Did You Suffer Complications from an IVC Filter?
Munley Law is currently reviewing potential lawsuits stemming from inferior vena cava or IVC filters, small wire devices used to treat and prevent blood clots. Patients from all over the United States, including Pennsylvania, are suing manufacturers of IVC filters after suffering severe and life-threatening complications. The filters can break, tilt, migrate inside the body, puncture a vein or organ, or become embedded. More than 5,000 lawsuits have been filed.
Our product liability and medical malpractice lawyers have extensive experience handling complex, high-profile cases like these. If you or someone you love have received 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, Cook Medical, and Cordis 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
- The Cordis OptEast filter
- The Cordis TrapEase filter
Other IVC filters causing problems include the Bard Eclipse, Bard Merdian, and Bard Denali.
The OptEase IVC Filter was designed as a temporary filter for blood clots. Studies report that starting 46 months after insertion, the OptEase filters have a fracture rate of 37.5%. After the same period of time (46 months) the Cordis TrapEase filter has a 23% fracture rate.
These devices designed to prevent harmful blood clots can cause even more deadly complications.
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 experienced increased risk the longer the device remained in place, and recommended that doctors remove the filters 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:
- Chest pain, or pain at the location where the filter was inserted
- Shortness of breath
- 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.
Bard filters alone have been linked to at least 300 injuries and 39 deaths.
In an interview with NBC, Dr. William Kuo, an interventional radiologist who runs Stanford Health Care’s IVC Filter Clinic, said “All of the data that we’ve seen in our own studies, as well as other clinician researchers,’ is that this device consistently fractures, consistently causes major complications… The number of complications, the frequency of severe failures makes it obvious that it was never safe to be implanted.”
IVC filters were originally intended for short-term use. However, many patients learn that their filter cannot be safely removed. The filter may have moved or shifted, punctured a vein wall, or become embedded, making it impossible to remove. The longer your filter remains in place, the greater your chances of experiencing a complication. Contact an IVC filter lawyer at Munley Law to learn more about your legal rights.
IVC Filter Lawsuits
The first bellwether trial against C.R. Bard is set to begin in March, 2018. The case is Sherr-Una Booker v. C. R. Bard Incorporated and Bard Peripheral Vascular Incorporated.
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.
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/or 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.
What Should I Do if I Have an IVC Filter?
If you have suffered due to an IVC filter, contact an IVC filter lawyer at Munley Law for a FREE consultation
Even if you have not yet experienced a complication related to your IVC filter, don’t hesitate to speak with a lawyer for a free consult. Due to the high failure rate of these devices, we are counseling anyone with an IVC filter to understand their legal rights and options.
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To learn more, contact Munley Law for a free consultation. We will review the details of your situation and help you determine what to do next. Email, chat, or call our office at (855) 866-5529.