March 9, 2017 | Thornton Law Firm Cook Gunther Tulip vena cava IVC filter Thornton Law Firm is investigating claims against C.R. Bard and Cook Medical involving their retrievable IVC filters, which are associated with catastrophic failures — breaking off pieces that migrate throughout the body — causing severe injury and death. If you have a retrievable IVC filter and have suffered complications, contact the medical device lawyers at Thornton Law Firm at 1-888-341-1405 for a free, no-obligation review of your legal rights. The IVC filters are small, cage-like devices that are implanted in patients at risk for pulmonary embolism, where they are intended to catch and stop blood clots before they can enter the heart and lungs. Retrievable IVC filters are implanted temporarily in the inferior vena cava of patients who can’t take blood thinners and can be removed once the patient is no longer at risk for embolisms. But if the retrievable IVC filter breaks, the migrating piece, pieces, or the entire device can cause a host of dangerous complications, including: Internal bleeding Severe pain Pulmonary embolism Punctured artery Organ perforation Lower limb deep vein thrombosis Respiratory distress Cardiac tamponade Death The FDA has issued two warnings since 2010 about the risks of retrievable IVC filter systems. If you have been injured by a defective IVC filter, call the IVC Filter lawyers at Thornton Law Firm at 1-888-341-1405 for a free, confidential consultation, or tell us your story using our online contact form. Like all legal claims, IVC Filter claims have short, strictly enforced time limits, so do not delay seeking legal advice.