Plaintiffs In IVC Filter Lawsuits Claim The Retrievable Blood Clot Filters Marketed by C.R. Bard, Inc. and Cook Medical are Defective, Leading to Filter Fracturing, Pulmonary Embolism, Inferior Vena Cava Perforations and Other Injuries
More than 1,300 IVC filter lawsuits have been filed against C.R. Bard, Inc. and Cook Medical, Inc. in two separate MDL’s, Southern Med Law reports. According to documents issued by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, 709 personal injury claims involving C.R. Bard’s Recovery and G2 filters are now pending in the centralized proceeding underway in the U.S. District Court, District of Arizona. ((MDL 2461)
A second multidistrict litigation established in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, for cases involving Cook Medical’s Celect and Gunther Tulip retrievable IVC filters now houses 654 claims. (MDL No. 2570)
IVC filters are small wire devices that are implanted into the inferior vena cava to “catch” blood clots in order to prevent the formation of pulmonary embolism. The products at the center of the C.R. Bard and Cook Medical litigations are not intended for permanent placement, and should be retrieved once a patient is no longer at risk for pulmonary embolism.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) disclosed in August 2010 that more than 900 adverse events involving retrievable IVC filters had been reported to its database since 2005. The majority (300 cases) involved device migration, 46 noted embolizations, 70 resulted in perforation of the inferior vena cava, and 56 involved filter fracture. In 2014, the FDA recommended that doctors retrieve IVC filters within 29-54 days, so long as the risk of pulmonary embolism had passed.[fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/ucm396377.htm, FDA, May 6, 2014]
Southern Med Law represents client from around the country in medial device lawsuits. The firm continues to offer free legal consultation to those who believe the have suffered injuries form IVC filters. You can speak with one of the firms attorneys about your legal rights by calling 1-205-547-5525.
According to a report that aired on NBC Nightly News in September 2015, C.R. Bard’s Recovery filter may be associated with more than 300 serious injuries and as many as 27 deaths. Though Bard never recalled the device, it did stop selling the Recovery product in 2005 – just two years after it came on the market. The Recovery was replaced with the G2 IVC filter, which was purportedly an improvement over the earlier filter. However, a follow-up report that aired on NBC Nightly News in December suggested that the “improved” filter was also beset by problems.
As both an attorney and practicing physician, Dr. François Blaudeau, the founder of Southern Med Law, possesses a unique understanding of the medical and legal issues at the center of the growing IVC filter litigation. His first-hand knowledge of medicine has made Southern Med Law an aggressive and effective advocate for those who were harmed due to negligent medical device manufacturers. If you or a loved one were injured by a Cook or Bard IVC filter, please contact Southern Med Law today to learn more about your legal rights. You can arrange for a free, no obligation IVC lawsuit review by visiting www.southernmedlaw.com, or by calling the office directly at 205-547-5525.
About Southern Med Law and Filing An IVC Filter Lawsiuit
Southern Med Law is led by Dr. François Blaudeau, an attorney and a practicing obstetrician/ gynecologist that is determined to stop the large manufacturers of personal health products and medical devices from injuring more women. The legal staff at Southern Med Law is an experienced group of attorneys who possess a deep understanding of the complex medical and legal questions at issue in all manner of product liability and personal injury claims. They are not afraid to take on the nation’s largest corporations in their pursuit of justice, and are committed to ensuring that all victims have access to the type of aggressive legal advocacy that assures success.
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