IVC Filters Linked to Fatal Heart Conditions
One of the most dangerous conditions in modern medicine is a pulmonary embolism, a sudden major blood vessel blockage in the lung usually caused by a blood clot. In the last several years, doctors have combated this condition by inserting inferior vena cava (IVC) filters into patients at risk of pulmonary embolism. The devices are designed to catch fragments of blood clots in the pelvis and legs before they can travel to the lungs or heart.
IVC filters have been implanted into thousands of patients who are:
- suffering from deep vein thrombosis,
- recent trauma patients,
- recovering from surgery,
- suffering from a pulmonary embolism,
- or are at risk of developing a pulmonary embolism.
IVC filters have come under scrutiny recently due to increased risks of failure, sending fragments of the device and the blood clots it has collected directly to the heart. When these devices fail, serious health conditions can result, even death.
If you or someone you love suffered complications after having an IVC filter implanted, call our product liability lawyers today. We’ll investigate the true nature of your injuries and work to hold the manufacturer accountable. There may be time restrictions for getting compensation, so call us today.