Munley Law is currently reviewing potential lawsuits stemming from inferior vena cava or IVC filters, small wire devices used to treat blood clots. Patients from all over the United States, including Pennsylvania, are suing manufacturers of the IVC filter because it can break or migrate inside the body, causing serious complications or death. More than 900 adverse events related to IVC filters have been reported.
Our product liability and medical malpractice lawyers have extensive experience handling complex, high-profile cases like these. If you or someone you love have suffered after receiving an IVC filter, contact Munley Law for a free consultation. We work on a contingency basis, so there is no fee unless we obtain a recovery for you. Fill out our email form or call 855-866-5529.
What is an IVC Filter?
An IVC filter, also known as a blood clot filter, is a small wire implant designed to catch blood clots and prevent them from traveling to the heart and lungs. They are used in patients who cannot take anticoagulants (blood thinners) and are at risk for pulmonary embolisms.
Five specific products manufactured by C.R. Bard and Cook Medical have been identified in lawsuits:
- The Bard Recovery filter
- The Bard G2 filter
- The Bard G2 Express filter
- The Cook Gunther Tulip filter
- The Cook Celect filter
They have also been referred to as: The Bard Recovery filter; The Bard G2 filter; The Bard G2 Express filter; The Cook Gunther Tulip filter; and the Cook Celect filter. Other IVC filters causing problems include the Bard Eclipse, Bard Merdian, and Bard Denali.
FDA Warns of IVC Filter Danger
The Food and Drug Administration has received at least 900 complaints of complications with IVC filters.
In 2010, the FDA issued a warning to doctors, informing them of the risk for device fracture, migration, and organ perforation. They recommended that the retrievable filters should be removed from patients as soon as the risk for an embolism had passed.
In 2014, the FDA updated their warning, saying that patients were at an increased risk the longer the device remained in place, and recommended that the filter be removed after 29-54 days after implantation.
Due to inadequate warning and reporting systems, many doctors remained unaware of the danger associated with the devices.
Injuries from IVC Filter Implants
Some of the most common injuries and complications resulting from IVC implants include:
- Perforation of the heart
- Perforation of the lungs
- Hemorrhagic pericardial effusion (blood around the heart)
- Cardiac tamponade (disruption of the heart caused by excess fluid)
- Ventricular tachycardia (accelerated heart beat)
- Puncturing of the vena cava
These complications may result in the need for additional surgeries, long-term harm, or even death.
IVC Filter Lawsuits
As product liability lawsuits began, investigations revealed that makers of these dangerous devices knew about the risks and failed to inform the public or the FDA.
More than 750 lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers for poor design, and failure to warn the public about the risks associated with their products. If you or someone you love have received an IVC filter and experienced complications during removal or while it was in place, you may be entitled to collect compensation for your suffering, as well as any additional medical costs or lost wages that resulted from the complications.
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