What is the ALN Inferior Vena Cava Filter?
The ALN IVC Filter is a conical filter made from 9 variable-length wires of 316L stainless steel. The upper level has 6 arms with hooks for anchoring and 3 longer legs for centering. The introducer sheaths are 7F, and the filters are preloaded in a holder.
The filter kits are packaged separately for deployment for femoral, jugular, and brachial approaches. The ALN Vena Cava Filter has been available in Europe since 1997. It was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2008.
In August 2010, the FDA issued a Safety Communication to warn patients about the health risks of IVC filters. A number of case reports have linked the ALN IVC Filter with adverse health complications:
- Annals of Vascular Disease (2014): ALN Optional implanted in an 83-year-old man with deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Over a year later, doctors discovered that the filter was deeply embedded in his aorta after perforating the vena cava .
- Journal of Invasive Cardiology (2010): ALN filter migrated to a patient’s heart and rotated upside-down (180º), but it was still removed successfully .
ALN Hit With "Failure to Warn" IVC Filter Lawsuit in California
A judge has thrown out KM Medical's efforts to dismiss a failure to warn lawsuit filed under California's product liability laws. The case was filed by a woman who claims she was implanted with an ALN Optional Vena Cava Filter during a 2014 surgical procedure.
Plaintiff alleges that although the manufacturer represented its product as “safe and easy to remove after implementation,” subsequent removal of the IVC filter was deemed medically impossible, as the device “had perforated, and become embedded in” the wall of her artery. This required an additional surgery which left her with “permanent and life-threatening injuries,” according to the lawsuit.
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- IVC Filter Fracture
- IVC Perforation
- Internal Bleeding
- Blood clots
- Deep Venous Thrombosis
- Cardiac or Pericardial Tamponade
- Ventricle Tachycardia
- Lower Limb DVT
- Hematoma or Nerve Injury at the Puncture Site
- Constant and Severe Pain in the Heart, Chest, or Elsewhere in the Body
- Pulmonary Embolism
What is the Average Settlement in an ALN IVC Filter Lawsuit?
The settlement value of an IVC filter lawsuit is going to depend on the severity of the victim's injuries. If there is a global settlement, there will be settlement tiers that group the plaintiffs by injury from death down to more minor complications.
Based on the IVC filter verdicts and the history of mass tort litigation, settlements may average between $100,000 and $500,000 for significant injury cases but there will certainly be cases that settle higher and lower than that payout range.
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The Medical Device Litigation Group at Schmidt & Clark, LLP law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in IVC filter recall lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new IVC filter complication cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential ALN IVC Filter Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has had an ALN IVC filter implanted, you should contact our law firm immediately. Our lawyers are evaluating every individual case regardless of whether you have been injured or not.
So, if you have received an ALN IVC filter implant, we would like to speak with you. You may be entitled to compensation by filing an ALN IVC Filter Lawsuit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.