Southern Med Law Is Investigating C.R. Bard IVC Filter Lawsuits That Allege The Company’s Recovery And G2 Inferior Vena Cava Filters Break, Tilt, And Migrate Which Cause Serious Injuries.
The first scheduling conference for IVC filter lawsuits filed against C.R. Bard was held on October 29 at the U.S. District Court, District of Arizona. The Bard IVC Filter lawsuits were consolidated for coordinated pretrial proceedings in August. The claims allege that the company’s Recovery and G2 Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters are prone to fracture, tilt, migrate or perforate the inferior vena cava (IVC) and cause injuries to patients.
Court documents indicate U.S. District Judge David G. Campbell, who is managing the Bard IVC multidistrict litigation, appointed plaintiffs’ attorneys to leadership positions. Two attorneys will serve as co-lead counsel and coordinate Bard IVC filter lawsuits while 22 attorneys were appointed to a plaintiffs’ steering committee. The parties also discussed IVC lawsuits that are nearly ready for trial. Judge Campbell does not intend to remand those cases back to their original courts, but keep them in the MDL where they will be considered as possible bellwether cases in the future, according to a Case Management Order the judge issued after the scheduling conference. (In Re: Bard IVC Filters Product Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2641)
“Scheduling conferences are vital to multidistrict litigations, such as the C.R. Bard litigation, because the meetings assist both parties and the court to address issues and carry out tasks that will help the proceedings to continue to move forward,” says Dr. François Blaudeau, Southern, Med Law founder.
The Firm is currently evaluating legal claims on behalf of individuals who allegedly experienced life-threatening complications associated with Bard IVC filters including:
• Perforation of the Heart, Lung or Other Organs
• Hemorrhagic Pericardial Effusion or Other Hemorrhage
• Cardiac Tamponade or Pericardial Pamponade
• Punctured Vena Cava
• Perforated Aorta
To schedule a free, no obligation case review, contact on of our experienced attorneys at the Firm today by calling 205-547-5525 or visit www.southernmedlaw.com and fill out the form on our website.
IVC filters are small, retrievable devices implanted into the inferior vena cava (the main vessel returning blood from the lower half of the body to the heart) to catch blood clots and stop them from reaching the lungs and causing a pulmonary embolism. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), IVC filters are used in patients who are at risk for a pulmonary embolism but cannot take blood thinners or when blood thinners have failed. Since 2005, the FDA has received 921 adverse events reports involving IVC filters fracturing, migrating, components detaching from the device, and perforating the IVC.
[fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/ucm221676.htm, August 9, 2010]
Court documents indicate that the 56 IVC filters pending in the MDL allege that Bard failed to conduct adequate clinical testing to ensure that the device would perform safely and effectively for short-term and long-term use. One complaint recently filed against Bard involved a Georgia woman who had a Bard G2 Express filter implanted in February 2008. According to the complaint, the woman discovered in January 2014 that a component of her IVC filter had perforated a muscle in her heart and open-heart surgery was required to remove the piece of broken filter; however, another missing piece was never retrieved and assumed to still be in her body. (Case No. 1:15-cv-03095, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia, In Re: Bard IVC Filters Product Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2641)
About Southern Med Law And Filing a C.R. Bard IVC Filter Lawsuit: Throughout his career, Dr. Blaudeau has worked hard to develop a strong reputation in healthcare litigation. His first-hand knowledge of medicine has made the Southern Med Law team 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 Bard retrievable IVC filter, please contact Southern Med Law today to learn more about your legal rights. Call today for a free, no obligation Bard IVC filter lawsuit review by filling out our online form, or by calling the office directly at 205-547-5525.
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