The IVC Filters Lawsuit
IVC filters are widely used to prevent pulmonary embolisms in at-risk patients, but a rising number of serious complications have been reported. Hundreds of patients have experienced IVC filter failures leading to organ damage, pulmonary embolisms, strokes, and more. An IVC filter lawsuit has formed, with plaintiffs from San Diego, CA, and all over the country claiming personal injury and wrongful death damages.
If you or a loved one has been adversely affected by implantation of an IVC filter, you may be eligible for compensation. Our experienced team of defective medical device attorneys offers free consultations to review your case and explain your legal options. Please contact our office today to arrange to speak to an attorney.
IVC Filters and Complications
The IVC filter is a small metal device implanted in the inferior vena cava (IVC) vein. Doctors recommend this treatment for patients who are at risk of developing deep vein thrombosis, a clot that can occur deep inside the body. The spider-shaped filter is designed to trap and hold clots so they can’t migrate to the lungs and cause pulmonary embolism, a dangerous blockage of blood flow to the lungs.
IVC filters are also prone to fracturing inside the vascular system. Broken pieces have pierced veins or migrated in the body, damaging tissue and organs.
In some cases, IVC filters have become dislodged and failed to prevent pulmonary embolisms, which can be deadly. They are also prone to fracturing inside the vascular system. Broken pieces have pierced veins or migrated in the body, damaging tissue and organs. Some patients have experienced serious heart damage and more than a dozen have died.
The IVC filters were manufactured by C.R. Bard and Cook Medical beginning in 2003. Specific brand names are:
- Bard Recovery Filter
- Bard G2 Filter
- Bard G2 Express or G2X Filter
- Bard Eclipse
- Bard Meridian
- Cook Gunther Tulip Filter
- Cook Celect Filter
IVC Filter Lawsuits
Court cases are alleging that Bard and Cook created faulty medical devices and did not provide adequate warning to doctors and patients about known risks. Evidence shows early research data indicated a danger of IVC filter fractures, but this information was suppressed. Additionally, Bard has been accused of going so far as to forge a signature to gain approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market the device.
The proliferation of lawsuits against Bard and Cook have resulted in the transfer of cases into multidistrict litigation (MDL). This is often the procedure when multiple plaintiffs file cases against a common defendant, allowing for efficient handling of discovery matters. There is a separate MDL for Bard plaintiffs consolidated in Arizona and another for Cook lawsuits in Indiana.
Damages in an IVC filter case may include current and future costs for medical care, loss of wages, pain and suffering, and more. For wrongful death cases, the family is often entitled to compensation for financial and emotional losses.
Our attorneys fight aggressively to secure rightful compensation for injuries and losses resulting from corporate negligence. We have assisted victims for more than 30 years and have demonstrated a strong record of results for past clients.
If you have suffered from complications you believe were caused by an IVC filter, it is important to seek legal action as soon as possible. In California, the statute of limitations to file a lawsuit is two years from the date your injury was discovered. Please contact our law firm today to arrange a free consultation.