Inferior vena cava filters,  more commonly called IVC filters, are tiny medical devices designed to be surgically implanted in patients’ veins to catch blood clots before they enter the lungs. IVC filters are used to prevent pulmonary embolism, potentially fatal arterial blockage in the lung, but the filters themselves pose a serious risk of injury.

In fact, IVC filters have been linked to multiple medical complications, and hundreds of adverse reports have been filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which has since issued warnings about the devices.

Austin IVC Filters Litigation Attorney

The dangers associated with IVC filters are well documented. The FDA has warned that the devices, which are supposed to be retrievable after being implanted, should be removed from the body between 29 and 54 days after the surgical procedure, or as soon as the patient is no longer at risk of a blot clot.

However, for some patients the filters remained in the body much longer than 54 days, in some cases for years, resulting in serious harm. Patients’ lawsuits have linked faulty IVC filters to numerous medical problems, including:

  • Punctured blood vessels
  • Punctured organs
  • Filters’ legs breaking off
  • Filters migrating to other parts of the body
  • Embolisms despite the use of IVC filters

Holding Medical Device Manufacturers Accountable

Makers of IVC filters are currently being sued in hundreds of lawsuits. Patients say the devices were poorly designed and manufactured, and that the manufacturers were negligent and failed to warn about the dangers.

The following companies are among the most prominent medical device manufacturers being sued:

  • Cook Medical
  • C.R. Bard
  • Boston Scientific

Contact Shaw Cowart LLP If You or a Loved One Has Been Harmed by an IVC Filter

Companies that manufacture medical devices tend to have significant resources to defend against product liability claims. Consequently, injured patients need experienced and aggressive legal representation, even when it’s clear that an injury or death resulted from a faulty medical device.

At Shaw Cowart LLP, we have the experience, skill and resources to take on large manufacturers and obtain optimal results for our clients. You can fill out our online consultation form or call our Austin law office at 512-499-8900. We understand what you’re going through, and we can help.


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