IVC Filters

Minneapolis IVC Filter Injury Attorneys

Inferior Vena Cava Filters

Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters are designed to prevent blood clots from traveling to a patient’s lung (pulmonary emboli). They are most often implanted in patients who are not good candidates for blood thinners. Unfortunately, many of these filters fail, and frequently, a patient will have no idea that their filter is not functioning as intended. This can happen in the form of a leg breaking off of the filter, the filter migrating out of its intended position, and/or the filter puncturing the vena cava by rotating into an improper position. These filter failures can cause severe injuries or death.

For over a decade, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has been receiving complaints that malfunctions have occurred after patients received retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filters. These filters are implanted in patients that may be at risk of developing blood clots. The filter is essentially designed to catch blood clots – preventing them from migrating to a patient’s lungs or heart, which can lead to a stroke or even death.

While IVC filters are intended to protect a patient from further harm, they have actually been found to cause horrible injuries. In some cases, these injuries have been fatal. IVC filters can malfunction, move, or break, causing any of the following to occur in a patient:

  • Organ perforation
  • Blood vessel puncture
  • Pieces of the filter migrate and damage another part of the body
  • Filter malfunction due to breakage

Any of these problems can lead to corrective surgeries, pain, suffering, and even wrongful death in the worst of cases.

Case Quick Facts

The Problem

While IVC filters were designed to prevent blood clots, many of them are not designed in a manner that is safe for patient use. This defective design can make the filters difficult or impossible for surgeons to remove. Additionally, the design of many of these filters did not adequately account for the constant flow of blood through a patient’s veins, making the filters prone to movement from their intended positions. When the filters move, they also cease to be as effective as they should be at preventing a pulmonary embolism. Finally, while many IVC filters are marketed as being retrievable or removable, many become permanently embedded and cannot be removed without a major surgery.

The Injuries

While IVC filters are intended to protect a patient from further harm, they have actually been found to cause horrible injuries. In some cases, these injuries have been fatal.

IVC filters can malfunction, move, or break, causing any of the following to occur in a patient:

  • Perforation of veins or organs
  • Filter migration
  • Filter malfunction due to breakage
  • Lack of efficacy (filter doesn’t work as intended)
  • Filter becomes permanently embedded and cannot be removed
  • Filter breakage

The Defendant(s)

There are a number of filters on the market, made by a number of different manufacturers.

GoldenbergLaw, PLLC is currently accepting cases involving filters made by the following manufacturers:

  • C.R. Bard, Inc. and Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc.
  • Cook, Inc.
  • Cordis, Corp.

GoldenbergLaw, PLLC Can Help

The litigation status is currently active for cases against C.R. Cook Inc., Bard PV, and Cordis, and GoldenbergLaw, PLLC is actively challenging these manufacturers on behalf of those affected. If you or a loved one have faced negative health consequences due to one of these products, please get in touch with one of the lawyers on our experienced team.

About IVC Filters

IVC filters are designed to capture blood clots moving through the vena cava, a large vein carrying deoxygenated blood into the heart. These devices are approved for patients who cannot tolerate anticoagulation therapy (blood thinners) and are widely used in patients diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis.

How Are IVC Filters Failing?

The shape of some filters, which resemble a spider-like component, lends itself to dangerous migration, perforation, and/or tendency to fracture. Further, these filters are very difficult, if not impossible, to remove after implanted, even though they are indicated as being temporary, making it very difficult for doctors to take the dangerous device out of patients.

Types of Filters GoldenbergLaw, PLLC is Investigating

Bard PV

Product names: Recovery, G2, G2 Express (G2X), Eclipse, Meridian, Denali

Cook Inc.

Product names: Gunther Tulip, Gunther Tulip Mreye, Celect, Celect Platinum


Product names: Optease Retrievable Filter, Trapease Permanent Filter

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