IVC filters are used to reduce the risk that a patient will have a stroke or heart attack because of a blood clot. Unfortunately, IVC filters are now being referred to as “deadly missiles” because of the fact that they fracture off and travel into the heart and lungs and cause the very same deadly problem that the filter was supposed to prevent.
Bard IVC Filters Have 25% Risk of Fracturing
If you and three other people were receiving a Bard IVC filter on the same day, statistics state that one of you will experience the side effects associated with the filter fracturing. It’s been shown that Bard IVC filters have a 25% chance of fracturing after they are implanted.
Another study presented has even more devastating statistics. It showed that Bard IVC filters have a 38% chance of fracturing within five years of being implanted into the patient. Bard isn’t the only IVC filter manufacturer in the hot seat. In 2015, a study of Cook’s Celect IVC filters showed that 43% fractured within two months of being implanted.
IVC Filters Are Meant to Be Removed
IVC filters are meant to be removed after the risk of blood clot has been eliminated. However, many patients are not informed of this. In fact, only about 30% of IVC filter patients ever have their filter removed. If you have an IVC filter, make sure that you talk with your healthcare provider to have it removed as soon as it is medically acceptable.
IVC Filter Lawsuit Numbers Continue to Grow
IVC filter lawsuit numbers continue to grow. If you or your loved one experienced the devastation of the “deadly missiles” that resulted from a fractured IVC filter, you may have legal rights that need to be protected.
IVC filter lawsuits are being filed against the manufacturers of the filters. Allegations against the manufacturers include failure to warn patients and healthcare professionals about the high risk of fracture and injury. The injuries in the lawsuits include damage to internal organs, perforations, and pulmonary embolisms. Documentation from Bard exists that illustrates that the manufacturer knew about the fragment risk, but went as far as to forge signatures on paperwork for FDA approval.
What Injuries Result from Fractured IVC Filters?
Fractured IVC filters don’t always cause a pulmonary embolism. There are many injuries that can be caused if the filter breaks and travels through the body. Common injuries include:
- Problems with heart rhythm
- Internal bleeding
Find Out If You Would Benefit from an IVC Filter Lawsuit
When an IVC filter fractures, the results can be devastating or even deadly. If you or someone you love was hurt because of a fractured IVC filter, call Goldwater Law Firm. You may benefit from an IVC filter lawsuit. Call now. Your legal rights must be protected. Goldwater Law Firm provides free case reviews and has the necessary experience to help you get the compensation that you deserve. To learn more, contact us now.