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Have you ever heard of your Inferior Vena Cava? It is often shortened into the acronym IVC, and is the largest vein in your body. Its primary duty is to carry blood from the lower half of your body up to your heart and lungs ¾ a very, very important job for just one vein. This vein is crucial to our human functioning.
Are you familiar with an IVC Filter? Many people get IVC Filters to help avoid clotting in their veins. This could be compared to a different form of blood thinner for those who may not be able to use more traditional treatments. These filters help prevent blood clots from moving through the veins and into the lungs or heart area.
Two types of patients at risk are those with venous thromboembolic (VTE) disease, more specifically pulmonary embolism, also known as PE. Many of the victims of VTE are hospitalized patients who are prone and still for most of their days. Blood can begin to clot and potentially travel through the veins. With PE, clots can cause chest pain and potential death if they get in the way of blood flow to the lungs. The highest period of risk to develop VTE is after a major surgery or injury, or after cancer, a heart attack or heart failure.
The procedure to insert the IVC Filter is not invasive, meaning there is just a small insertion point that does not need stitching up afterwards. The filters can go in through the neck or through the groin and be placed using a catheter. If inserted through the neck, it is said you should be fine within a day of the operation. If inserted through the groin, it is recommended that you avoid driving, climbing stairs, and lifting heavy objects for up to two days.
Over the last ten years, there have been countless Personal Injury lawsuits due to the ineffectiveness of these filters and their possible outcomes. They are known for puncturing veins, flipping or tilting, being irremovable, fracturing or failing, and can potentially cause internal bleeding, clotting, stroke or death. Though these filters may have their benefits, they have more of a chance to injure clients than help them.
If you have had an IVC Filter implanted and have suffered an injury caused by it, you may have a potential Personal Injury case on your hands. We have helped many clients with these cases. If you want to know more about this subject, call us today for a free consultation. Our toll-free number is 877-526-3457. If you would prefer to correspond with us electronically, you can also fill out the form below and we will contact you during our business hours.
Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law