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IVC Filter Lawsuit Settlement Amounts

If you’ve been injured by a defective IVC filter, you may be entitled to compensation. Saunders & Walker P.A. can help you determine whether your injuries may form the basis for legal action and how much you might expect to receive in IVC filter lawsuit settlements.


Why Are Victims Filing IVC Filter Lawsuits?

Every year, tens of thousands of Americans die from blood clots, including pulmonary embolisms. To combat the problem, medical manufacturers developed IVC filters, implantable devices that are supposed to trap clots in the inferior vena cava, the largest vein in the human body.

At the very least, these medical devices are ineffective at catching blood clots. In many cases, they’re downright defective. Not only do IVC filters fail to reduce the death rate in trauma patients, but they pose additional health risks as well. Designed to save lives, the filters seem to be doing a better job of taking them.


What Are the Risks?

There are many known risks associated with IVC filters. To begin with, the blood clot filter can break. Filter fractures are relatively common, and when they occur, pieces can sometimes travel to the heart or lungs. In addition, the entire device can shift, causing serious damage. Perforation can also occur.

Finally, removal of a vena cava filter can prove difficult, even dangerous in some cases. Other long-term complications include everything from lower limb deep vein thrombosis to occlusions of the inferior vena cava.


IVC Filter Complications

  • Punctured veins or arteries
  • Organ damage
  • Filter breakage or fracture
  • Filter migration or tilting
  • Difficult or impossible removal
  • Death


IVC Filter Litigation

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A growing body of research has revealed the extent to which IVC filters pose a risk to medical patients. As a result, IVC filter lawsuits have been filed against a number of manufacturers, including Cook Medical, C.R. Bard, Boston Scientific, and Cordis.

  • Studies show that an estimated 40 percent of Cook Medical’s IVC filters migrated inside the body. Other instances have occurred where filters break, puncture the vena cava, or even tilt out of position. As of spring 2017, more than 1,600 cases were still pending against Cook Medical.
  • R. Bard, another medical manufacturer, has suffered from similar problems. Research suggests that Bard Recovery filter fractured in at least 25 percent of patients. According to one investigative news report, Bard’s filters have caused at least 27 deaths and over 300 injuries. In spite of the mounting evidence, Bard continued to sell its IVC filter implants without warning doctors and patients about the adverse effects. In response, thousands of lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturer, including 1,600 pending cases.


IVC Filter Lawsuit Settlements Amounts

Thousands of IVC filter lawsuits are currently pending before courts throughout the country. If past medical device cases are any indication, injured parties could receive substantial sums in settlement awards. Combined, billions of dollars have been given to the victims of defective medical devices over the years. Individual suits often result in tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages.

That being said, each case is unique. No one can make any guarantees regarding specific lawsuit settlement amounts. When awarding a dollar amount, juries will typically consider:

  • The extent, severity, and duration of the injuries
  • The effect on the patient’s overall physical and mental health
  • The egregiousness of the manufacturer’s behavior
  • The amount of medical expenses
  • Past pain and mental anguish
  • Future pain and mental anguish
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Loss of love, companionship, and financial support after a wrongful death

In the coming months and years, a few bellwether cases may help injured parties and their lawyers better estimate the amounts that are likely to be awarded in future Bard IVC filter lawsuit settlements.


How to Qualify for IVC Filter Lawsuit Settlements

The best way to determine whether you qualify and to estimate a settlement award is to speak with an attorney who can evaluate the specifics of your case. At Saunders & Walker P.A., we provide free case evaluations to potential clients. Our IVC filter lawyers will listen to your story, consider the facts, and advise you on your options.

Our law firm represents clients who have been injured by IVC filters. We also represent the surviving family members of patients who have suffered wrongful death at the hands of unscrupulous medical manufacturers. Fill out our simple online form in order to contact us and schedule a free case review.

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