Representing Victims Of Defective and Dangerous IVC Filters
An inferior vena cava filter – or IVC filter – is a small, cone-shaped object that is implanted into the inferior vena cava, a large vein, located just below the kidneys.
This multi-pronged device is designed to catch and prevent blood clots from entering the heart and lungs of patients who are at a high risk for pulmonary embolisms. Once the task is complete, the filter is to be removed. Often put in place when anticoagulant therapy can’t be used, or is otherwise ineffective, there are two types of these filters:
Update: New Developments On The Dangers Of IVC Filters
The Risk of Injury Due To IVC Filters
Retrievable IVC filters have become more popular throughout the past few decades when they were considered to be safe. Since then, legal claims have surfaced, detailing the manufacturers’ poor design, as well as the failure to properly warn against risks.
One style of filter in particular – the Recovery Filter from
manufacturer C.R. Bard has been linked to 27 deaths.
Potential Risks Associated With IVC Filters
The high failure rates of these filters indicate that many of these products are not functioning properly or prone to breakage.
Victims of migrated or fractured IVC filters experience a variety of symptoms, some of which are not immediately known until serious symptoms arise. In some cases, routine checkups may reveal that the filter has migrated and an emergency, invasive surgery is required to remove the device.
The FDA Responds To IVC Filter Dangers
Due to complications that have arisen directly caused by faulty IVC Filters, the FDA issued a Safety Notice in May 2014. The FDA recommended that retrievable filters should be removed “ as soon as protection from pulmonary embolism is no longer needed” and suggested a range of 29 and 54 days.
Defective IVC Filter Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been negatively affected by an IVC filter, then the attorneys at Searcy Denney want to hear from you.
Our team has successfully advocated on behalf of various parties who have suffered due to a medical company’s intent to put their profits over the safety and well-being of millions of Americans. Contact us today at (800) 388-3905.
IVC Filter Related Complications and Deaths
The IVC filter you had implanted into your body, and trusted to protect your health, may have endangered your life. Specifically, since 2005, more than 900 complaints of adverse events due to the filter have been reported to the FDA. Based on the reports and complaints, these filters are known to break, move and puncture organs.
Other known side effects of IVC filters include:
- Filter Perforations
- Filter Migrations
- Filter Fractures
A Case of Filter Migration
In just one example of how the IVC filter failed, a 69-year-old San Francisco resident discovered by accident, nonetheless, that his filter had migrated to a position that was dangerously close to his heart.
Originally implanted to assist with his propensity for blood, Chris Svedise was told during a routine checkup that his filter had moved. Furthermore, during emergency surgery, it was revealed the filter had actually broke, with three sharp fragments having traveled to his lungs, and two more headed toward the right atrium and right ventricle of his heart. Any of these fragments could have resulted in Svedise’s death.
Who is to Blame For The Faulty IVC Filters
Throughout the United States, several manufacturers have been blamed for the complications associated with the IVC filter, such as C.R. Bard, Cook Medical, Cordis Corporation and Boston Scientific. It’s not only believed that Bard knew about the complications and failed to warn the public and FDA, but that the company also forged the signature on an FDA application to gain clearance – See the NBC News Article by clicking here.
Products that have been specifically named in various lawsuits include:
- Bard Recovery Filter
- Bard G2 Filter
- Bard G2 Express Filter
- Cook Celect Filter
- Cook Gunther Tulip Filter
- Cordis OptEase Retrievable Vena Cava Filter
- Cordis TrapEase Permanent Vena Cava Filter
- Boston Scientific Greenfield Filter
Steps To Take If You Have Been Injured By An IVC Filter
If you are considering a lawsuit, it’s imperative to understand that you are not alone. In fact, at least 750 lawsuits have been filed in the United States against the manufactures of the IVC filter. These lawsuits claim negligence, failure to warn, design defects, manufacturing defects, breach of implied warranty and negligent misrepresentation on the part of the companies and their subsidiaries.
Have you or someone you know experienced negative side effects due to an IVC filter? If so, you were wronged, and the guilty party should be held responsible. Call Searcy Denney today at (800) 388-3905 for a free, no-obligation consultation. While we cannot undo the pain and suffering you’ve had to endure, we can determine if you’re eligible for compensation to help you move on with your life.
Let us fight your case – call us today.
Who Qualifies for an IVC Filter Lawsuit?
Due to the serious nature of the lawsuits surrounding the IVC filter and their manufacturers, only an experienced attorney can determine whether or not you have a case.
To help you better understand, you may qualify for a case if:
- You were implanted with an IVC filter
- The filter you were implanted with was manufactured by either C.R. Bard, Cook Medical, Cordis Corporation or Boston Scientific
- The filter was implanted in or after 2002
- After the filter was implanted, you experienced complications, such as filter migration or malposition, puncture or perforation due to breakage of the filter, embolism, thrombosis, infection or inability to remove the device for any reason
While lawsuit compensation will not erase the negative side effects you’ve experienced due to an IVC filter, many individuals file a lawsuit in order to preserve the option of recovering compensation as time limits to apply. Others often file lawsuits to collectively send a message that defective medical devices will not be tolerated and must be removed from the market.
For yourself personally, an IVC lawsuit may help you with:
- The costs of hospital stays, emergency room visits, ambulance rides
- The cost of future treatments or rehabilitation
- Past and future income lost because you may be unable to work, or return to a similar job function
- Physical and emotional suffering
Recent News About IVC Filters
- The first lawsuit to involve the IVC filter was filed against Bard in California and Pennsylvania courts in 2012. The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) consolidated lawsuits against Bard to the U.S. District Court District of Arizona in August 2015. Now, more than 50 lawsuits are pending in the MDL
- Just two years after the first lawsuit against Bard, the U.S. Judicial Panel on MDL also consolidated lawsuits against Cook from 11 districts to an MDL in the Southern District of Indiana in October 2014. The number of lawsuits against Cook has since increased to more than 100
- According to the New England Society for Vascular Surgery, there is a 31 percent fracture rate in IVC filters, while the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine has calculated that 40 percent of all IVC filters will fracture within five and half years of being implanted
- Studies have shown that 25 percent of Bard’s Recovery filters fractured or broke while inside patients, with all of the manufacturer’s filters having a 12 percent failure rate
- Worse, 40 percent of Cook Medical’s filters migrated out of place in patients
- In September 2015, NBC News reported that a filter that should never have made it to market may have been approved based on forged approval documents
Speak To An Experienced IVC Filter Attorney At Searcy Denney
If you or a loved one has suffered complications following the implantation of an IVC filter, the team of defective medical device experts at Searcy Denny is ready to fight your case. If you’re ready to move on with your life, we can help.
At Searcy Denney, we handle everything from phone calls to collecting medical records. We assure you a smooth, convenient process, so that you can focus on what’s important: healing.
Contact us today at (800) 388-3905 for a free, no-obligation consultation. With decades of combined legal experience, we can determine if you have a case against the manufacturers of this potentially lethal product.