Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are medical devices that are usually administered to patients who have a pulmonary embolism and cannot take anticoagulant drugs. Although these filters are supposed to protect the patient from blood clot obstructions, they might create major health risks in the process.
Our firm knows that IVC filters can have dangerous outcomes for patients. This medical tool is included among the dangerous products that we encounter as we help clients fight against negligent manufacturers. Salim-Beasley, LLC is well-equipped to treat your IVC filter failure case with the utmost care.
How Can An IVC Filter Become A Threat?
Unfortunately, these devices have recently been found to break, allowing fragments to migrate to the heart and lungs as well as to the other vital organs of the body. When the IVC filter breaks, they cause severe — if not fatal — injuries.
The resulting complications could include:
- Internal bleeding
- Lower limb deep vein thrombosis
- Ventricle tachycardia
- Pulmonary embolism
- Nerve damage
How To Know If An IVC Filter May Have Failed
Some of the warning signs of an IVC filter failure include severe pain in the chest or heart, hemorrhage, perforation of tissues, organs and blood vessels, respiratory compromise and pulmonary embolus.
Patients that believe their IVC filter has fractured should immediately contact their doctor, and a CT scan is done to determine if the device has failed. If so, patients can then explain their case to Salim-Beasley, LLC to see if securing compensation may be a possibility.
Review Your Legal Options
You may have a strong case if the IVC filter has left permanent adverse effects such as life-threatening injuries, hemorrhages, heart attacks and blood clots. Our product liability litigation attorneys represent injured patients across the United States as well as families whose loved ones have died because of a medical device failure.