IVC Filter Lawsuit Signed Cases
The inferior vena cava (IVC) is a large vein in the middle of your body. An IVC filter is a small, surgically implanted device designed to stop blood clots from travelling up through the vein into the lungs or heart, which could be fatal. The problem is the filter can move into the lungs or heart, or it may fall apart and its remnants could travel through the body.
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Why IVC filters are used
Veins are blood vessels bringing oxygen-poor blood and waste products back to the heart. Arteries bring oxygen-rich blood and nutrients to the body. A deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot (a thickening and clumping together of blood) in a vein deep inside the body. Most of the time this clot forms inside a vein in the thigh or lower leg.
The veins in your legs have tiny valves that help keep blood moving back up toward the heart. But a DVT may damage one or more of these valves so they weaken or become leaky. As a result, blood pools in the legs. If blood flows very slowly through the veins, the risk blood cells will stick together and form a clot increases.
DVT can cause swelling, pain, and tenderness in the leg. A clot in a leg vein can break free and stick in a vessel in the lung, blocking the vessel. This is a pulmonary embolism, which can cause severe shortness of breath and death.
The IVC is the major vein bringing oxygen-poor blood from the lower body back to the heart, which pumps the blood to the lungs to pick up oxygen. An IVC filter is a small, wiry device. Ideally the blood in the IVC will flow past the filter while it catches blood clots, preventing them from moving up to the heart and lungs and causing a pulmonary embolism.
The IVC filter is placed through a small incision in a vein in the groin or neck. A catheter is inserted and moved into the IVC. A collapsed filter is sent with the catheter, left in the IVC, the catheter is removed, the filter is supposed to expand and attach itself to the IVC walls. It may be left in place permanently or later removed.
The IVC filter won’t prevent a DVT but it’s supposed to prevent a pulmonary embolism if the patient has a DVT. The filter may be recommended if the person has a DVT or pulmonary embolism, or have had either in the past. One may also be implanted if the patient has a high risk of getting a DVT.
Why IVC filters are causing problems which are leading to lawsuits
Patients can be injured when the filter is inserted, while it’s in the body or when surgeons try to remove it. The filter can move or fracture so the entire thing, or parts of it, can move into the heart or lungs or perforate other organs. In one 2014 medical journal article, doctors documented the case of a 23 year old woman whose IVC came apart, with pieces in her arteries and puncturing her heart. They were surgically removed and the patient recovered.
They stated the patient wasn’t aware the filter could disintegrate. According to the article,
“Although IVC filters have been shown to be relatively safe and effective, significant complications have been reported. Fracture and migration is a recognized complication of IVC filter placement, however, patients may not be aware that a filter can fracture and migrate as in the presented case. Activities involving a sudden, intense increase in intra-abdominal pressure have been noted to be frequently associated with filter fracture and migration.”
In another case, a Philadelphia jury in October 2019 awarded nearly $34 million to a Georgia woman, Tracy Reed-Brown, who was seriously injured by an IVC filter, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. The “Option IVC” filter manufactured by Rex Medical LP was implanted in 2010. Most of the award was for punitive damages.
It remains in her body because after three hours of surgery in 2016 it couldn’t be safely removed. It had perforated her IVC and punctured her pancreas, aorta, and renal vein. The longer it stays in her body, the greater the chance of organ failure. Rex Medical blamed the problem on the surgeon, who it accused of incorrectly inserting it and failing to provide the plaintiff follow up care.
This is the first trial against Rex Medical as part of a mass tort program created to consolidate more than 700 lawsuits filed in Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas over Rex’s Option filters. It’s been estimated there are more than 7,000 product liability lawsuits filed by IVC filter users pending. Other defendants are Johnson & Johnson, C.R. Bard, Cook Medical, Cordis Corporation and B. Braun.
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