Critical Concerns over IVC Filter Dangers and Complications

August 23, 2015

recent study from The Journal of the American Medical Association revealed that the benefits of the IVC filter procedure are not always clear, when examined alongside the risks. The study stated that, “Although retrievable inferior vena cava filters are frequently used in addition to anticoagulation in patients with acute venous thromboembolism, their benefit-risk ratio is unclear… Primary efficacy outcome was symptomatic recurrent pulmonary embolism at 3 months. Secondary outcomes were recurrent pulmonary embolism at 6 months, symptomatic deep vein thrombosis, major bleeding, death at 3 and 6 months, and filter complications.” Patients have reported complications, such as blood clots, chest pains, pain in the filter area, and ultimately, death from pulmonary embolism. In some cases, the IVC filter migrates inside the body, and cannot be removed. The tragic consequences of this possibly unnecessary and dangerous medical device are increasing, while at the same time, one of the leading manufacturers of the IVC filter are experiencing massive growth in financial profits.

Legal Commentary
From a civil standpoint, our firm represents families who are victims of the dangerous and life threatening effects following IVC filter surgery. If you or a loved one experienced any of these problems because of an implanted or removed IVC filter, we encourage you to consult with one of our IVC Filter attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim against the responsible party will ensure relief from the burden of costly medical expenses. We will also pursue compensation for the pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work as a result of IVC filter complications. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by emailing Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at +1.888.352.4850.
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