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Study Shows IVC Use is not Based on Reliable Data

January 23, 2014

A study done by Richard H. White and colleagues compares how frequent certain California hospitals use the inferior vena cava (IVC) filter from 2006-2010. This study observed results from 263 hospitals. From this sample there were over 130 thousand acute venous thromboembolism (VTE) hospitalizations, IVC filters were placed in 19, 537 of them—about 14.95%. A major finding from this study showed that certain hospitals tended to use the IVC filter because of local hospital culture and practice patterns. In this study researchers comment that these results demonstrate that there is much absence of reliable data to indicate whether the IVC filter provides a clear benefit or harm to the patient. This is because it seems that doctors choose whether or not to use the devise simply based on how that certain hospital tends to treat VTE, and not based on any reliable data. In fact, thousands have been adversely affected by this device. For many, the device has broken, and moved to other parts of the body. In some cases, the filter can break and tear through tissue and damage major parts of the body and in many instances this may cause deadly effects.

Legal Commentary
From a civil standpoint, our firm has represented numerous families who have become victim of the dangerous and life threatening effects from the IVC filter. If you or a loved one has experienced any of these problems because of an implanted or removed IVC filter, we encourage you to consult with one of our IVC Filter attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim pursued against the responsible party will ensure the victims are not burdened with costly medical expenses, and will hopefully compensate them for their pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by emailing the lead IVC Filter lawyer, Majed Nachawati at, or by calling our office at 1.866.705.7584.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer with a focus on representing IVC Filter victims and families harmed by dangerous implantations on a nationwide basis. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous cases through trials and settlements that have resulted in seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, and is in most federal courts in the nation and holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leaders’ Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four consecutive years for legal excellence, in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be reached by email at or by calling 1.866.705.7584.


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