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IVC Blood Filter Plaintiffs Multiply: Should You Sue Too?

If you suffer from blood clotting complications, you have likely heard of IVC filters, formally known as inferior vena cava filters. These relatively commonly implanted medical devices have stirred up much controversy, and a bunch of lawsuits, and critics of the filters are increasingly asking if they are effective at all. So if you have an IVC filter, should you panic? No. But you should familiarize yourself with the dangers and if you’ve been injured due to a filter then you should consider a lawsuit. You will not be at all alone — according to the Lawyers and Settlements blog, there already nearly 1,000 such cases already. Why IVC Filters? Filters are implanted in the inferior vena cava of patients who can’t tolerate anti-coagulants or other medications designed to thin blood and prevent clots. The inferior vena cava is a large vein that carries deoxygenated blood to the heart from the lower body. IVC filters are described by the Food and Drug Administration as “cage-like devices” that are placed in the vein and designed to trap blood clot fragments. Unfortunately, the filters have a history of breaking and migrating inside patients, which causes serious injuries and even death. IVC filters have additionally been known to tilt or get stuck, to splinter, and to cause damage by perforating organs or tissues, and more. Studies also suggest that these filters can increase the risk of blood clots, rather than the intended effect of anti-coagulation. The Feds Recommend The FDA has issued guidance to physicians who have patients with retrievable IVC filters, advising them to remove filters as soon as possible. Some filters are designed to be temporary and some are meant to be left in permanently. Now, the FDA is saying that retrievable, temporary filters should be removed promptly, writing: The FDA encourages all physicians involved in the treatment and follow-up of patients receiving IVC filters to consider the risks and benefits of filter removal for each patient. A patient should be referred for IVC filter removal when the risk/benefit profile favors removal and the procedure is feasible given the patient’s health status. Suing for IVC Filter Injury Plaintiffs who have sued for IVC filter injuries complain that they were not warned of the risks associated with implantation of these devices. Hundreds of plaintiffs have reportedly filed suit since March alone, swelling the number of cases on the two major consolidated matters to nearly a thousand. To determine if you should sue too, speak to a lawyer. Talk to a Lawyer If you have been injured due to an IVC blood filter or by some other medical device, do not delay. Consult with a lawyer today. Many attorneys consult for free or a minimal fee and will be happy to discuss your claim. Related Resources: Hurt due to an IVC filter or other medical device? Get your claim reviewed for free. (Consumer Injury) IVC Blood Clot Filter Problems and FAQs (FindLaw’s Injured) How Dangerous Are Blood Clot Filters? (FindLaw’s Injured) How Long Can a Blood Clot Filter Be Left In? (FindLaw’s Injured)
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How Long Can a Blood Clot Filter Be Left In?

A blood clot filter can save your life. An inferior vena cava or IVC filter can prevent a blood clot from blocking blood flow to the lung, thus reducing the risk of pulmonary emboli or acute deep vein thrombosis. But blood clot filters can also be dangerous. An IVC filter left in too long can perforate the vein or detach from the vein and migrate elsewhere, causing unintended blockages or damage. So how long is too long when it comes to leaving in blood clot filters? Blood Clot Filter Risk Both the Food and Drug Administration and the Journal of the American Medical Association have studied the adverse health effects associated with long-term use of an IVC filter. By 2010, the FDA had already received hundreds of reports of device migrations, embolizations (detachment of device components), perforations of the IVC, and filter fractures. A 2014 JAMA study found that patients were twice as likely to suffer a fatal pulmonary embolism if they had IVC filters and received anticoagulation medication, and warned against the use of IVC filters in patients that could be treated with anticoagulation. So, in 2014, the FDA recommended that “implanting physicians and clinicians responsible for the ongoing care of patients with retrievable IVC filters consider removing the filter as soon as protection from pulmonary embolism is no longer needed.” The FDA’s research suggested that IVC filters are best removed between 29 and 54 days after implantation, so long as the patient’s risk for pulmonary embolism has passed. IVC Filter Injury Claims Your doctor is probably the best position to assess your risk of pulmonary embolism and decide the best time to remove an IVC filter. That said, you may be able to sue for injuries due to a blood clot filter. If the device fails, you could have a product liability claim against the device manufacturer. If the device was left in too long, you could have a medical malpractice claim against your doctor. Either way, an experienced personal injury attorney will best be able to assess your legal options if you’ve been injured by an IVC or blood clot filter. Related Resources: Injured by IVC blood clot filters? Get your claim reviewed by an attorney for free. (Consumer Injury) Medical Malpractice (FindLaw’s Injured) Medical Product and Device Defects (FindLaw) Injuries and Product Liability: Do You Have a Case? (FindLaw’s Injured)
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