An inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is a small cage-like medical device that can be inserted by doctors to stop dangerous blood clots from traveling to the blood vessels of the lungs. Their structure allows them to catch fragments of clots that form in the legs or pelvis before these blockages run the risk of causing a pulmonary embolism (PE). These metal filters are surgically implanted in patients who cannot tolerate blood thinners or have seen little success with those drugs.
While they can serve an important purpose, many IVC filter patients have experienced severe complications, particularly from retrievable devices, which have been known to migrate within the body. This movement can lead to internal bleeding, extreme pain, and other serious injury or death.
If you or a loved one has received an IVC filter and suffered serious health complications or death, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our dedicated legal team at Iannella & Mummolo to learn more.