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IVC Filters Tied To Migration, Punctured Organs and Severe Injury

IVC Filters and the Harm They Cause – What They Knew, When They Knew It

Inferior vena cava filters (IVC filters) are designed to help patients recovering from surgeries by preventing blood clots from traveling to their lungs and heart which can potentially damage tissue or can even be fatal. These devices are inserted into the largest vein in the body, located in the abdomen. However, many patients are finding out that these filters may be more harmful than the initial threat of blood clots.

What They Knew

An IVC filter is made up of several pointed prongs that form a cage like structure to catch blood clot fragments. If a prong comes loose or if the entire device detaches from the vein, a blood vessel can be punctured, the filter can shift or migrate damaging surrounding tissue, the prongs can break off and can lodge into the heart, lungs or other organs, and some cases have shown that these devices can even cause blood clots. These conditions can cause long term damage or even death.

When They Knew It

In 2003, IVC filters were fast-tracked through the FDA since they were similar to previous products. By 2010, the FDA had received over 921 separate adverse effects reports from patients who experienced problems with the device dislodging, fracturing, migrating and more. Patients have reported to the FDA that their filters have fractured causing prongs to lodge in the lower lumbar of the spine, the small intestines, and punctured veins and organs. One California women even had an IVC filter prong lodge in her heart and is unable to undergo surgery due to the risk. Clearly, these are all painful and life threatening conditions.

Currently, there are over 6,000 lawsuits pending in federal court because the various IVC companies knew their products were defective and yet they continued to sell them without telling patients and doctors about the potential risks. One bellwether case was recently awarded while three more are scheduled for 2018:

The U.S. District Court in Arizona has ordered C.R. Bard Inc. – which was acquired by company Becton, Dickinson (BD) – to pay $3.6 million in damages to Sherr-Una Booker of Georgia who experienced medical complications due to having a defective IVC filter. The G2 IVC filter implant fractured inside her body and perforated her inferior vena cava. The jury required Bard to pay Ms. Booker $1.6 million (80% of the $2 million in total compensatory damages) for failure to warn of the dangers of the filter and also ordered Bard to pay $2 million in punitive damages. This is the first case in more than 3,600 bellwether trials involving Bard’s IVC filters.

The next trial is set to take place on May 15, 2018 involving plaintiff Doris Jones. Mrs. Jones was given a Bard Eclipse IVC filter which fractured and caused a prong to lodge in her right pulmonary artery. The filter was removed but a fractured IVC filter limb still remains in place.

A third IVC bellwether case is scheduled to start on September 10, 2018 and a final bellwether trial is set to occur on November 5, 2018. The outcome of these combined cases will help to determine how the other claims against Bard will be settled and numerous new claims are being filed daily.

What Can You Do?

IVC filters evidently have several dangerous adverse effects that can not only cause great pain and suffering, but may have lethal repercussions. If you or a loved one has experienced any one of these adverse effects and had a Bard, Cook or Greenfield IVC filter implanted after 2003, you may be able to make a claim. Thousands of people who have been injured are joining together to voice their complaints against the manufacturers of these unsafe medical devices. Contact us today to see if we are able to help you.

IVC Filter Warnings In The News

BREAKING (12/7/18): IVC Filters: What Have We Learned and Should We Be Concerned?

 

Do you have an IVC filter? Many patients have had to undergo medical treatment due to severe complications from the device migrating and breaking apart. Here’s what you should know.

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BREAKING (12/7/18): Are the New Generation of IVC Filters Safer for Patients?

 

IVC filters were used for many years to prevent blood clots from causing PE, but many patients were injured by prongs breaking off and moving in the body. Is this new version safer?

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7/10/18: Latest IVC Filter Verdict Favors Plaintiff

On May 25 in Houston, 35 year-old firefighter Jeffrey Pavlock was awarded $1.2 million in his case against Cook, Inc., the manufacturers of his faulty IVC filter. Pavlock suffered blood vessel and organ perforations when his filter migrated and then embedded itself in a blood vessel. Subsequent surgeries to remove the faulty device have been unsuccessful thereby putting Pavlock at risk for increased blood clots and further medical complications, including death. Unfortunately, Pavlock was never warned about the possibility of these life-threatening problems before he had an IVC filter implant.

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4/6/18: Ohio Man Files Eclipse® IVC Filter Lawsuit

The lawsuit was filed by Gregory G., a man from Ohio who was implanted with the Eclipse® Inferior Vena Cava Filter (“IVC Filter”) manufactured by C.R. Bard and Bard Peripheral Vascular Inc.

