Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters are placed in a patient’s vena cava to prevent blood clots from traveling to the heart and lungs. An IVC filter can either be permanent or retrievable. Retrievable filters are made out of nitinol. Pieces of retrievable filters, made after 2002, can break off and travel to the heart and lungs. A piece of filter that breaks off can be fatal or cause serious injury to the heart. Hundreds of lawsuits have already been filed as a result of the IVC filters that been broken, eroded, migrated, tilted or perforated. About 250,000 IVC filters are implanted into patients each year. Eleven different companies sell IVC filters in the United States. You should call our office to discuss if your case is one that be filed to claim compensation.
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