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IVC Filter Complications

 IVC filter implants help people at risk for pulmonary embolism. Often, these patients are unable to use blood thinners. Instead, a surgeon implants a filter in the inferior vena cava. Find out more about IVC filter complications and when to call a lawyer.

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What Does An IVC Filter Do?

An IVC filter is literally a filter for the largest vein in the body, the inferior vena cava. Once implanted, it catches blood clots before they reach the lungs. 

Faulty Medical Device

IVC filters are tiny medical implants. Devices from Rex Medical and Bard require surgery to implant. Faulty devices move or break inside the body. Of course, this creates a problem. But, the scary truth is not every faulty device causes symptoms. Patients may not have any symptoms at all.

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Faulty IVC Filter Symptoms

  • Stomach or back pain
  • Chest pain
  • Neck pain
  • Confusion
  • Dizzyness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Pain and swelling of the lower extremities

IVC Filter Injuries

When an IVC filter moves, the tiny parts can scratch and cut internally. Additionally, any internal movement can cause serious health issues. Broken pieces cause damage to vital organs. Generally, these pieces are lost or impossible to remove.

List Of Known IVC Filter Complications

  • Placement complications
  • Blood clots
  • Collapsed lung
  • Air embolization
  • Abnormal heart rhythm
  • Tilting
  • Breakage
  • Migration
  • Perforation
  • Failure to open
  • Caval thrombosis

Defective IVC Filter

People depend on IVC filters to protect them from dangerous health problems. But, thousands of people have found their IVC filter is defective. This puts their health in mortal danger. People have stepped forward and filed lawsuits against the defective IVC filter manufacturers.

When To Call A Lawyer

If you have any concerns about your IVC filter, talk to your doctor. We always tell people to get a second opinion from an outside doctor. This is for your own safety.

When an IVC filter causes complications, talk to an attorney. An experienced product liability and medical mistake lawyer can give you sound advice. Learn how to protect your rights with a free consultation.

Product Liability Lawyer in Lancaster, PA

Haggerty & Silverman is your trusted personal injury attorney in Lancaster, PA. Our legal team is also here to answer any questions you have about your situation. Call or text us anytime at 717-397-3200. Or, use our online contact form and schedule a free legal consultation.