Fox & Farley, Attorneys at Law

Knoxville IVC Filter Lawyer

When it comes to health, one of the biggest risks that patients with certain conditions face is the risk of a blood clot. A blood clot can travel to the lungs, heart, or brain, resulting in myriad complications, including stroke and death. For these patients, taking action to mitigate the risk of a blood clot forming and traveling to these organs is essential.

For many patients who are at risk of blood clot – such as those patients who suffer from atrial fibrillation, deep vein thrombosis, or pulmonary embolism, or have experienced a traumatic event – anticoagulant medications are not enough to combat the problem, or are not safe for use. However, when anticoagulant medication is contraindicated, an IVC filter may be used instead. If you experience any issues please contact our Knoxville IVC filter attorneys today.

What Is an IVC Filter?

Standing for inferior vena cava, and IVC filter is a small, cage-like device with spindly legs resembling that of a spider that is inserted into the inferior vena cava (a large vein in the body that is responsible for carrying blood from the lower body). The filters are designed to catch blood clots before they can travel to the lungs. IVC filters may be a treatment option for those who are undergoing dialysis, have a spinal cord injury, have been in a traumatic accident, have undergone surgery, or have sustained a gunshot or stabbing injury – these patients may not be able to take blood thinning medications, and therefore an IVC filter is a better option.

IVC Filter Manufacturers

There are multiple medical device companies that have manufactured IVC filters. Some of the most common filters include:

  • Cook Medical Gunther Tulip IVC filter;
  • Cook Medical Celect IVC filter;
  • Bard G2, Eclipse, and G2X IVC filters; and
  • Cordis OptEase retrievable IVC filter.

Defective Design and Manufacture of IVC Filters Leads to Patient Harm

While IVC filters are intended to help patients by preventing blood clots from traveling to essential organs, the devices are defective; there are countless reports of adverse patient events that are associated with the filters. As early as 2010, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration issued a safety communication that reported 921 device adverse event reports (from 2005 to 2010). Some of the adverse events reported include:

  • Device migration. IVC filters have been reported to migrate from their initiation placement site to other areas within the body, which can be dangerous.
  • Embolization refers to the detachment of device components – these components may then migrate to other parts of the body.
  • Perforation of the IVC. IVC filters have, in some cases, actually perforated patients’ inferior vena cava, as well as other organs, both of which can be extremely dangerous and lead to internal bleeding.
  • Filter fracture. The fracture of an IVC filter is dangerous and indicative of defective design or manufacture. If a filter is to fracture, it may perforate the vena cava or other organs.

These adverse events are still happening, and patients continue to suffer harm.

It should also be noted that the filters do not always work as intended in that a patient may still develop a blood clot and suffer from pulmonary embolism despite filter placement. In fact, Complications of Inferior Vena Cava Filters, published in Seminars in Interventional Radiology, found that the prevalence of pulmonary embolism, after filter placement in 1,731 patients was 5.6 percent, and fatal 3.7 percent of the time. According to the report, complications associated with pulmonary embolism and death include:

  • Procedural complications;
  • Filter fracture;
  • IVC thrombosis;
  • Filter migration; and
  • Complications of filter retrieval after implantation.

IVC Filter Manufacturers Face Lawsuits

Patients who have suffered harm as a result of an IVC filter have taken things to court by filing lawsuits against prominent filter manufacturers, including Bard and Cook. These lawsuits allege that the filters were defectively designed, and that this defective design was the cause of the filters’ failures and patients’ harm. Those who have filed suit against Cook and Bard are seeking damages for:

  • Medical expenses, including expenses associated directly with filter implantation and removal, as well as expenses for any injuries related to harm caused by the filter and any cost of future injuries;
  • Emotional distress for the psychosocial and emotional trauma that patients have suffered as a result of harm caused by IVC filters;
  • Wrongful death damages, including damages for medical expenses, loss of earning capacity and lost wages, funeral and burial expenses, and loss of consortium when the claim is filed by a surviving family member; and
  • All other economic and noneconomic damages that a victim has incurred due to IVC filter harm.

Do I Have a Case?

If you are a person who has had a filter implanted into your intra vena cava, and if you have suffered harm as a direct result of that insertion, filter failure, or removal, you may have a lawsuit for damages. The best thing that you can do is to contact an experienced Knoxville defective medical device attorney today for a free case consultation.

Our Attorneys Will Advocate for You

Many IVC filter victims have already taken action to hold defective IVC filter manufacturers liable by filing a lawsuit. If an IVC filter has caused you harm, you have the right to take legal action too. Our Knoxville defective medical device attorneys at Fox & Farley, Attorneys at Law, have been working on the behalf of injury victims for more than 30 years, and know what it takes to fight back against big medical device manufacturing companies. We will help you by:

  • Organizing your medical data to highlight harm caused by an IVC filter;
  • Extensively investigating any filter defects and other claims of IVC filter harm;
  • Filing your suit;
  • Working with medical and device design experts; and
  • Negotiating for a fair settlement or/and presenting your case in court.

When you have been injured, choose the representation of a legal professional who puts people over profits – choose the team at Fox & Farley, Attorneys at Law. Your initial consultation with us is always free, so fill out our online form or pick up the phone and call our offices today. After hours and out-of-office appointments are available.

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