Many peole think the only way to be compensated for the harm they’ve experienced is to join an IVC filter class action lawsuit against Bard, a medical manufacturer, for having knowingly sold and marketed a defective product. However, the lawyers at Saunders & Walker P.A. are taking action by filing individual lawsuits for those negatively affected by an IVC filter.
Blood clot filters are supposed to save lives. Unfortunately, IVC filters are breaking apart as a result of a defective design, causing serious injury and even death to patients. In response, a number of lawsuits have been filed across the United States by patients who have suffered serious injuries due to the implantation of defective IVC filters.
A blood clot that passes through the heart, lungs, or brain is called an embolism, and it can be deadly. IVC filters, or inferior vena cava filters, are spider-like medical devices designed to minimize the risk of embolisms.
They are implanted in the vena cava—a large vein located in the abdomen that returns deoxygenated blood to the heart. Typically, an interventional radiologist uses advanced imaging systems to guide IVC filter placement.
IVC Filters are used to catch blood clots before they travel to the heart or lungs. By trapping clots, the device prevents deadly embolisms and allows blood to flow uninterrupted through the body. Doctors typically recommend IVC filters when patients are unable to benefit from traditional treatments, such as anticoagulant drugs.
A number of medical professionals have testified that IVC filters are not safe. The failure rate is too high and the complications are too severe. For one, the filters can break apart. When they do, metal parts travel through the bloodstream and puncture the vein, heart, or other organs. If IVC filter removal is not performed on a defective device before breakage occurs, the result can be deadly.
Back in 2010, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning to physicians about certain retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filters placed inside the vena cava, the largest vein in the body.
Between 2005 and 2010, the agency received more than 900 adverse event reports about IVCs from Bard and Cook that included several problems:
* Device migrating out of the vena cava
* Detaching parts that caused an embolization (the very problem they are supposed to prevent)
* Perforation of body parts by the filter
* Filter breaks
In 2010, the FDA released a stronger warning advising physicians to remove Bard and Cook IVCs within one to two months and after the embolism threat is lower.
In September 2015, NBC reported on a year-long investigation into Bard’s IVC filters. It concluded the manufacturer continued to sell and market the device even after it became aware it caused serious injury and death. NBC uncovered at least 27 deaths and more than 300 injuries associated with Bard’s devices.
In addition, one of Bard’s FDA regulatory specialists, Kay Fuller, quit the company after it refused to address her concerns about Recovery’s safety. Fuller also accused Bard of forging her signature on an application to the FDA for a redesigned IVC filter she refused to endorse.
It’s estimated that about 30,000 patients have been fitted with IVC devices from Bard and Cook Medical over the past 30 years. Reports culled from medical journals indicate:
* 40% of patients with IVC implants have experienced filter fracture after five and a half years.
* Almost 10% of patients receiving retrievable IVC implants at Boston Medical Center suffered a blood clot anyway.
Patients and their families who believe they suffered injuries from the devices are now fighting back.
A wrongful death lawsuit against Bard was filed in Missouri in September 2015. In addition, a U.S. Judicial Panel approved consolidated federal proceedings in Arizona against Bard and in Indiana against Cook. This allows patients to band together into a single lawsuit and share damages that may be recovered.
If you have had an IVC implant, check with your doctor about the manufacturer. Be sure to also get legal advice to review any unexpected or severe side effects that may be related to the device. If you were implanted with one of the affected devices, you might be able to take part in IVC filter lawsuit settlements.
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