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IVC Filter Lawsuits are Being Filed Nationwide

Posted on - Tuesday, October 20, 2015 under Dangerous Drugs & Products IVC Filter Lawsuits are Being Filed Nationwide

Pursuing IVC Filter Claims in Georgia and Nationwide

A lot of media reports have brought to light possible issues about the safety of Bard IVC filters.  IVC filters are implanted into a major vein that takes blood from the lower legs back to the heart. The name of that vein is the inferior vena cava or IVC.  The small device catches blood clots before they can reach the lungs thereby reducing the risk of pulmonary embolism.

A 2010 study revealed that Bard Recovery IVC filters were fracturing and migrating into dangerous parts of the body.  The study found that 16% of the Bard Recovery IVC filters fractured between April 2004 and January 2009.  Of that 16%, five of those persons had filter fragments in their heart.

Recent News Reports on IVC Filter Dangers

NBC News also did a special report on the possible defects.  Their report indicated that 27 deaths have been caused in the last 10 years by the Bard Recovery IVC filter.  Another 300 reports of serious injury have been lodged against the device.

NBC News reported that almost 250,000 IVC filters are implanted each year.  The FDA began investigating the devices in 2010 due to numerous reports of fracture, migration, and perforation of the vein.  Nevertheless, Bard has allowed the products to remain in the marketplace.

One of the heart-wrenching stories told by NBC News was about a woman who died one week after being implanted with a Bard IVC filter.  Autopsy reports showed that instead of stopping the blood clot, the IVC filter was pushed by the blood clot into the patient’s heart.

Should You Have Your IVC Filter Removed?

As deaths and injuries mounted, the FDA finally issued a safety warning in May 2014 recommending that all IVC filters be removed 29 to 54 days after implantation.  Of course, removal should only occur if the patient was out of the pulmonary embolism woods.  The FDA also required IVC filter manufacturers to conduct additional investigation into the safety of IVC filters.

Plaintiffs Coming Forward in Georgia and Other Places Seeking Compensation for Injuries and Deaths Caused by C.R. Bard IVC Filters & Cook Medical IVC Filters

A number of lawsuits have already been filed against C.R. Bard and Cook Medical by plaintiffs who suffered injuries or lost a loved one due to being implanted one of these dangerous IVC filters.

  • Types of C.R. Bard IVC Filters
    • Bard Recovery IVC Filter
    • Bard G2 IVC Filter
    • Bard G2 Express IVC Filter
  • Types of Cook Medical IVC Filters
    • Cook Celect IVC Filter
    • Cook Gunther Tulip IVC Filter

Bard has already settled at least one of the pending lawsuits.  In that case, the claimant’s IVC filter fractured and perforated his heart.  He required open heart surgery to repair the almost deadly damage caused by the IVC filter.  No details are available on the settlement.

Our Law Firm is Currently Representing Georgia IVC Filter Claimants & Others Nationwide

Have you or loved had an inferior vena cava filter or IVC filter implanted since 2005?  Did the IVC filter cause any complications due to fracturing or migrating into other parts of your body?  If so, our defective medical device attorneys may be able to help.  Call us at (770) 727-5550 or chat live online with someone from our staff today.