IVC Filters: Warnings & Complications

Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are devices used to prevent blood clots from traveling to the lungs. They are implanted into the lungs of patients who can’t take anticoagulants. The filters capture clots in the bloodstream and dissolve them before they can move to the lungs.

Recently, we took on a case for a client who had to have her IVC filter removed — an option chosen by doctors only when absolutely medically necessary because of the grave risks involved. Her surgery, projected to last two hours, became a harrowing, six hour ordeal when it was discovered her device had no hook or loop to aid in retrieval. These devices have caused harm while in the body, and removing them can cause harm as well.

Law Offices of Gary Green is investigating IVC filter cases involving several serious complications, including:

  • device migration
  • heart/lung perforation
  • perforation or puncture of tissue or other organ(s)
  • cardiac tamponade

Five filters in particular are now at the center of many lawsuits: Bard Recovery Filter, Bard G2 Filter, Bard G2 Express Filter, Cook Gunther Tulip Filter, and Cook Celect Filter.

Law Offices of Gary Green is investigating IVC filter claims involving the aforementioned filters. Call us toll-free at 1-888-4GARYGREEN or email ggreen@gGreen.com.

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