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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has repeatedly warned about the risks associated with a medical device known as an IVC filter.

These filters are placed in a patient’s inferior vena cava (IVC) near their heart to capture blood clots and prevent pulmonary embolism, a condition in which one or more arteries in the lungs become blocked by a blood clot.

Unfortunately, these IVC filters have been found to splinter and send shards of the device throughout the bloodstream. These complications can be life-threatening. The FDA has documented hundreds of complications with these devices. In 2010 and again in 2014, the FDA recommended IVC filters be removed as soon as the risk of pulmonary embolism subsides to decrease the likelihood of complications. The agency said it had received nearly 1,000 complication reports in a five-year span.

See FDA Warning Letter to IVC Filter manufacturer, C.R. Bard Inc.

Dangerous Filter Shards Can Strike the Lungs, Brain or Heart

The FDA detailed the potential hazards, including:

  • Pieces of the filter can break off and can travel to the heart, causing heart attack, or to the brain, causing stroke.
  • Components that puncture internal organs or lodge in blood vessels.
  • Filters that migrate or change their position.
The Western Journal of Emergency Medicine calculated that 40% of all IVC filters will fracture within 5.5 years of being implanted.

What Can I Do If I Have Been Injured By An IVC Filter?

Capretz & Associates is investigating this and other allegations about IVC filters. If you or someone you love suffered serious injury or died due to complications from an IVC filter, contact our office by calling (800) 351-8588 to discuss your legal options or click on the “Contact the Firm” button on the right to have an attorney contact you. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries or loss. There is no obligation when contacting us, but we encourage you to give us a call because every state has deadlines for bringing claims.

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