Your inferior vena cava, IVC, is a large vein present in the mid-section of the abdomen. It is responsible for returning blood from the lower portion of your body to your heart. The IVC filter is a type of “basket” that is made from several wires. It can be placed in the IVC by a doctor making a small hole in one of the veins in your groin or neck.
Why are IVC Filters Necessary?
The IVC filter was designed to trap blood clots that break loose from the veins in your pelvis or leg. This prevents the large blood clot from making it to your lungs. The fact is, if the blood clot reached the lungs, it is referred to as a pulmonary embolism, and it may be life-threatening.
People who typically have an IVC filter placed are those who are at risk for suffering a pulmonary embolism. Some of the indications that you are at risk include:
- Have blood clots in the veins of your pelvis or legs
- Have a health condition that makes it more likely a blood clot is going to develop in your legs
- You have recently suffered a pulmonary embolism
The Problem with IVC Filters
While the procedure used to place the IVC filter is an easy one, the problem often arises after the filter is in place. The main reason for this is because IVC filters were designed to be used for a short period of time and then removed. If they are left in longer than recommended, they can result in the filter migrating from its original position or fracturing and pieces of it moving into other parts of the body. In many cases, these issues can be life threatening.
Is it Time to Take Action?
Many people wonder when it is time to take action and file for monetary compensation. If they have suffered any type of injury or adverse side effect due to the placement of an IVC filter, then contacting an attorney is the best course of action. They can review your case and help ensure that you get the compensation that you deserve for the injuries you suffered.
If you are ready to take action, contact an attorney today. There are statute of limitations in place, which is why you need to contact a lawyer as soon after the incident as possible.