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IVC Filters

We stand up to manufacturers of dangerous medical devices

In recent years, retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filters have been at the center of several lawsuits. If left in the body for too long, these defective medical devices can cause serious injuries and even death.

ivc-filterIVC filters are small devices surgically inserted into the inferior vena cava - a major blood vessel that returns blood from the lower half of the body to the heart - in order to catch blood clots and block them from traveling to the lungs. These filters are used to treat patients at risk for pulmonary embolism (PE) if they cannot take blood thinners.

Removable IVC filters are designed to stay in the body temporarily and should be removed after the risk of PE subsides. When they are not, they can cause serious complications, including:

  • Infection
  • Filter fracture and migration
  • Perforation of the heart, lungs or inferior vena cava
  • Severe chest pain
  • Excess fluid around the heart, leading to compression
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in the lower limbs
  • Hematoma
  • Stroke
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Death

If you or a loved one have suffered any of these complications due to a defective IVC filter, you may be entitled to financial compensation - and the Gervelis Law Firm can help.

Turn to Gervelis Law Firm for help with your IVC filter case

Two manufacturers, Cook Medical and C.R. Bard, have been at the center of IVC litigation. Five filters are known to be particularly likely to cause injury:inferior-vena-cava

  • Bard Recovery
  • Bard G2
  • Bard G2 Express
  • Cook Gunther Tulip
  • Cook Celect

Several previous lawsuits have alleged that Bard and Cook have committed several types of negligent acts under product liability law. Plaintiffs have argued that they produced filters with defective designs, failed to warn consumers of the dangers associated with their IVC filters, misrepresented the facts about their products and breached an implied warranty - as patients could reasonably expect the filters to be safe when used as directed.

Damages in IVC filter cases fall into two broad categories. The first are damages in personal injury cases for patients injured by IVC filters - or for family members of people killed by complications from their IVC filters. The second are cases to pay for ongoing monitoring to show that IVC filters that have already been implanted in current patients have not embolized or broken into pieces.

If you've been injured due to complications from a defective IVC filter, we can help. Contact our law firm today to explore your legal options. Our attorneys are actively reviewing cases related to IVC filters, and we'll put our experience to work for you.

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