Inferior Vena Cava Filters, or IVC Filters, are often lifesaving. They are placed within the IVC, or large vein in your body that brings blood from the lower part of your body back to your heart. When you suffer from blood clots in your leg veins or pelvic area, these blood clots can sometimes travel to your lungs. When a blood clot travels, you can suffer a pulmonary embolism or blockage in your lungs. Filters decrease your risk, protecting your lung and heart by trapping big blood clots and preventing them from traveling. When traditional medications aren't working, and IVC filter is generally successful. The problem is, IVC filters are not supposed to be permanent. Left in long term, IVC filters cause all kinds of problems, including death.
IVC Filters Are Temporary
While old IVC filters were placed permanently in the body of the patient, IVC filters are now considered temporary and are removed once the risk of a blood clot traveling to the lungs or heart has passed. Once the filter is removed, the individual is no longer at risk for complications from an IVC filter fracture, or recurrent deep vein thrombosis caused by the filter placement itself. Patients who get injured by an IVC filter that should have been removed have the right to file an IVC filter lawsuit to be compensated for their injuries.
Injuries from an IVC Filters
According to the US National Library of Medicine, there are a number of risks to having an IVC filter remain in the body. While the filter decreases the risk of pulmonary embolisms, 40% of patients without a history of deep vein thrombosis developed the condition after the insertion of the device. In addition, the filter can migrate, and in rare cases, it can migrate to the heart. Patients can suffer a pulmonary embolism, complications with their heart, or significant internal bleeding because the device has fractured and is causing internal punctures.
If you have been injured because an IVC filter has been left in too long, it's time to get legal help such as Snyder & Wenner, P.C. When you are permanently injured and can no longer work, you deserve compensation for your lost future earnings. If you have medical bills piling up and you can't continue to pay for your own care, you have the right to become part of an IVC filter lawsuit settlement, or file a personal injury case on your own.