For a number of years now product liability lawyers from across the country have been representing individuals who were injured or had long lasting side effects from IVC blood clot filters. Even after a number of FDA warnings were issued regarding the dangers posed by these devices, individuals are still suffering injuries from these defective devices.
An Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filter, is commonly just referred to as blood clot filters, and are small, spider-shaped devices that are implanted into the vena cava to try and prevent blood clots from moving to the lungs. Even with concerns regarding the safety of the IVC filters and questions about how effective they were, many people still had these devices implanted, which resulted in serious injuries.
In recent years, the majority of IVC filters that were implanted were designed to be retrieved, which allowed the surgeon to remove the device after the risk of a blood clot was gone. However, because of the inadequate warnings from most manufacturers, the devices were often left in place much longer than they should have been. This only increased the risk of a serious injury.
Some of the most common effects from the IVC blood clot filters that were reported after the devices had failed, include the following:
- Constant shortness of breath or persistent chest pain
- Ventricle tachycardia
- Pericardial or cardiac tamponade
- Perforation of the vena cava, lung, heart or other tissue
- Migration or fracture of the IVC filter itself
To date, the FDA has issued a number of warnings regarding the risks associated with the IVC filters, with the initial safety communication that was issued being sent out in August of 2010.
When that was issued, the agency provided the warning that between the dates of 2005 and August of 2010 there were more than 921 adverse event reports related to IVC filter issues filed with the FDA. This is a trend that has continued into the present with more and more people experiencing issues today.
While there are more warnings and additional information available today regarding the filters and how to use them safely, there are still cases where patients are injured quite seriously when they are used.
If you have ever had an IVC filter placed in your vena cava, and suffered any type of adverse side effect, then you may have the right to seek compensation. Contact an attorney right away to learn more about the rights that you have.