The IVC Filter was surgically implanted in his vein for the purpose of preventing a pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lungs).

It was implanted on April 20, 2010 at a hospital in Ohio. His injuries also occurred while he was living in Ohio.

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4/6/18: C.R. Bard ordered to pay $3.6 million in lawsuit over defective IVC filter

A state district court has ordered C.R. Bard Inc., now a part of Becton, Dickinson (BD), to pay $3.6 million in damages to a woman in Georgia who experienced complications from the implantation of a defective inferior vena cava (IVC) filter produced by the enterprise.

The plaintiff filed the suit after her G2 IVC filter implant fractured inside her body and perforated her inferior vena cava. The case is the first, in more than 3,600 bellwether trials involving Bard’s IVC filters, to go to trial in the U.S. District Court, District of Arizona.

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2/27/18: IVC Filter Lawsuit Filed for Vena Cava Perforation

A woman from Indiana has filed a lawsuit after her IVC Filter punctured through her vein and injured her aorta, intestines, and internal tissues, causing significant pain until the filter was removed.

On April 27, 2016, a CT scan of her abdomen revealed that several struts of the Celect IVC Filter had perforated through the wall of her inferior vena cava and were abutting and/or penetrating into her duodenum (intestines), aorta, and internal abdominal tissues known as the mesentery, causing significant pain in her abdomen and side.

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2/22/18: Case to Watch: First Bard IVC filter case heads to trial in MDL

The first of more than 3,500 cases alleging injuries from C.R. Bard Inc’s vascular filters goes to trial on March 13 in federal court in Phoenix, Arizona.

Lawyers will be closely watching the bellwether, especially after a jury rejected similar claims against another vascular filter maker, Cook Medical Inc, in November.

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Biased and Falsified Studies: The Truth Behind Medical Research

Doctors need at least eight years of higher education and another seven years training in a residency and fellowship before they can really practice on their own in their field. That’s just one reason why we, as patients, put our trust – and quite literally our lives – in their hands.

Biased and Falsified Studies: The Truth Behind Medical Research

Drugs, treatments, diagnoses, and everything else that goes into treating our symptoms are quite complicated so we rely on their expertise to make us well. Unfortunately, this is also a business and like all businesses, there’s the motivation to make money. The lack of accountability and financial perks have created a serious conflict of interest between research doctors, pharmaceutical companies, and the medical professionals who rely on these studies to address their patients.

Why You Should Care About Medical Study Research

Okay, I admit it: I never even thought about how drugs or medical devices were put on the market until recently. Like most people, I didn’t have the time to care and I also figured that’s what my doctor is for. But the deeper I dug, the more I learned that millions of people are getting injured – and are even dying – because drugs and medical devices aren’t being properly tested.

Here’s one example: transvaginal mesh (TVM) was never tested in a vagina before it was put into millions of women’s vaginas. Johnson & Johnson paid the inventor of TVM, Swedish obstetrician and gynecologist Ulf Ulmsten, $1 million to prove TVM’s safety and effectiveness. Who wouldn’t do everything they could to skew the results in their favor? Now hundreds of thousands of women are living with pain, have broken relationships, and suffer from other complications due to this bad medical device.

The Core Conflict

Doctors don’t have the time or funding to do the research themselves, so they rely on experts in their respective fields to test new drugs and medical devices and to report the benefits and risks so they can best treat their patients. Like the TVM example, many researchers are getting funding and kickbacks for publishing papers promoting a certain drug or medical device in medical journals or for speaking at conferences. The main problem is the lack of transparency on the part of many doctors who fail to disclose that they are funded by the pharmaceutical company.  The New York Times reported that, “Dr. Jeffrey R. Botkin, an associate vice president for research at the University of Utah, recently argued… that researchers should face misconduct charges when they do not disclose their relationships with interested companies. ‘They really are falsifying the information that others rely on to assess that research,’ he said. ‘Money is a very powerful influencer, and people’s opinions become subtly biased by that financial relationship.’”

We, as patients, need to demand more accountability and transparency in the medical world. Researchers need to disclose their relationship with pharmaceutical companies so our doctors can take the information with a grain of salt to fully understand the capabilities and risk factors for the treatments they are prescribing. The more products a company sells, the more money it makes. We should be treated with the drug or device that works best, not offers the biggest perk.


