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Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP | May 2, 2016

IVC Filter Dangers

Categories: Product Liability, Defective Drugs and Medical Devices

When a person develops a serious condition known as deep vein thrombosis, they must take action right away. Deep vein thrombosis is when a blood clot forms in the vein. If this blood clot moves, it has the potential of reaching the lungs which can cause a pulmonary embolism. To combat this, doctors may implant an IVC filter. This goes into the inferior vena cava (IVC) — or the largest vein in the body — to help catch the blood clots and keep them from traveling through the body.

The IVC filter is a small spider-like device with prongs that act as a net to catch the clots. Unfortunately, there have been numerous reports regarding the device and the potential dangers involved with implanting one in the vein. At Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP, our Cleveland IVC filter lawyers know what to look for to determine if these products are defective and we can work to help you understand what to do next.

Most doctors recommend removing the IVC filter between 29 and 54 days after it is implanted. This is because of the risks involved.

For instance, a prong can break off of the device and migrate through the blood into the lungs or heart. This can result in perforation of the vein or a vital organ. The entire device can migrate as well. In some cases, it may fail to catch the blood clot and allow it to reach the lung.

Individuals with a defective IVC filter may experience difficulty breathing or suffer a stroke. Even more concerning is the potential for fatal consequences. This is a difficult situation and it is important to understand the risks associated with IVC filters. If you absolutely must have the IVC filter, make sure you discuss the 29 to 54 day limit with your doctor and explain concerns regarding the issues.

If you have been harmed by a defective IVC filter, contact Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP. Our team knows what needs to be done to file claims against the negligent manufacturers of these products. We are ready to help you.