Ohio Product Liability Attorney Reviewing Plaintiffs IVC Filter Lawsuit
IVC (Interior Vena Cava) filters are designed to trap dangerous blood clots. However, the safety profile and efficacy is not well established. The IVC Filter is associated with a number of serious medical complications. Initially introduced into the market in April 2003, the Recovery IVC filter was redesigned following several adverse event reports of device fractures. The new design, Bard G2 IVC, was then introduced to the market place in October 2005. In 2010, the FDA reported that over a five year period it had received over 900 adverse event reports related to defective IVC complications and injuries and released an advisory report.
Due to safety concerns, in 2012, the American College of Chest Physicians recommended that IVC filters should only be used in high risk patients who have contraindications for anticoagulants. However, many patients who were at a lower risk and did not have a contraindication for anticoagulants have been implanted with the device.
The Lyon Firm is dedicated to improving patient safety and engaging large medical device firms in product defect cases and liability IVC Filter lawsuits. Consumer safety advocates and medical experts work together to protect patients and recover rightful compensation for injured plaintiffs nationwide.
Joseph Lyon is a Cincinnati recall lawyer and Ohio product liability attorney actively involved in medical device litigation nationwide. For a no-cost and confidential consultation on the legal aspects of the IVC filter lawsuit, call (800) 513-2403.
IVC Filter Complications
Unfortunately, IVC Filters have been linked to a number of serious complications including:
- Filter Fracture
- Filter Migration to Right Atrium
- Filter Migration to Chest
- Filter Migration to Heart
- Filter Migration to Pulmonary Artery
- Misplaced Filter
Injuries Associated with IVC Filters
IVC Filters have been associated with a number of serious injuries, including, but not limited to:
- Vessel Perforation
- Organ Perforation
- Filter Embolization
- Vena Cava Thrombosis
- Explant Surgery
- Hemorrhagic Pericardial Effusion
- Arterial Hemorrhage
- Cardiac Tamponade
- Pericardial Pamponade
- Punctured Vena Cava
- Wrongful Death
There are currently two consolidated groups of IVC filter lawsuit cases in federal multi district litigation (MDL). The two defendants are :
- Cook Medical
Defective IVC Filter Lawsuit
The decision to remove an implanted medical device is a serious decision and the risks and benefits of such a procedure must be discussed with the treating physician. Lawyers are not qualified to render advice on the appropriate candidacy for surgery, and if you are considering this as an option it should be discussed directly with your treating physician. By way of patient education, it is important to know that the Society of Interventional Radiology published guidelines on removing and IVC Filter provide the following indications for removing an IVC Filter:
- No medical reason for a permanent IVC Filter
- Patient is at a low risk for pulmonary embolus
- No expectation of the patient being at a high risk in the near future
- Life expectancy of more than six months
- Ability to retrieve the IVC Filter
- Patient/ Guardian Consents to the procedure understanding the risks.
If a loved one has suffered an injury due to a defective IVC Filter, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, a medical device defect lawyer, and he will help you answer these critical questions.