The inferior vena cava (IVC) is a major vein that carries blood from the lower body into the heart. An IVC filter is a spider-like wire inserted into this vein in patients who are at high risk of a pulmonary embolism to prevent blood clots from entering the heart, lungs, kidneys or brain. The problem is there have been reports of IVC filters falling out of place or breaking apart. When this happens, the metal device can then move through the blood and puncture and internal organ. If the device reaches the heart or lungs it can cause injuries, including severe bleeding, stroke or even death. We investigate cases of people who have IVC filters. If you or a loved one has an IVC filter, please call us. We may be able to help. We are leaders in pursuing medical product liability lawsuits involving unsafe drugs and medical devices, and we offer free investigations into these cases for individuals like you.