IVC filter migration is another growing concern linked to the blood clot filters. Although rare, IVC filters have migrated from their intended location in some patients. Consequences of filter migration can by severe and life-threatening. When the filter moves, it can increase the risk of organ perforation. Additionally, when the IVC filter moves, it is no longer able to sufficiently stop blood clots from reaching the heart, which can lead to a pulmonary embolism if not detected in time.
IVC filters are small, implantable devices that are used in people who are not able to take regular blood thinning medication. The purpose of the device is to catch blood clots and trap them before they are able to cause complications to an individual. Although the filters do serve their purpose, they also have a tendency to produce serious and life-threatening side-effects. Filter migration is one of those side-effects. It is possible for the device to move from its intended location after it has been implanted. This can occur due to the device fracturing and moving freely, or it can occur without fracture, because it has been jarred out of place.
Device migration can cause a wide variety of medical complications. When the device moves, it can damage the inferior vena cava vein that it is located in. Additionally, it could perforate other organs in the vicinity. Organ perforation is a serious concern and often might require immediate medical attention. It is not uncommon for IVC filter patients to require additional surgeries to remove the device, or correct a problem the device has caused internally. When these complications occur, a lawsuit can be filed against the device makers for failing to manufacture a safe and reliable medical device.
IVC Filter Migration: FDA Warnings & Lawsuits
The United States Food & Drug Administration has released safety communications regarding the IVC filters. The first was released in 2010, and stated that medical professionals should remove IVC filters from patient’s hearts as soon as the risk of blood clots no longer exists. In 2014, they amended their recommendation, requiring all filters to be removed between the 29th and 54th day after insertion, due to complications that could arise. Lawsuits against the makers of IVC filters have already been filed, dating back to 2010. They continue to be filed today. Settlements have not yet been awarded, but they are expected to be substantial due to the seriousness of the complications involved.
File Your IVC Filter Migration Lawsuit
If you or a loved one have suffered complications due to an IVC filter implant, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the makers of the device. It is important to contact an attorney right away if you believe this to be the case, as there are specific deadlines that must be met in order to file a lawsuit. If you miss your specific deadline, you case will not be able to be tried.
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