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Patients at risk of sudden arterial blockages or a pulmonary embolism (PE) are sometimes fitted with inferior vena cava (IVC) filters. Implanted by surgeons, the devices act as filters to catch blood clots that form in the legs or pelvis before they can reach the heart or lungs. But IVC filters can fail within the body, which can cause serious injuries or death.

At Crumley Roberts, our attorneys have been helping injury victims for more than 25 years, and we have the resources and experience to take on medical device corporations that cause patients harm. If you were injured by an IVC filter failure, or you lost a loved one due to an IVC filter malfunction, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact us 24/7—just dial  or complete a free initial consultation form .

Who is at risk of IVC filter failure?

IVC filters are implanted into patients with a history or risk of blood clots in the legs and pelvis, including those who are:

  • Diagnosed with, or at risk of, a pulmonary embolism
  • Immobile
  • Post-operative patients
  • Recent trauma victims
  • Suffering from deep vein thrombosis

IVC Filter Failure Risk

IVC filters can break apart inside the body when they fail. When this happens, pieces of the device can migrate to a patient’s heart or lungs causing serious injury or death. In some cases, IVC filter fragments can even embed themselves in areas of the body that cannot be reached by surgeons.

FDA Safety Alert Highlights IVC Filter Dangers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety alert in 2010 that suggested a link between long-term use of retrievable IVC filters and an increased risk of device failure.

Other IVC filter complications can include:

  • Filter Embolization
    Embolization occurs when IVC filter fragments obstruct veins.
  • Lower Limb Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
    Blood clots that form in the legs can break loose and travel to the lungs causing a pulmonary embolism.
  • Organ Perforation
    IVC filters can migrate from the areas where they were implanted and pierce internal organs.

Get Help With Your IVC Filter Lawsuit

At Crumley Roberts, we’re here to protect your rights to compensation if you suffered an IVC filter injury. Our defective medical device lawyers are ready to assist you, so don’t wait to get help. Call or contact us online to take action today.

This law firm is not associated with, sponsored by, or affiliated with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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