Can I Sue For Inferior Vena Cava Filter Injuries
Published on:November 12, 2015

Surgeons insert retrievable and permanent inferior vena cava filters (IVCs) in patients who are cannot take blood thinners (anticoagulants) to stop blood clots from moving to their the lungs. The IVCs catch the clots in your blood stream, and with time, the clots dissipate. However, there are a few safety risks associated with having blood clot filters implanted in patients. Now the BIG question is: can I sue for blood clot filter injuries?

Absolutely yes, you can sue for personal injuries caused by IVC or blood clot filters. You can seek compensation for your medical care, your past and future lost earnings, pain and sufferings, physical impairment and mental anguish.

Recently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received thousands of complaints about IVC filters for poor design, failing to warn of risks, breach of implementing warrantee, manufacturing defects and negligent misrepresentation on the part of companies and their subsidiaries. In fact, two manufacturing companies for IVC filters are facing lawsuits from injured individuals.

Understanding the Controversial Blood Clot Filters

According to the FDA definition, IVC filters are tiny, cage-like devices that are inserted into the inferior vena cava to capture the blood clots and bar them from reaching the lungs. These filters are normally implanted in individuals at risk of pulmonary embolism: a blood clot in the lungs. However, leaving them for a longer period of time could cause serious problems. In fact, the risks are over-weighing the benefits of leaving the blood clot filters implanted at a given point.

Life-threatening Side Effects of Retrievable IVC Filters

Even though the blood clot filters were developed to control life-threatening pulmonary embolism, they indeed have life-threatening side effects. In over 2000 reports received by FDA in 2015, patients suffer injuries because the filters were not removed early enough. Some of the common risks reported to be associated with IVC filters are as follows:

  • IVC filters migrations
  • Filters perforation
  • Filter fractures or splinter
  • Embolisms
  • Stuck filters
  • Perforated tissues or organs
  • Tilted filters

Many times, the FDA has cautioned about the risks associated with IVC filters, and they issued a statement last year to the physicians treating patients with the IVC filters to consider the dangers of leaving the device for too long.

Steps in IVC Filters Case Evaluation

Claims are reviewed for people who have received one or more types of blood clot filters problems. Contact and experienced personal injury attorney in Staten Island for a free consultation and they work on contingency, so it will cost you nothing to know what you or your loved one injury may be worth as well as your legal options available. Normally, IVC review does not create an obligation to hire the law firm you are consulting.

After speaking to the personal injury lawyer, and it is determined that you or your loved one is entitled to join class action or an individual case for IVC filters, it will be your decision whether to hire an attorney and move forward with a lawsuit or not. As part of the case evaluation, the lawyer will review the circumstances and facts surrounding your potential claim, so that he/she may determine whether the case can be established in the court between the complicated injury and IVC filters that caused hospitalization or death.

Generally, to make sure that you, family member or a friend is properly protected, it is crucial to have an experienced personal injury attorney on your side.