An 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 above to 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 contact us immediately because every state has deadlines for bringing claims.
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