There have been reports of IVC (Inferior Vena Cava) filters failing, causing serious injury or death. IVC filters are spider-like metal devices that are implanted into the inferior vena cava to capture blood clots and prevent them from entering the heart, lungs or brain. The filter catches these clots and allows them to dissipate over time. The inferior vena cava is the major vein that carries blood from the lower half of the body to the right atrium of the heart. Once a clot breaks away from the arterial wall, it can migrate to the heart, lungs or brain and cause serious problems. IVC filters are often used in patients who are at higher risk of pulmonary embolism (PE) or are not able to take anticoagulant medication. It was designed to be temporary and removed once the danger of pulmonary embolism has passed.
The IVC filter lawsuit alleges that C.R. Bard, a manufacturer of IVC filter devices, failed to warn patients and physicians of the increased risks of the devices fracturing and potentially sending metal fragments through the vascular system and perforating an organ. The lawsuit also alleges that Bard hid results of the company’s own research indicating that the filters were dangerous, and even forged a regulatory specialist’s signature on an FDA application in order to attain FDA approval.
The five products at the forefront of the litigation are: The Bard Recovery filter; The Bard G2 filter; The Bard G2 Express filter; The Cook Gunther Tulip filter; and the Cook Celect filter.
There have been reports of the IVC filters falling out of place or fracturing. The metal filter, or pieces of it, can then migrate through the vascular system, working its way through a vein wall and puncturing an internal organ. There are also reports of embolisms at the insertion site – the same clotting that the device is intended to prevent. To date, the Bard Recovery IVC Filter has been implicated in at least 30 deaths and 300 non-fatal injuries.
If pieces of the IVC filter fragment and migrate to the heart or lungs, symptoms may include:
In severe cases, injuries can lead to:
The Cochran Firm is reviewing potential IVC filter cases. The scientific studies and the FDA’s current evaluation are relatively recent events. Our law firm is currently reviewing the scientific studies to determine whether sufficient evidence does or will exist for IVC filter patients or their families to bring lawsuits against the manufacturer of this product. If you or a loved one has been injured by an IVC filter, or have been told that the filter cannot be removed, call The Cochran Firm – Dothan at 1-800-239-2555 for a free, no obligation consultation.