IVC Filter Injury Lawsuits Allege The Vena Cava Filters Can Fracture, Tilt, Migrate And Cause Serious Injuries To Cardiac Patients.
While Southern Med Law represents clients in IVC Filter lawsuits, they found a new study suggesting implanting the filters in trauma patients at risk for blood clots does not increase their chances of survival. This was compared to trauma patients who do not have an IVC filter implant. In addition, the study found, leaving IVC filters implanted increases the risk of morbidity in patients. The study’s findings mirror the complaints in numerous IVC filter injury lawsuits filed by patients around the country. The lawsuits allege the IVC filters can migrate fracture, tilt and fail to prevent blood clots causing serious injuries and even death. (In Re: Bard IVC Filters Product Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2641) (In Re: Cook Medical, Inc., IVC Filter Lawsuits, MDL No. 2570)
Researchers at Boston University used data of 1,794 patients at the Boston Medical Center (a Level 1 trauma center at Boston University School of Medicine) between August 1, 2003 and December 31, 2012. Of the total number, 451 patients had IVC filters implanted. Researchers examined the mortality rate for patients who survived more than 24 hours after the trauma, six months after discharge and then after one year. Researchers concluded there was “no significant differences in survival in trauma patients” with or without an IVC.” The study noted that only 38 of the 451 (8 percent) IVC filters were removed during the follow-up period. Researchers recommended IVC filter use should be “re-examined because filter removal rates are low and there is increased risk of morbidity in patients with filters that remain in place.”
[jamanetwork.com/journals/jamasurgery/article-abstract/2556171, JAMA, September 28, 2016]
“The study’s conclusion supports the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recommendation to remove IVC filters as soon as the risk of blood clots subsides,” says Dr. François Blaudeau, founder of Southern Med Law, which is involved in an IVC filter lawsuit complaint in the Talladega County (Alabama) Circuit Court. (IVC Filter Lawsuit No. 61-CV-2016-900295.00)
Southern Med Law is currently evaluating legal claims on behalf of individuals who allegedly experienced life-threatening complications associated with Cordis TrapEase IVC Filters, C.R. Bard Recovery and G2 IVC filters, and Cook Medical Celect and Günther Tulip IVC filters. If you or a loved one were injured by IVC filters, please contact Southern Med Law today to learn more about your legal rights. Call today for a free, no obligation IVC filter lawsuit review by filling out our online form, or by calling the office directly at 205-547-5525.
IVC filters are small wire devices implanted into the inferior vena cava to capture blood clots and prevent them from causing a pulmonary embolism which can be fatal. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) IVC filters can cause complications when left implanted over a long period of time. The FDA recommends removal of filters between 29 and 54 days after implantation and when the risk of a pulmonary embolism has passed
[fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/ucm396377.htm, FDA, October 6, 2014]
Southern Med Law is representing the family of an Alabama woman who had a Cordis TrapEase IVC filter implanted and died of cardiac arrest in September 2014. The complaint asserts the defendants failed to adequately disclose the migration, fracture, perforation, tilt, and other risks linked to the TrapEase IVC filter. The lawsuit names Cordis Corporation, Confluent Medical Technolgies, Inc., Johnson & Johnson and the woman’s medical providers as defendants. (IVC Filter Lawsuits No. 61-CV-2016-900295.00) Numerous IVC filter lawsuits have been filed against C.R. Bard, Cook Medical and Cordis alleging the Inferior Vena Cava filters can migrate fracture, tilt and fail to prevent blood clots causing serious injuries and even death. (In Re: Bard IVC Filters Product Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2641) (In Re: Cook Medical, Inc., IVC Filter Lawsuits, MDL No. 2570)
About Southern Med Law And Filing An IVC Filter Lawsuit
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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François M. Blaudeau, MD JD FACHE FCLM Esquire
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