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Please fill in the form below to request a FREE case evaluation from one of our attorneys if you or someone you know suffered an embolism, organ or blood vessel perforation, heart attack or other serious complication due to a migrated or faulty IVC filter.

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Have you or someone you know suffered an embolism, organ or blood vessel perforation, heart attack or other serious complication due to a migrated or faulty IVC filter? *

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IVC Filter Risks and Complications

IVC Filter Case Evaluation Several medical device companies manufacture IVC filters. The two largest manufacturers of retrievable filters in the space by market share are C.R. Bard and Cook Medical. Since 2003, Bard and Cook have developed and released several different models into the market. According to the FDA Database, data available from 2004-2008 showed that Bard IVC filters consistently accounted for at least half of all adverse events. Other manufactures that produce or have produced IVC filters include Johnson & Johnson, ALN, B. Braun, Rafael Medical, Rex Medical, and Boston Scientific. Boston Scientific’s Greenfield IVC filter is designed to be implanted permanently and has been on the market for almost 30 years.

IVC Filters can be inserted either temporarily (retrievable) or permanently and both types are prone to malfunctions. In August 2010, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Safety Communication in which they warned that when the retrievable IVC filter is not removed from the patient in a timely fashion, the struts become more susceptible to fracture. When fractured, pieces of the filter become free to move through the blood vessels. The filters themselves can also migrate from their original placement without fracturing if the device is not properly secured within the IVC. Both fracture and migration can result in the following serious complications:

  • Embolism – A fractured fragment of the filter lodges in a smaller blood vessel causing a blockage. One of the main purposes of the IVC filter is to catch clots before they reach the lungs to avoid a pulmonary embolism. When a filter malfunctions it can cause the very ailment that it was put in place to prevent.
  • Blood Vessel Perforation – In cases of migration, there is a very high incidence of the IVC filter penetrating the wall of the IVC which can result in serious bleeding. Perforation and rupture are also risks during retrieval of the filter. In cases of fracture, as a fractured strut travels through the circulatory system, the edges can perforate blood vessels including the aorta and vena cava also causing internal bleeding.
  • Organ Perforation and Damage – In the same way the fractured filter strut can perforate a blood vessel, when the strut is able to reach the heart, lungs or other major organs they can cause perforation in those organs. This serious complication may require surgery to remove the strut from the body and repair damaged tissue. There are also known instances of the entire filter migrating to the heart which can cause a heart attack. In such extreme cases, emergency surgery is necessary to safely remove the migrated filter.

If you or a loved one were injured by a faulty IVC filter, fill out the above form so that we can learn more about your potential case and you can protect your rights.

Holding Irresponsible Product Manufacturers, Irresponsible Drug and Medical Device Makers Accountable

Trust. It is extremely important when it comes to consumer products, medicine and medical procedures. You trust that manufacturers have made products that meet guidelines they claim their products meet. You trust that the medicine or medical device your doctors use when treating you will make you better, not worse. As a patient, you put your trust in the companies that design and manufacture these defective drugs and devices. If you believe you have suffered serious injuries because of a defective product, dangerous drug or defective medical device/implant, you need to consult with an experienced attorney as soon as possible.

Whether you live in Madison County, Illinois, the St. Louis area or anywhere in the U.S., we can help. In fact, we have a national reputation for excellence, experienced attorneys and personal service, all on a contingent fee basis, which means that we only collect fees if we recover damages for you.

The Gori Law Firm Mass Torts Team

At The Gori Law Firm, we have over 35 attorneys across 8 offices who have the complex litigation knowledge that is necessary to pursue your case. With a national reputation for excellence, you can rest assured that your case will be handled professionally, efficiently and effectively. With two locations in the St. Louis area, and several others throughout the U.S., our law firm handles cases nationwide.

Our lawyers are particularly compassionate and supportive to our clients throughout the process. As seasoned personal injury attorneys with a nationwide reputation, we have more than 20 years of experience in handling complex lawsuits and will use our knowledge for your case. The Gori Law Firm has obtained more than $3 billion in settlements for previous clients.

To best serve you, it is important to share with us certain information that will help us preliminarily evaluate your potential case by filling out the form at the top of the page. This information that you provide will be personally reviewed by the head of the mass torts group Attorney D. Todd Matthews and Attorney Megan Arvola to determine if our firm may be able to assist you with your case.

D. Todd Mathews Attorney D. Todd Matthews is the leader of the The Gori Law Firm mass torts group. Mr. Matthews is a member of National Trial Lawyers Association, Madison County Bar Association, Missouri Bar Association Solo and Small Firm Committee, Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Member, American Association for Justice, American Association for Justice Leaders Forum, National Asbestos Mesothelioma Trial Lawyers, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. Additionally, he has served on numerous Mass Tort committees in the past and as lead counsel on the Granuflo Litigation in St. Louis City.

Megan Arvola Attorney Megan Arvola works under Attorney Matthews on behalf of our injured plaintiffs in mass tort and personal injury litigation. Ms. Arvola comes to The Gori Law Firm, from the chambers of Chief Judge David R. Herndon of the Southern District of Illinois, where she served as a term judicial law clerk for three years. Prior to her federal clerkship, Ms. Arvola graduated from the University of Tulsa College of Law. In 2011, Ms. Arvola received a Burton Award for Legal Achievement, Distinguished Writing Award, in association with the Library of Congress.

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Please fill in the form below to request a FREE case evaluation from one of our attorneys if you or someone you know suffered an embolism, organ or blood vessel perforation, heart attack or other serious complication due to a migrated or faulty IVC filter.

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Have you or someone you know suffered an embolism, organ or blood vessel perforation, heart attack or other serious complication due to a migrated or faulty IVC filter? *

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