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IVC Filter Migration

IVC filter migration occurs when inferior vena cava filters break off and travel away from the implant site. When this occurs, it can lead to perforation of the heart, lung, and other critical organs or tissues. Potential lawsuits are currently being investigated for patients who suffered filter migration after being implanted with an inferior vena cava filter.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has had an 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 IVC filter implant, we would like to speak with you. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.

What is an IFC Filter?

Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are typically implanted to prevent pulmonary embolism (blood clot stuck in the lung), which can occur when a deep vein thrombosis (clot in the leg) migrates. In most cases, pulmonary embolism patients are unable to take traditional blood thinners, due to the risk of side effects or specific contraindications, for example in pregnancy. Most IVC filters are designed so that they can be removed once the risk of pulmonary embolism has subsided.

IFC Filter Side Effects Include Migration, Fracture

In August 2010, an FDA alert warned about the risk of complications with removable inferior vena cava filters. The administration had received more than 900 adverse event reports, including:

  • 328 reports of IVC filter migration
  • 146 reports of components breaking loose
  • 70 reports of the inferior vena cava being perforated
  • 56 reports of filter fracturing

FDA recommends that doctors remove the devices once the danger of pulmonary embolism has passed, to reduce the risk of IVC filters migrating and embolizing in the body. According to recent studies, there is a lack of evidence to suggest that IVC filters are effective, and a lack of comprehensive research on their proper use, resulting in doctors being unsure of how and when to implant them, and whether or not to remove them. Experts have estimated that there are about 100,000 inferior vena cava filters implanted in American patients.

Plaintiff Suffered Severe Injuries From Bard IVC Filter

A product liability lawsuit was recently filed against C.R. Bard in Texas which claimed that one of the company’s IVC filters migrated and cut into the walls of the plaintiff’s vena cava, and was not able to be removed without major invasive surgery. Robin Arnold was implanted with a Bard G2 filter in September of 2007. The IVC filter migrated shortly after it was inserted, but the issue was not discovered until approximately four years later. The spider-like arms of the device penetrated Arnold’s inferior vena cava walls and could not be safely removed. Arnold and her husband Felix filed claims against Bard for the following damages:

  • negligence
  • failure to warn
  • design defects
  • manufacturing defects
  • breach of implied warranty
  • negligent misrepresentation
  • loss of consortium

Do I Have an IVC Filter Migration Lawsuit?

The Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in IVC Filter Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new IVC filter migration cases in all 50 states.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has had an 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 IVC filter implant, we would like to speak with you. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.

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