IVC Filter Lawsuit Filings Rise To Over 500 Complaints Alleging The IVC Filter Breaks, Move and Perforate the Inferior Vena Cava And Other Internal Organs.
Inferior vena cava or IVC filter lawsuit filings that allege the medical devices manufactured by C.R. Bard and Cook Medical cause life-threatening injuries jumped 25 percent over the past month. The Cook and C.R. Bard IVC lawsuits contend the companies designed defective and dangerous IVC filters that break, move, tilt, and puncture the inferior vena cava, heart and lungs, and fail to prevent blood clots which can cause death.
The attorneys at Southern Med Law are currently reviewing potential lawsuit claims on behalf of individuals who experienced life-threatening complications including perforation of the heart, lung or other organs, punctured vena cava, perforated aorta and death allegedly due to IVC filters made by C.R. Bard and Cook Medical. If you have been injured by IVC filters contact one of the firm’s attorneys for a free legal evaluation by calling (205) 547-5525 or visit southernmedlaw.com for more information on this and other defective medical devices and to fill out a contact form.
The number of complaints filed against C.R. Bard over its Recovery and G2 IVC filters rose from 382 as of April 15, to 527 as of May 16. A multidistrict litigation (MDL) has been established for IVC filter lawsuit claims against C.R. Bard in the U.S. District Court, District of Arizona. Cook Medical saw an additional 40 complaints added to the MDL for its Celect IVC filter and Günther Tulip IVC filter. The number of lawsuits increased from 343 as of April 15, to 383 as of May 16. The Cook IVC filter claims are consolidated in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana. (In Re: Bard IVC Filters Product Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2641) (In Re: Cook Medical, Inc., IVC Filter Lawsuits, MDL No. 2570)
IVC filters are small devices that are implanted into the inferior vena cava, a major vein that carries blood from the lower part of the body to the heart and lungs. The devices have struts or spider-like legs that are intended to trap blood clots and prevent them from traveling to the heart and lungs and cause a pulmonary embolism. IVC filters are implanted in patients who are at risk of a pulmonary embolism and cannot take anticoagulants and for those who found blood thinners ineffective.
Complaints To FDA On IVC Filter Injuries
In August 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that over 900 adverse events involving IVC filters had been reported to its database since 2005. Of that number, more than 300 reports involved the filters migrating to other parts of the body, 70 reports involved perforation of the vena cava and 56 involved filter fracture. The FDA indicated that the problems with IVC filters occur due to the filter remaining implanted longer than necessary. In 2014, the agency recommended that doctors retrieve IVC filters within 29-54 days, so long as the risk of pulmonary embolism had passed.
Court documents show that lawsuits filed against Cook Medical and C.R. Bard purport that the IVC filters are prone to fracture, tilt, and migrate and cause serious injuries, including death. Attorneys for plaintiffs and defendants in the litigation against Cook Medical are preparing cases for test trials which are scheduled to start after September 15, 2016. Trials for the C.R. Bard cases are expected to begin in March 2017.
About Southern Med Law and Filing an IVC Filter Lawsuit
Throughout his career, Dr. François 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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