Call Today for a FREE Confidential Case Review - Toll-Free 24/7 (866) 920-0753

Vena Cava Filter Lawsuit

Vena Cava Filter Lawsuit

Hundreds of people have been injured when they were implanted with a defective vena cava filter that moved, broke, damaged internal organs, or needed to be removed surgically. Now, device-makers are facing a growing number of lawsuits from people who say they were not adequately warned about these risks.

What You Can Do & How a Vena Cava Filter Lawsuit Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting vena cava filer induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was diagnosed with a serious complication, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Medical Device Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

What is a Vena Cava Filter?

Vena cava filters are medical devices that are implanted in a patient’s inferior vena cava, which is the biggest blood vessel between the lower half of the body and the heart. The filters are designed with thin wire legs (called “struts”) designed to capture blood clots and prevent pulmonary embolisms.

C.R. Bard Vena Cava Filters

FDA Safety Warning for Vena Cava Filters

August 2010 — After receiving nearly 1,000 adverse event reports since 2005, the FDA has published a Safety Communication regarding safety risks associated with vena cava filters.

The FDA is concerned that the risk of complications may increase when temporary vena cava filters are left inside patients for a long period of time, after they are not at risk of a pulmonary embolism. In 2014, the FDA recommended retrieving the filters within 29-54 days, as long as the patient’s risk of pulmonary embolism subsided.

Long-Term Safety Risks of Vena Cava Filters

  • Lower-limb deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Broken or fractured filter
  • Filter migration (moving from its intended position)
  • Embolization of filter fragments in the body
  • Perforation of the inferior vena cava, heart, or lungs
  • Pieces of broken filter may be impossible to remove
  • Filter may become clogged with blood clots
  • And more

Are Vena Cava Filters Safe?

A study published in the American Journal of Medicine in February 2012 called into question the effectiveness of most vena cava filters. The author of the study, Dr. Paul Stein, warned that mortality is not reduced for most patients who are implanted with the devices:

“It appears the vast majority of filters that are placed in patients with a pulmonary embolism may not reduce mortality. … Only a small percentage of patients suffering from a pulmonary embolism are in shock or in need of ventilation support, and therefore only a small proportion need a filter.”

Do I have a Vena Cava Filter Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting vena cava filer induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was diagnosed with a serious complication, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Medical Device Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

Attention Lawyers: We consider a referral from another law firm to be one of the greatest compliments. If your firm is interested in referring us a case or for us to send you a list of previous award judgments and/or average referral fees, please visit the Lawyer Referral section of our website.

Free Case Evaluation

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading plaintiff’s law firms and handles cases in all 50 states. We are very proud of our legal achievements, but equally self-respecting of our firms reputation for providing personal attention to each and every client we represent.

No matter what type of case you have, you may contact us with confidence by filling out the email contact form below or calling us directly by dialing toll free 24 hrs/day (866) 920-0753.

*
*
*