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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 (3/8/19): Federal Jury Finds Cook Medical’s IVC Filter to be Defective and Dangerous

Plaintiff Tonya Brand won a $3 million verdict against Cook Medical and their dangerous IVC filter which broke apart and migrated into her leg and other body parts. Should you file a claim?

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BREAKING (3/5/19): Indiana Jury Awards $3M in IVC Filter Lawsuit

A federal jury in Indianapolis has awarded $3 million to a woman injured by a defective Cook Medical interior vena cava (IVC) filter. The verdict was a noteworthy one, as it is the first to be in favor of the plaintiff instead of Cook.

Tonya Brand, the plaintiff in the case, claims that she had to pull out a piece of her IVC filter from her thigh after it disintegrated in her body. Other pieces of her filter became lodged in other parts of the body and cannot be removed.

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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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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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The Link Between Medical Implants and Autoimmune Diseases

Fatigue. Brain fog. Fibromyalgia. Most people don’t associate these symptoms with having a medical device, but doctors and researchers have been finding a very strong link between the two. From patients who have breast implants to those with surgical mesh or knee replacements, countless people are struggling to battle autoimmune diseases resulting from their implants and yet have no idea why they’re feeling so sick.

The Link Between Medical Implants and Autoimmune Diseases

Types of Autoimmune Diseases

An autoimmune disease is when the body attacks and damages its own tissues. An autoimmune disease can be associated with materials used in medical implants, devices, and adjuvants (substances added to vaccines such as aluminum and mercury). Here are just a few of the common types of autoimmune diseases that have been linked to medical implants:

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) – This condition can also be called systemic exertion intolerance disease (SEID) or myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). Loss of memory or concentration, unexplained muscle or joint pain, headaches, and unrefreshing sleep are characteristics of CFS.
  • Fibromyalgia – Pain, stiffness, tenderness, and soreness in the muscles at “trigger points”.
  • Multiple sclerosis – A disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and body.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis – An inflammatory condition that results in warm, swollen, and painful joints
  • Systemic lupus – The body’s immune system starts to attack healthy tissue and may cause  painful and swollen joints, fever, chest pain, hair loss, and more.
  • Crohn’s Disease – This inflammatory bowel disease can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract from mouth to anus. Signs and symptoms often include abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, and weight loss.

Types of Medical Implant Materials

Depending on the injury or treatment needed, there are many different types of materials used.

Biologic

Biologic material is derived from living tissue, which can include intestines or skin that has been processed and disinfected for use as an implant device (for example, pig skin has been used instead of plastic mesh to reinforce hernias). The tissue is sourced from pigs, cows, sheep or humans. The most important specification for a biological material is that it’s biocompatible which means that it’s able to integrate into a host without causing an immune reaction. The pros are that they are more compatible with your body. The cons include that they can break down and degenerate.

Let’s say you had breast cancer and you wish to reconstruct your breast using your own tissue. A surgeon would take tissue from your stomach, thighs or buttocks to rebuild your breast instead of using saline or silicone which have been linked to cancers and other health conditions.

Synthetic

Obviously “synthetic” is something that doesn’t occur naturally and synthetic devices can include plastics, ceramics, porcelain, and other man-made materials. These are commonly used for dental implants, sutures, hernias, and more. Ceramics are even being used in joint replacements to “reinforce it and provide improvements to the bicompatibility, joint wear and mechanical properties,” explains researcher Ana Maria Arizmendi Morquecho. The pros are that synthetic materials can be cheaper, more readily accessible, and last longer than biologics. The cons are that they can cause autoimmune disorders in the body and many times the products aren’t fully tested before being put on the market. Transvaginal mesh (TVM) is one example that left countless women worldwide with multiple health complications that cannot be resolved. TVM is made out of a plastic called polypropylene that can erode in the body, migrate, and the sharp edges can sever tissues and organs.

Metal

Metals are commonly used in implants and titanium and metal alloys are often found in hip replacements and other similar implants. These products are many times used in combination with synthetic materials to mimic bone and tissue function. While they are long lasting, many people experience autoimmune disorders since the immune system may fight a foreign object in the body. Essure was a popular permanent birth control device that was designed to be implanted in the fallopian tubes. It was made out of 55% nickel. The problem is that 20% of women are allergic to nickel and had serious reactions due to this device.

