Were you injured by a defective IVC filter? You may qualify for an Illinois IVC filter lawsuit. Since 2003, retrievable IVC filters have been linked to hundreds of adverse events and injuries. A growing number of people are now seeking justice by filling an Illinois IVC filter lawsuit. Many people allege that they were not adequately warned about the risk of filter fracture, embolization of filter fragments, organ perforation, and permanent complications if a surgeon cannot successfully remove a broken filter.
Need an Illinois IVC Filter Lawyer? If you or your loved one is a resident of Illinois and suffered from an IVC filter side effect, contact our law firm immediately for a free case consultation. If you file an Illinois IVC filter lawsuit, you could receive compensation for your injury, medical expenses, and more.
What’s the problem with IVC Filters?
The problem with retrievable IVC filters is that they are more likely to migrate, erode, or fracture when they are left in a patient after the risk of pulmonary embolism subsides. Researchers have linked the Bard Recovery to a 40% 5.5-year fracture-rate. In 2012, the Archives of Internal Medicine published a study linking the Bard G2 to a 12% fracture-rate, but only 54% of patients could have the fractured pieces successfully removed from their body.
Life-threatening IVC Filter Side Effects
Due to the high rate of life-threatening complications, many experts are concerned that IVC filters may not actually reduce the risk of death for most patients at risk of a pulmonary embolism (especially if the patient is stable and does not already have blood clots). The most serious IVC filter side effects include:
- Filter fracture (broken pieces may travel in the body)
- Migration; filter may become ineffective
- Erosion of the filter into the inferior vena cava
- Perforation of the heart, lungs, or blood vessels
- Filter gets clogged with blood clots
- Slow blood circulation through filter
- Bleeding or fluid around the heart (hemorrhagic pericardial effusion)
- Irregular heart rhythm (cardiac tamponade)
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
- Pulmonary embolism (PE)
- Additional surgery
- Filter pieces may remain in the body
- Long-term follow-up care
Do I Have an Illinois IVC Filter Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in IVC filter lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new IVC filter lawsuits in Illinois.
Free Illinois IVC Filter Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was treated with an IVC filter and suffered a severe side effect, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.