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IVC filters are medical devices that are inserted into the Vena Cava vein of a patient and used to prevent blood clots from reaching the lungs and heart. Unfortunately, these filters have now been associated with dangerous and even fatal complications for the patients who have had them implanted. Even worse, it is believed that some of these filter manufacturers pushed these devices onto the market while fully aware of the dangers they posed.
If you or a loved one has been harmed by an IVC filter, then we invite you to contact us at Sullivan & Brill, LLPtoday. For nearly 15 years, our dedicated team of New York personal injury lawyers has fought to have the pain and suffering of injury victims recognized under the law. Time and time again, we have not only held negligent and liable parties responsible for their actions, but have provided injury victims and their families the relief and resolution they deserve.
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The Dangers of IVC Filters
IVC filters were marketed as a safe way to prevent dangerous clotting in patients who may experience circulatory issues. The devices are metal, spider-like structures that grip the inner walls of the Vena Cava and catch clots as they pass. Unfortunately, research now shows that these devices can break, tilt, shift, or be pushed around, sending dangerous shrapnel through the patient's body. Below are just a few of the manufacturers and their devices that have now been associated with these dangerous effects.
- Gunther Tulip
Johnson & Johnson
- Cordis OptEase™
When these filters fail or are moved out of position, stroke, respiration issues, pulmonary embolisms, and even death can result. Contact our team today to learn more.
IVC Manufacturer Liability
It is widely believed some IVC filter manufacturers knew of the risks associated with their devices before releasing them to the market. In an illuminating report from NBC, Bard allegedly knew the risks associated with their product and may have even forged the signatures of whistleblowers within their company to get the product approved by the FDA.
There have been at least 27 deaths now linked to IVC filters and experts warn that, for the estimated 20,000 patients who still have them, the longer the filters remain implanted, the more dangerous they become. A study from the New England Society of Vascular Surgery concluded that nearly a third of all IVC filters are like to exhibit hazardous fracturing.
If you or a loved one has been harmed by one of these IVC filters, then those injuries need to be accounted for. Our firm is ready help evaluate your case and, if needed, help you pursue the relief you deserve. Call us at (212) 566-1000 today.