How the Body May Respond to an Implant

Medical implants can be made from a variety of materials depending on the injury or issue it is supposed to address. However, each person can react differently to each material. Here are some recent studies linking autoimmune diseases with common medical implants:

Breast Implants

In January 2019, a study was published in Clinical Rheumatology that stated that silicone may trigger immune responses that increase the risk of developing fibromyalgia and CFS. “Researchers studied 30 female patients, 47.9 years old on average, treated between 2000 and 2017, who received silicone breast implants before being diagnosed with a rheumatological condition,” explained Fibromyalgia News Today. “Overall, six patients were diagnosed with fibromyalgia, three with chronic fatigue syndrome, and 12 with depression; the remaining patients were diagnosed with other conditions, such as Sjögren’s syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis.”

Transvaginal Mesh (TVM)

Jan Willem Cohen Tervaert, director of the Division of Rheumatology at the University of Alberta, noticed that many of his patients were experiencing the same health problems after having vaginal mesh surgery. “In my practice, I studied 40 patients who had mesh implants and found that almost all of them had symptoms such as chronic fatigue, cognitive impairment known as ‘brain fog, muscle and joint pain ‘fibromyalgia, feverish temperature, and dry eyes and dry mouth,” Tervaert said. “Of those patients, 45% developed an autoimmune disorder such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. And in the patients who had allergies before the implant, they were significantly worse after.”

Essure

Essure was introduced to the market in 2002 and was supposed to be a permanent, drug free birth control device for women. This coil-like implant was placed in the fallopian tubes so that eggs cannot descend from the ovaries into the uterus to be fertilized. However, Essure is made out of 55% nickel and 20% of women are allergic to this metal. According to the FDA, “From 2002 through 2017, the most frequently-reported patient problems were pain/abdominal pain (21,215), heavier menses/menstrual irregularities (9,846), headache (7,231), fatigue (5,842), and weight fluctuations (4,970). Most of the reports received listed multiple patient problems in each report. The most frequent device problems reported were patient-device incompatibility example, possible nickel allergy (4,481), migration of the device or device component (2,936), dislodged or dislocated device (1,356), device breakage (1,044), device operating differently than expected (947), device difficult to remove (331), device difficult to insert (317), and malposition of the device (279).”

What You Need to Know About Medical Implants

One of the biggest problems with medical implants is that patients don’t know that they’re linked to autoimmune disorders. After all, how can a hip replacement cause brain fog? However, there IS a strong connection between the two and patients need to know the symptoms to look for to determine if they’re having a negative reaction to their medical device. While the implant or device may not always be able to removed or replaced, having some answers may help you to address the symptoms more effectively.

 

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“Silicone Breast Implants Tied to Fibromyalgia, But More Evidence Needed, Study Says”. Fibromyalgia News Today. Accessed March 7, 2019. https://fibromyalgianewstoday.com/2019/02/13/silicone-breast-implants-fibromyalgia-more-evidence-needed/
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Do You Have an IVC Filter? Here’s What’s Happening in the News

This month IVC (interior vena cava) filters have been in the news quite a bit lately as lawsuits are settling and more claims are being filed. If you or a loved one has an IVC filter, here are the important updates that you should know about this controversial medical device.

Do You Have an IVC Filter? Here's What's Happening in the News

The Problems Linked to IVC Filters

For those who are at risk for blood clots and are unable to take blood thinners, IVC filters are placed in a large vein called the interior vena cava. The filter is made up of several metal prongs that connect at one end (almost like the frame of a closed umbrella). The hope is that the device will catch any blood clots and prevent them from traveling to the heart or lungs where it could cause extensive damage or even death.

The problem with the filter is that reports have been made to the FDA stating that the device can move causing it to puncture the interior vena cava. This device may also have prongs break off causing the pieces to migrate to other parts of the body creating excruciating pain and putting patient health at risk.

Lawsuit Finds in Favor of Patient with IVC Filter

Just last month an Indiana woman went to trial and won her case against IVC filter manufacturer Cook Medical. 53-year-old Tonya Brand of Snellville, Georgia, had an IVC filter surgery in 2009 and in 2011, a prong from her filter had migrated and pushed through the vein and the skin of her thigh. Other parts had also broken off and migrated throughout her body but are unfortunately unable to be removed. After deliberating for 11 hours, the jury decided that Brand should receive $3 million to help pay for the financial hardships that her injuries have caused.

