IVC filters are medical devices used to prevent blood clots from becoming lodged in the lungs, legs, heart or brain of patients whose blood does not clot properly. IVC filters are metal, spider-like devices which are surgically placed inside the inferior vena cava. The inferior vena cava is a large vein that carries blood to the heart. IVC Filters are designed to catch blood clots in the bloodstream before those blood clots become lodged in other parts of the body. Unfortunately, many of these devices have not functioned properly and have injured many of the patients they were designed to protect. The most commonly reported problems with these devices are fractures and migrations. With fractures and migrations, pieces of the IVC filter, or the entire filter, can become dislodged from its intended location and travel through the bloodstream to other parts of the body. The fractured or migrated filter can cause tears and punctures to the patient’s blood vessels and organs and can lead to serious injury or death.
If you or a loved one were implanted with an IVC Filter device and believe you may have experienced a complication, please call the experienced drug and device attorneys at Franklin D. Azar and Associates for a free consultation.