According to studies, 39 persons or more have suffered death because of a defective IVC filter implanted in their body. Such IVC filter fatalities can be the basis of an IVC filter lawsuit on behalf of a victim’s family.
As for what causes IVC filter deaths, that’s often due to so-called “retrievable” IVC filters being left in the body for too long, and then fragmenting or migrating to other parts of the body, while perhaps perforating or puncturing body parts.
The filters are implanted in the inferior vena cava (IVC) vein in order to capture blood clots. Then they’re supposed to be removed when the risk of pulmonary embolism has subsided. However, some retrievable IVC filters have proven difficult to remove and instead have caused serious health problems and even death.
Defective filters can become embedded in a body part, so that they are impossible to be removed. When filters fracture or fragment, pieces of the broken filter can penetrate the heart, lungs or other areas of the body.
Such defects can cause serious injuries or even death.
A major investigation conducted by NBC News for a 2015 two-part special delineate the details of a number of IVC filter fatalities in America. The investigation placed particular focus on the Recovery, a defective IVC filter produced by New Jersey-based Bard, formerly known as C.R. Bard.
According to the NBC News report, Bard’s Recovery filter has been associated with at least 27 IVC filter deaths in the United States.
The NBC News team also reportedly uncovered documents from Bard which showed that it was aware that the Recovery brand filter had greater relative dangers of filter fracture, filter movement and patient fatalities than any rival devices.