At Least 50 Bard IVC Filter Lawsuit Claims Alleging Filter Fracturing, Pulmonary Embolism, Inferior Vena Cava Perforations and Other Injuries Related to Recovery and G2 IVC Filters Now Pending in Court Reports Southern Med Law
Attorneys representing plaintiffs in federally-filed C.R. Bard, Inc. IVC filter lawsuit claims have until October 9th to submit an agenda for the multidistrict litigation’s Initial Status Conference. According to court documents pending in the U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, the agenda is to address a number of issues, including the status of certain IVC filter lawsuits that are already several years old, some of which are ready for trial. The Court is also seeking information on any cases filed in state courts, including any attempts to coordinate those lawsuits with the federal docket. (MDL 2461)
Court documents indicate that at least 50 C.R. Bard IVC lawsuit claims are now pending in the federal litigation underway in Arizona, where an Initial Status Conference will be held on October 29th. All of the lawsuits were filed on behalf of plaintiffs who allegedly suffered complications related to filter fracturing, inferior vena cava perforations, pulmonary embolism and other serious injuries due to Bard’s Recovery and G2 retrievable IVC filter products.
IVC filters are small devices that are implanted into the inferior vena cava to “catch” blood clots in order to prevent the formation of pulmonary embolism. According to the report that aired on the NBC Nightly News last month, the 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 by the G2 IVC filter, which was ostensibly an improvement over the earlier filter.
[nbcnews.com/health/heart-health/did-forged-signature-clear-way-dangerous-medical-device-n417246, NBC Nightly News, September 3, 2015]
In August 2010, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) disclosed that more than 900 adverse events involving retrievable IVC filters had been reported to its database since 2005. These involved more than 300 cases of device migration, 46 involved embolizations, 70 involved 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]
C.R. Bard is not the only device manufacturer facing IVC filter lawsuits. Court records indicate that a second multidistrict litigation is underway in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, involving IVC filters manufactured by Cook Medical. According to a minute entry dated September 8th, the Court plans to conduct settlement conferences on cases pending in the proceeding on February 16, 17, and 18, 2016, in Indianapolis. The lawsuits will be chosen from the litigation’s discovery pool, with the protocol for selecting such cases to be determined at a later date. (MDL No. 2570)
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.
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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