What is an IVC Blood Filter?

ivcAn IVC filter is a wire device that looks something like a spider, set snugly against the walls of the Inferior Vena Cava (“IVC”), which is one of the two main veins that carry blood to the heart. Unfortunately, any one of the metal extremities on the device can fracture and be carried away by the blood stream, finding its way to the heart or lungs. The likelihood of splintering increases the longer the device remains in the body.

The use of an IVC filter may cause the following problems:

  • IVC Filter migration
  • IVC Filter fracture
  • IVC Filter perforation
  • Tilting of the IVC Filter
  • The inability to retrieve the IVC Filter
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Compromised respiration
  • Stroke
  • Death

Lawsuits against IVC filter manufacturers:

Litigation against manufacturers of IVC Blood Filters is now occurring in state courts across the country as well as in federal “MDL”proceedings (Multi-District Litigation) in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona (as to Bard) and the United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana (as to Cook).

The Plaintiffs in these cases essentially allege that certain models of Bard’s and Cook’s IVC Filter products are defective (due to inordinate incidents of migration and breakage), and that these Defendants have been failing to warn physicians and patients of the defects which give rise to these complications, resulting in injuries to patients.  At Wetherall Group, we view implanting or retrieving physicians to be as much the victims of the alleged defects and concealments as their patients, and we are therefore not pursuing claims against those physicians. We are, however, investigating claims against Bard and Cook on behalf of patients who have been injured by their IVC devices, and on behalf of persons who have not yet experienced migration or breakage of their IVC filter but may require more vigilant medical monitoring going forward.

Why Choose Wetherall Group?

On January 26, 2015, the law firms of Wetherall Group, Heaviside Reed Zaic, and Lopez McHugh and represented Plaintiff Kevin Phillips in the second lawsuit in the nation to proceed to trial against Bard for its defective IVC filters.  In Mr. Phillips’ case, he contended that a Bard “Recovery” Filter migrated from his inferior vena cava and punctured a hole in his heart, leading to emergency open heart surgery.   After several years of intense litigation and 11 days of trial, Mr. Phillips’ case was resolved to the satisfaction of all parties.

At Wetherall Group, we know the work and experience these cases require, and are prepared to help others like Kevin Phillips who have suffered injury from one of these devices, or who live with the daily fear of a life-threatening complication from their device.  If you or someone you know has been injured by an IVC filter, contact us today at 702-838-8500 or pwetherall@wetherallgroup.com.

What Can I Do If I Have Been Injured By An IVC Filter?

The Wetherall Group is investigating this and other allegations about IVC filters. If you or someone you love suffered serious injury or died due to complications from an IVC filter, contact our office by using the form on the right or calling 702-838-8500 or e-mailing pwetherall@wetherallgroup.com  pwetherall@wetherallgroup.cto discuss your legal options. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries or loss. There is no obligation when contacting us, but we encourage you to give us a call immediately because every state has deadlines for bringing claims.

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