ICV Filter Complications


Florida Medical Negligence Attorney Helps Patients Suffering From Preventable Complications Caused by IVC Filters Recover Maximum Compensation

Providing staunch advocacy for injured victims and families

Blood clots are a serious health condition which can cause significant side effects and even death when they travel to the lungs, heart or brain. In 1979, a medical device called an IVC filter was introduced into the market as a means of preventing blood clots from traveling to a patient’s heart and lungs. Unfortunately, thousands of patients have experienced severe and debilitating complications caused by IVC filters. At the Boca Raton law office of GS Law, PA, attorney Geoffrey S. Schosheim dedicates his practice to helping injured patients recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. If you or a loved one has experienced any complications following IVC filter surgery, it is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible.

What is an IVC filter?

The inferior vena cava is the primary blood vessel that carries blood from the abdomen and legs to the heart. An IVC filter is a small, basket-type device that is implanted into the inferior vena cava and is designed to stop blood clots before they reach the lungs or heart. For patients unable to take prescription blood thinners, IVC filters are the primary method of preventing blood clots from becoming a fatal embolism. Over the past thirty years, IVC filters have been implanted in more than 250,000 patients.

IVC filters have a staggering failure rate and lead to serious health concerns

In 2010, the Food and Drug Administration issued an Initial Communication regarding the potential adverse effects stemming from IVC filters. Within a five year period from 2005-2010, the FDA received 921 complaints detailing significant concerns about the safety and efficacy of IVC filters. The most common problems and risks associated with IVC filters include:


  • Device migration
  • Filter fracture
  • Embolization of filter fragments to the heart and lungs
  • Filter perforation
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Filter occlusion or obstruction
  • Complications during IVC filter removal

Recent studies indicate that a vast majority of retrievable IVC filters fail within three to five years if they are not removed. The FDA now recommends that retrievable filters be removed as soon as possible after the patient’s risk for developing blood clots has passed. If you have recently undergone any type of IVC filter procedure and have questions about your legal options, seek advice from an experienced medical device negligence attorney as soon as possible. There are strict Statutes of Limitation in place that dictate how long you have to file a claim, so contact us today.

Turn to a respected Florida IVC filter litigation attorney with a reputation for success tackling complex cases

Medical device liability claims require a high level of legal skill and knowledge to be successful. At the Boca Raton law office of GS Law, PA, attorney Geoffrey S. Schosheim has litigated several high-profile medical malpractice and faulty medical device cases, securing millions of dollars in judgments and settlements for injured victims. To discuss your case during a free consultation, call (561) 706-5503 or send an email today.



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