Pierced Blood Vessel from an IVC Filter Sparks a Lawsuit

Few medical devices have caused as much misery and injury as IVC filters in recent years. Now the first of many trials has been slated for October after a woman claimed a pierced blood vessel from an IVC filter.

IVC filters are intended to catch blood clots that form in the legs of patients before they reach vital organs.

However, in some cases these filters break up, posing a serious danger to the life of the patient.

Cooper Hurley's John Cooper talks about IVC filters

IVC Filters are Inferior Vena Cava Filters. They have been responsible for numerous injuries and deaths since being introduced in hospitals in 2005. More than 2,000 claims have been filed against IVC filter manufacturer Cook Medical.

The first bellwether trial is slated to begin Oct. 2 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District for Indiana.

The blood-clot filter is so named because it is implanted in the inferior vena cava – the body’s largest vein.

The device is meant to stop blood clots that form in the patient’s legs before they get to vital organs such as the lungs and the heart.

IVC filters are an alternative to the anticoagulant Heparin in trauma patients. However, these retrievable filters have a high rate of failure and are prone to breaking up in the body.

Florida Woman Claims Pierced Blood Vessel from an IVC Filter

The first scheduled case highlights the potential danger of IVC filters.  A woman from Florida was implanted with a device called the Cook Medical Celect Cava in 2010.

The surgeon’s attempts to later remove the filter failed. The woman was given an endoscopy procedure that found a pierced blood vessel from an IVC filter. It was a large and important blood vessel. The filter also pierced the woman’s small intestine. She suffered serious complications and was transferred to another hospital where the filter was finally removed.

IVC filters are manufactured by a host of companies including C.R. Bard, Inc., and Cordis. Both companies are facing a raft of lawsuits – Bard in Arizona and Cordis in California.

If you or a loved one has been harmed by an IVC filter, our dangerous medical devices attorneys may be able to help you and make sure you are included in a mass tort action. Call us today at (757) 455-0077.

Bill O'Mara

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