Short for Interior Vena Cava (the large vein carrying blood back to the heart from your lower body), IVC Filters are a metal, cone-like device meant to stop potentially life threatening blood clots from reaching your heart and lungs. After serious injury or major surgery, these devices can be recommended for implant in patients who are unable to take blood thinners in order to inhibit blood clots from reaching the lungs. Over time, the clots dissolve and dissipate in the blood stream.
Unfortunately, IVC Filters have been linked to numerous health complications, including vein and organ perforation, migration from the implant site, and fracturing of the filter. If unchecked, these complications can cause serious injury to the patient. Over the last 15 years, the FDA has received over 900 “adverse event reports” related to IVC Filters, and has issued warnings that the devices may cause complications if left in the body for too long. Some IVC Filter manufacturers, including ALN Implants Chirugicaux, Argon Medical Devises, Inc., B. Braun Interventional Systems Inc., Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc., Cook Incorporated, Cordis Corporation, and Volcano Corporation are now involved in a five-year study to determine efficacy and risk related to their IVC Filter products.
If you or someone you love has been a victim of a faulty IVC Filter, especially if it involves one of the companies listed above, please contact the Law Offices of George Salinas today. Cases like yours require special attention, knowledge, and an aggressive passion for justice; we offer free consultation, and will thoroughly analyze all aspects of your case and your rights before taking the next step in helping you achieve the recovery and compensation you deserve. Call us today at (210) 225.0909; we’re here to help.