Should I File an IVC Filter Lawsuit?

You may be able to file a claim against the manufacturer of an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter if:

  • Your IVC filter complications required additional procedures or medical care
  • Your surgeon attempted to remove all of your IVC filter but failed to do so
  • You lost a family member to a pulmonary embolism caused by a broken or loose IVC filter
  • Your filter has migrated from its original placement, which is identified upon doing a CT scan that we can arrange

Some IVC Filter Complications Are Serious and Even Deadly

The attorneys from Tosi & Rose offer no-cost case reviews if you or a loved one suffered complications related to an IVC filter.

IVC filters look somewhat like spiders, with a small central body and several long, thin metal legs. They go into the inferior vena cava, the largest vein in the body, to snare any blood clots or other embolism threats headed toward the heart and lungs. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends using them only temporarily and removing them 29 to 54 days after placement.

If left in place too long, the filter can migrate or fracture. When this happens, the patient may experience complications that include:

  • Blocking blood flow in the vein
  • Embedding in the vein walls and/or perforating them
  • Embedding in a nearby organ
  • Traveling to the heart or lungs and cause an embolism
  • Puncturing the vena cava and cause internal bleeding

If you have this type of filter and experience any symptoms of IVC filter problems or another serious health issue, you need emergency medical care. Some complications related to IVC filter placement can be deadly. Symptoms of a complication may include:

  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Chest pain and shortness of breath
  • Increased pulse and heart rate
  • Orthopnea, chest fullness, and other signs of hemorrhagic pericardial effusion
  • Low blood pressure, shortness of breath, and lightheadedness

Another complication you may experience related to an IVC filter occurs when your doctor tries to remove it. All too often, the filter becomes embedded in the surrounding tissues and cannot be safely removed. Any part that remains in place could cause complications later.

If you experienced any of these symptoms or complications, you might be eligible to pursue compensation in an IVC filter lawsuit.

Some Patients Require Additional Treatment Because of Filter Complications

If you required additional medical care because there was a problem with your IVC filter or you suffered a complication, you likely qualify to file an IVC filter lawsuit designed to hold the manufacturer of your IVC filter liable for your damages. While some people require only observation, others need to undergo extensive surgery to correct their symptoms or to prevent life-threatening complications.

You may want to consider pursuing compensation against the maker of your IVC filter if they could not remove your filter completely or if you needed an additional procedure to:

  • Revise IVC filter placement following migration or fracture
  • Remove additional parts of the IVC filter following a failed attempted removal
  • Repair the damage caused by a fractured IVC filter
  • Stop internal bleeding or prevent a serious bleed

There Are Thousands of Plaintiffs Involved in Multidistrict Litigation Against IVC Filter Manufacturers

As of May 2019, thousands of people have cases pending in multidistrict litigation (MDL) against IVC filter manufacturers. When you reach out to the Tosi & Rose team, we will review the facts of your case and help you understand your legal options. If you meet the qualifications, we will take legal action to join this mass tort, seek a mass tort against the manufacturer of your device, or pursue another option.

We will need to request and review your relevant medical records and build a strong case showing you suffered injuries because of the IVC filter, or your loved one passed away because of it. We will also document your related expenses and losses. Some plaintiffs already recovered multi-million dollar payouts from their IVC filter lawsuits.

Let Tosi & Rose Review Your Dangerous IVC Filter Case for Free Today

If you or a loved one suffered injuries related to an IVC filter complication, the IVC blood clot filter lawsuit lawyers from Tosi & Rose will review your case for free and help you understand if you should file an IVC filter lawsuit. Our team will evaluate the facts of your case on their own merits and explain the strengths and weaknesses of your case.

Our team knows what it takes to win in a dangerous or defective medical devices case and wants to build a strong case for you. Call us today at 888-311-8292 for your free initial consultation.

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