Bard and Cook Group, Inc., and include the Bard Recovery Filter, the Bard G2 Filter, and the Bard Express Filter.
To date, more than 32 complaints involving the filters have been filed in various federal courts across the U.S. If you or a loved one has experienced negative side effects after receiving a Bard brand IVC filter, please contact us today. You may be entitled to compensation, and we want to help you navigate the process.
NOTE: This article is not meant to diagnose or treat any medical condition. Please speak to your doctor before altering or stopping any medical treatment. Every legal case is different, and we cannot guarantee that your case will meet firm criteria.