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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 (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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