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Sources
“What These Medical Journals Don’t Reveal: Top Doctors’ Ties to Industry”. New York Times. Accessed December 11, 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/08/health/medical-journals-conflicts-of-interest.html

4 Tips for Camp Fire Survivors to Help Replace Destroyed Items

When everything is lost, where do you even begin to start to replace what mattered most? This is the big question that victims of the Camp Fire in Paradise and other California fire survivors are asking themselves. While family heirlooms, childhood crafts, and other priceless items can’t be replaced, other favorite pieces can be with a little time and effort.

4 Tips for Camp Fire Survivors to Help Replace Destroyed Items

Our Call Center Manager, Laura, lost her family home in Paradise and is now helping her parents to rebuild what was lost. She has been busy reaching out to over 80 companies asking for a bit of generosity to replace items such as her dad’s barbecue, safe, and other valuable pieces. Some businesses have been amazing and have given the items for free or asked for just the cost of shipping while others have declined to even honor their warranties. (And just so you know, this post has two motives: 1) to advise you on how to ask companies for help and 2) to inform you of businesses who are compassionate and generous so we can continue to support them!)

2. Ask for a replacement item or a discount

Some people may think that your insurance is going to cut you a fat check to purchase everything you need, but usually they will cover only 50 – 75% of the initial costs, so a discount or free item is going to be incredibly appreciated. It may be helpful to mention that you have insurance, but it only covers a fraction of your losses. Also, a discount is better than nothing. We want to support these businesses who are willing to do what they can, not cause financial stress. Requesting a discount can help you to get what you need while also providing a way for the company to help without causes financial strain.

3. Explain the importance of the item in your letter

For Laura’s family, Sunday night barbecues were the highlight of the week. Her dad, Chris, was proud of his skills and he even created a designated spot with pavers to house his grill. Laura reached out to Weber and explained “every Sunday night in our family means barbecue, beer and football… family dinners revolve around BBQ.” Guess what happened? They offered Chris a 22” model for free. Maybe the item isn’t the exact one that you requested, but this was so generous on the part of Weber and it was a huge step in getting life back to normal for Chris.

4. Give as much information about the original product as you can.

A company is more likely to replace the item if you have proof of ownership and that you were personally affected by the fire (and not a scammer). Here is a great sample that Laura wrote:

My dad owned two toolboxes from Snap On and he has always been a Mr. Fix It type of guy. I wanted to reach out, because we just lost our family home in Paradise, CA to the Camp Fire and now his toolboxes and tools are destroyed. The toolboxes themselves are brittle and can not be fixed and all the tools inside are melted together.

I wanted to see if there was any way I could get a discount to re order him at least one of the toolboxes. Unfortunately, their insurance is going to take months, maybe even years to pay out and I can’t afford to replace the toolboxes and tools myself at full price. If you could place just let me know I would really appreciate it.

I have attached photos of the toolboxes that I believe he had. I also attached before and after photos of our home in Paradise. You can see the toolboxes standing right in the middle of the ashes behind the garage door in the after photo.

Physically everyone made it out okay, but what remains of the place we all called home is devastating. I would really appreciate anything you can do to help out my family. Thank you so much in advance for your time.

 

Out of the 80+ companies that Laura has contacted, only four have responded. If you need a barbecue or custom made sign, please support Weber barbecues and Second to None Fabrication. These companies were awesome and we would love to see them rewarded for their generosity.

Those on Santa’s Naughty List? Snap-on Tools, KA_BAR knives, and Sentry Safe. On Sentry Safe’s website, they even state that, “Should your safe go through a fire, SentrySafe will send a replacement safe free of charge, so the things that matter most are protected for generations to come.” Not only would the above companies not replace the items, but they also refused to offer a discount.

It’s going to take time to contact businesses, but it may be worth the effort to start getting your life back together. We also hope that you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the compassion and kindness you’ll find.

Periscope Group is not owned by or operated on behalf of any attorney or law firm. We are not affiliated with any drug or medical device companies. We do not host advertisements nor do we accept advertising requests. We are here to help YOU, the consumer, become better educated and supported. You pay absolutely nothing for our help. It’s as simple as that.

Periscope Group is not owned by or operated on behalf of any attorney or law firm. We are not affiliated with any drug or medical device companies. We do not host advertisements nor do we accept advertising requests. We are here to help YOU, the consumer, become better educated and supported. You pay absolutely nothing for our help. It’s as simple as that.

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