IVC Filter Complications

About IVC Filters

Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are small, metal, weblike devices implanted in patients' veins to catch blood clots and prevent them from reaching the lungs. The devices, which can be retrievable or permanent, are often used in patients who cannot use blood thinners.

Why Are IVC Filter Lawsuits Being Filed?

Doctors have implanted IVC filters in patients for years to prevent pulmonary embolism. Unfortunately, many patients have suffered severe health complications, including stroke, from IVC filters.

The devices can lead to several complications, including:

  • Migration
  • Breakage
  • Perforation of veins and organs
  • Failure to stop clots from reaching the lungs
  • Venous thrombotic events
  • Pulmonary embolism

The highest rate of failure occurs in retrievable filters that were not removed when no longer needed.

What Are Symptoms Of An IVC Filter Complication?

You may experience symptoms of implant complications if IVC filter pieces break and travel to other parts of the body, like the heart or lungs. These symptoms may include:

  • Chest pain
  • Heart rhythm problems
  • Neck pain
  • Lightheadedness
  • Confusion
  • Nausea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Hypotension

What Should I Do If I Think My IVC Filter Is Putting Me At Risk For Injury?

If you are concerned about the status of your IVC filter, you should consult your medical care provider as soon as possible. Get a second opinion if you are not sure your doctor has made the right choice. Ultimately, your medical care is up to you and your doctor. If you feel you were not properly informed of the risks of IVC filters and you have been injured as a result, it is time to talk to an attorney.

How Much Will It Cost To File A Claim For IVC Filter Injuries?

Injury claims are handled on a contingency fee basis. This means you pay no legal fees unless your attorney recovers compensation for your injuries. You pay nothing upfront, and the risk of loss is on the law firm or attorney you choose to represent you.

How Can Filing An IVC Filter Lawsuit Help Me?

Serious medical device injuries can result in significant financial consequences for victims. You may face multiple revision surgeries, long-term medical care, pain and suffering, lost income/wages from being unable to work, disability challenges and more. Filing an injury lawsuit for your IVC filter complications can help you get the financial support you need during this difficult time.

How Long Do I Have To File An IVC Filter Lawsuit?

Many states have a two-year statute of limitations. This means you have two years from the date of your injury to file your claim against the negligent party. In this case, that party is the IVC filter manufacturer. Different statutes of limitations apply to individuals in different jurisdictions, so consult an attorney to get a better understanding of how these deadlines apply in your specific case.

How Can Reich & Binstock Help You?

Our firm is here to make sure your needs are met every step of the way. We have decades of experience in complex multidistrict litigation (MDL) cases involving pharmaceutical injuries and defective medical devices. Our product liability counsel will make sure your case is given the attention it deserves and help get you compensation for your injuries.

Contact Us

If you have suffered health problems following the insertion of an IVC filter, call Reich & Binstock at 713-352-7883 or 877-643-3099 toll free for a free initial consultation. Our Houston attorneys represent people who have been injured by unsafe medical products. We are located in Houston and represent clients throughout Texas and the United States.