This is a landmark verdict for patients who have had similar problems with their IVC filters; this is the first case where it was decided that this kind of device has a defective design. This is also the highest monetary compensation that has been awarded for this type of case (a Texas state court jury awarded $1.2 million against Cook Medical in a failure to warn case in 2018).

Upcoming Case to Watch

The newest and most notable lawsuit concerning IVC filter injuries was filed on February 26, 2019 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. This case is said to involve a woman from Missouri who was injured by the G2® Vena Cava Filter (“IVC Filter”) manufactured by C.R. Bard and Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc. The crux of this case is based on the issue that C.R. Bard sold a defective medical device and failed to warn about safety risks. Currently, there are 6,300 actions pending in this case. This means that instead of taking each filed lawsuit to trial, the verdict of this case will help to determine the outcome and compensation of the thousands of similar cases brought against C.R. Bard.

Should You File a Claim?

There are now over 9,000 IVC filter lawsuits pending against IVC filter manufacturers Johnson & Johnson, Cook Medical, Cordis Corporation, Rex Medical, C.R. Bard, B. Braun and more. Clearly, hundreds of thousands of people had their lives put in jeopardy and thousands suffered from the terrifying effects of their broken filters. Profits were put before people and if you were injured, you should consider filing a claim to receive financial compensation due to high medical bills, lost wages, and other monetary hardships that you had to endure.

If you had an IVC filter placed in your body between 2005 – 2017 and had it break or migrate, call Periscope Group today at (800) 511-3838. We want to hear your story.

 

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“Indiana Jury Awards $3M in IVC Filter Lawsuit”. Legal Scoops. Accessed March 13, 2019. https://www.legalscoops.com/indiana-jury-awards-3m-in-ivc-filter-lawsuit/
“Indiana Jury Awards $3M in Cook IVC Filter Bellwether Trial”. Yahoo! Finance.  Accessed March 13, 2019. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/indiana-jury-awards-3m-cook-040408228.html

 

Study Finds 45% of Mesh Implant Patients Develop Autoimmune Disorders

Surgical mesh is often used in hernia repairs and in American women for stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse (it’s illegal in other countries to treat gynecological issues). These medical devices have been linked to complications due to mesh erosion which can cause migration, organ perforation, bleeding, and other serious issues. A new study was recently published that also linked surgical mesh to a high rate of autoimmune disorders. If you have surgical mesh or are considering a procedure that uses a medical device implant, here is the information that you need to know.

Jan Willem Cohen Tervaert, director of the Division of Rheumatology at the University of Alberta, closely monitored his patients and came to a shocking conclusion, “In my practice, I studied 40 patients who had mesh implants and found that almost all of them had symptoms such as chronic fatigue, cognitive impairment known as ‘brain fog,’ muscle and joint pain ‘fibromyalgia,’ feverish temperature, and dry eyes and dry mouth,” stated Dr. Cohen Tervaert. “Of those patients, 45 per cent developed an autoimmune disorder such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. And in the patients who had allergies before the implant, they were significantly worse after.”

The Problem with Medical Device Implants

Unfortunately, complications can arise when any foreign object is inserted into the body. Similar symptoms have been frequently reported in patients who have silicone breast implants. “When a foreign body is put into the body, there is an instant activation of the immune system. It continues to fight the foreign body and eventually, over time, fatigues and becomes dysfunctional,” Dr. Cohen Tervaert explains. “Large-scale studies have shown that patients with breast implants have more symptoms of ASIA (autoimmune/auto-inflammatory syndrome induced by adjuvants) and an increased risk to develop an autoimmune disorder.

Doctors have determined that patients are genetically determined whether or not they’ll have an adverse autoimmune reaction to their medical device. Dr. Cohen Tervaert found that pre-existing allergies were present in 80% of breast implant patients which just so happened to be the same percentage of patients who had allergies in his patient group involving mesh. While it seems like an obvious answer is to have patients genetically tested for allergies before having a medical device implanted, unfortunately a test like this does not yet exist.

Many patients recovered after having the medical device removed in situations involving breast implants, but this type of surgery is more complicated with surgical mesh. Tissue and nerves can grow in and around the mesh making it virtually impossible to take out the entire device for countless patients.

Discussing your concerns with your doctor and carefully weighing the risks versus the benefits are two ways to protect your health. Also, familiarize yourself with the symptoms associated with autoimmune disorders. The sooner you call your doctor to address these issues, the better chance you have at recovery.

 

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