IVC Filter FAQs
What are Retrievable IVC Filters?
Permanent IVC filters were used for many years to treat patients who were at high risk for blood clots and pulmonary embolisms. In 2003 and 2004, permanent IVC filters with the option to retrieve were placed on the market as a optionally temporary treatment. When a patient was no longer at risk for blood clots these retrievable filters could be removed.
How Long Would a Patient Have the IVC Filter?
That depends on the patient. Some people see reduced pulmonary embolism risk within a few weeks, others take months. Since 2014, reports and warnings from the FDA have suggested that devices be taken out within 29-54 days of implantation if the patient’s transient risk of pulmonary embolism has passed.
That’s Not the Patient’s Fault – Can Someone Else Be Held Accountable?
Yes. In fact, there are numerous lawsuits against the manufacturers of these devices. Reports suggest that the manufacturers knew of the risks, but failed to warn consumers that IVC filters might be dangerous.
I Was Injured Because of an IVC Filter, What are My Options?
You have the right to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of your IVC filter. A lawsuit filed in federal court may be transferred to a central Federal District Court for the purposes of joint discovery against the IVC manufacturer. This allows you to “team up” with other plaintiffs and take on the device manufacturer. However, your case remains a separate individual case, it is not part of a class action.
What is My Next Step?
Contact a personal injury attorney who is experienced in defective device law and knows about the IVC filter cases. Your attorney will help you build your case. He or she will also help you determine what damages you should claim.
What are Damages?
Damages are the types of “injuries” you sustained because of the other party’s actions. Damages can include:
- Medical expenses, such as medical bills, doctor’s visits, cost of medication, etc.
- Lost wages, for any time you’ve missed work or will continue to miss work because of the injuries.
- Mental or physical pain and suffering caused by your injuries.
- Loss of consortium, when you or a loved one lost the ability to have a relationship, either mentally or physically.
- In some cases, wrongful death, if you lost a loved one as a result of his or her injuries.
Where Can I Find an Attorney?
Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP is an exceptionally experienced in personal injury law firm and we concentrate in defective device cases.
We’ve been following the IVC filter liability for years, so we know the various claims and reports surrounding the issue. Furthermore, we are a passionate group of attorneys, and we believe the manufacturers of these devices must be held accountable for their negligence. Contact us today if you have any questions, or if you would like to discuss your case.