IVC filters were designed to prevent life-threatening blood clots in the lungs, known as pulmonary embolisms. Since 2005, however, hundreds of reports of severe IVC filter complications have been filed with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
These problems typically involve device migrations, filter fractures, perforation, embolization, and/or movement of the entire device or fragments to the heart and lungs. As a result, many lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers of these devices.
There are many reasons a lawsuit may be filed. Some of the main reasons include:
- Design and manufacturing defects
- Failure to warn consumers of known risk
- Breach of implied warranty on the medical device
- Negligence on the part of the manufacturing and/or marketing company
- Device migration
- Detachment of device components
- Puncture of the inferior vena cava
- Filter fracture
An NBC feature on IVC filter defects can be found here:
Sources for this post: * https://www.consumersafety.org/legal/ivc-filter-lawsuit/ , https://www.classaction.com/ivc-filters/, NBC News