When our doctors tell us that we need a medical implant or other medical device to treat a serious health condition, we should be able to trust that those medical devices are safe for consumer use and will not cause unnecessary harm. However, according to a safety notice from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filters may pose a risk of serious injury to patients.
If you or someone you love received an IVC filter and suffered serious or even fatal complications, you may be able to file a claim for compensation. Given the safety communication from the FDA, we know that IVC filters can be extremely dangerous, and it is important to hold manufacturers liable for injuries. An experienced IVC filter lawsuit attorney in Denver can speak with you about your case today.
The FDA safety notice explains that IVC filters are “small, cage-like devices that are inserted into the inferior vena cava to capture blood clots and prevent them from reaching the lunch.” What is the inferior vena cava? It is the primary blood vessel in a patient’s body that carries blood from the lower part of the body up to the heart.
According to a fact sheet from the Cleveland Clinic, IVC filters are used in patients with venous thromboembolism (VTE), a “condition in which blood clots form in the deep veins of the legs, pelvis, or arms and travel to the heart and lungs.” When blood clots form and exist in the deep veins of a patient’s lower or upper extremities, or in a patient’s pelvis, they are called Deep Venous Thromboses (DVTs). DVTs can result from untreated VTE. Although DVTs themselves are not life-threatening, one of these blood clots can become a pulmonary embolism (PE) if it travels to the lungs. PEs are life-threatening, as they interrupt “normal blood flow to the lungs.”
For patients with VTE and other blood clotting risks, healthcare professionals typically will start with anticoagulation drugs (or blood thinners) to prevent DVTs and PEs. However, some patients are not able to use blood-thinning medications, and IVC filters can be used to prevent blood clots. IVA filters are also used in patients with recurrent VTE despite the use of anticoagulation medications.
The FDA has received numerous reports of adverse events linked to IVC filters, including but not limited to:
These adverse events have resulted in some of the following injuries and side effects:
If you or a loved one sustained injuries from an IVC filter, you may be entitled to financial compensation. A dedicated Denver IVC filter injury lawyer can assist with your case. Contact Zaner Harden Law to learn more about how we can help you to obtain the compensation you deserve.