An IVC filter is an FDA-approved medical device designed to prevent blood clots from reaching the heart and lungs. The device is surgically implanted in the inferior vena cava, a large vein that runs along the middle of the abdomen. When an IVC filter breaks, it can cause small pieces to flow through the bloodstream and create severe health problems.
Most injuries are attributed to the Bard Recovery Filter and the Bard G2 IVC Filter manufactured by C.R. Bard Inc. and the Cook IVC filter manufactured by Cook Medical. Inc. Although IVC filters previously were used only on a temporary basis, newer filters were intended to be permanent. Regardless, many IVC filters fail after long-term use and now thousands of patients are pursuing the manufacturers in court.
IVC Filters have been linked to:
- Pulmonary Embolism
- Compromised Breathing
- Punctured Veins
- Punctured Organs
At Allen & Nolte, we have helped many patients who have experienced a serious personal injury because of IVC filters, including representing the families of IVC filter patients. We provide decades of experience in defective medical device cases. Please contact our team to see if you or a loved one may have a valid claim in an IVC filter lawsuit.