An inferior vena cava or IVC filter is used when a patient is at risk for blood clots. The IVC filter is implanted into the patient to prevent life threatening clots from migrating to major organs including the lungs and heart. While the IVC filter device can be lifesaving, it can also cause serious harm and death, if it is not used appropriately.
The FDA has warned that non-permanent IVC filters should only be temporarily implanted. Long term use increases the risk of the filter fracturing or breaking off while inside the patient as well as migration of the filter. Fracturing of the filter and migration can cause complications including puncturing of organs, which can lead to serious harm and death. The filters should be removed as soon as the threat of clots has subsided. The FDA further warned that the filters should be removed within 29 to 54 days after implantation.
If you or a family member has been harmed as a result of an IVC filter fracturing or migrating, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our office for a free consultation and to better understand your options.