IVC Filter Injury Lawsuit Attorneys
Are you at risk for pulmonary embolism and have received an IVC Filter?
Did you put your health and safety into the hands of IVC Filter manufacturers? You are not alone. With more than 750 lawsuits filed in the United States, you may qualify for compensation as well.
Since 2005, over 900 complaints regarding IVC Filters have been made to the FDA, and more are expected. These products are known to break, travel throughout the body and puncture organs, resulting in significant and devastating complications. It’s time for the responsible party to be held accountable for their actions.
If you or someone you know has been negatively affected by an IVC Filter, the attorneys at Searcy Denney want to hear from you. Contact us today for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation by calling (800) 388-3905. We will be glad to answer any of your questions and help determine your best course of action.
Inferior Vena Cava – What Is It?
The inferior vena cava is a large vein that carries deoxygenated blood from the lower extremities into the heart. It is the largest vein in the human body. Because deoxygenated blood can often coagulate into blood clots, which can cause a heart attack or stroke, the IVC Filter was developed as a way to “catch” these clots before they reach the right atrium of the heart.
The inferior vena cava filter (IVC Filter) is a small, pronged, funnel-shaped object that is inserted into the large vein and acts as a filter; it allows blood flow to continue upwards without releasing the clot. The IVC Filter device has been used when anticoagulant therapy is not an option for a patient or is ineffective, particularly with patients who are at a high risk for pulmonary embolisms.
The use of IVC Filters has increased rapidly over the last few decades. Two different types of filters exist: permanent filters and retrievable filters.
Risks and Side Effects of IVC Filters
Originally considered “safe,” legal claims have surfaced, detailing the IVC manufacturer’s poor design and failure to properly warn against risks. The high failure rates of these filters show many of these products are not functioning properly and are even prone to breaking.
Update: New Developments On The Dangers Of IVC Filters
Victims of migrated or fractured IVC Filters have experienced a variety of symptoms, many of which go unnoticed until they become more serious in nature. And while it’s not guaranteed, a routine checkup can reveal whether the filter has migrated. In emergency situations, invasive surgery is required to remove the device.
IVC Filter products are now known to break, dislodge and puncture organs, resulting in complications during the retrieval process. Specifically, at least one IVC Filter device – the Recovery Filter from C.R. Bard – has been linked to 27 deaths.
Other known side effects of IVC Filters include:
- Filter Perforations
- Filter Migrations
- Filter Fractures
- Pulmonary Embolisms
Who Is Responsible for IVC Filter Defects?
Throughout the U.S., several manufacturers have been blamed for the problems connected to IVC Filters, including C.R. Bard, Cook Medical, Cordis Corporation and Boston Scientific.
Even worse, Bard is believed to have known about the complications, still failed to warn the public and FDA, and even forged the signature on an FDA application to gain clearance. Learn more about this here.
Filters listed in the number of 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
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.
What Does the FDA Say about IVC Filters?
In May 2014, the FDA issued a safety notice, recommending that retrievable filters be removed “as soon as protection from pulmonary embolism is no longer needed,” with a suggested range of 29 and 54 days.
Later in 2015, the New England Society for Vascular Surgery reported a 31 percent fracture rate in IVC Filters, while the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine calculated that 40 percent of all IVC Filters will fracture within five and a half years of being implanted.
IVC Filters in the News, And Recent Cases
The snippets below are just a sampling of what’s been revealed about IVC Filters in the news and courts:
- The first lawsuit to involve the IVC Filter was 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.
- 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.
- It’s been reported that 40 percent of Cook Medical’s filters migrated out of place in patients.
- A 69-year-old San Francisco resident discovered during a routine checkup that his IVC Filter had migrated, and was positioned dangerously close to his heart. Further, during emergency surgery, the filter was found to have already broken, with three sharp fragments sitting close to his lungs, and two more pieces migrating towards the right atrium and right ventricle of his heart. According to his doctor, any of these fragments could have resulted in his death.
What to Do If You Been Injured by an IVC Filter
If you or your loved one has dealt with the unforeseen complications and adverse consequences of having a faulty IVC Filter, the attorneys at Searcy Denney want to extend our sincere condolences. A scare like this can be jarring, and it is a miracle that more harm has not been done than what already has been. We’ve seen firsthand how much damage a faulty medical device can cause, and no one should have to endure that kind of pain and suffering.
We understand that a lawsuit might be the last thing on your mind, but it is important to know that you may qualify for an IVC Filter lawsuit. Of course, a monetary settlement won’t undo this difficult experience, but compensation can can help with the following:
- The cost of hospital stays and all other medical bills
- The cost of future treatments or rehabilitation
- Missed wages or future income lost
- Physical and emotional suffering
Do you qualify for a case? You may, if:
- You were implanted with an IVC Filter
- The IVC Filter was manufactured by either C.R. Bard, Cook Medical, Cordis Corporation or Boston Scientific
- The filter was implanted during or after 2002
- You experienced filter migration or malposition, puncture or perforation due to breakage of the filter, embolism thrombosis or infection
Right now, it’s understandable to feel overwhelmed and uncertain. If you have questions and aren’t sure what to do next, contact the IVC Filter injury lawyers at Searcy Denney today. Over the last 40 years, we’ve handled dozens of similar cases, and our skills and knowledge will speak for themselves. Let us help you heal and move forward with your life.
Contact an IVC Filter Injury Lawyer Today at Searcy Denney
A lawsuit shouldn’t be your main focus right now. It isn’t your fault that the medical device meant to help you actually failed you. And now, the persons behind that product should be held accountable for their actions.
Recovery doesn’t happen overnight, but the attorneys at Searcy & Denney want to do everything in our power to help remove that burden from your shoulders. You’ve been through more than enough – let us handle it from here. We will gladly take on every aspect of your case – whether it is making phone calls or collecting medical records.
Let us make this process smoother, faster and more convenient for you than if you decided to handle the work yourself. At our firm, you’re not just another client. You’re a person who was terribly wronged, and now you need help . . . that’s where we come in.