Bard’s IVC Filter Lawsuit Claims Purport That C.R. Bard’s Recovery and G2 Inferior Vena Cava Filters Have Design Defects That Cause Them To Fracture, Tilt, and Migrate Within Patients And Cause Serious Or Fatal Injuries, Reports Southern Med Law
As IVC Filter Lawsuit complaints continue to be filed, a recent NBC News investigation found at least 27 deaths have been associated with C.R. Bard’s Recovery IVC filter and the fatal injuries have left questions about whether Bard knew that its medical device had potentially fatal flaws. Southern Med Law, which represents victims of defective medical devices across the country, reiterates NBC’s findings that 300 other non-fatal incidents involving the Recovery filter have been reported.
One almost fatal case reported by NBC News is Dodi Froehlich, a 45 year old woman who had a Recovery IVC filter implanted after being injured in a car accident in 2004. Ms. Froehlich told NBC News that four months after having the implant, she was rushed to the hospital where doctors discovered a piece of the filter had “broken off and pierced her heart.” Ms. Froehlich underwent emergency open-heart surgery. Fortunately, doctors were able to save her life. Unfortunately, this was not the case for Gloria Adams, a 55-year-old woman who had a Bard Recovery filter implant after having a brain aneurysm in 2004, according to the NBC News report. Ms. Adams’ son, Kevin Keech, told news investigators that his mother died a week after being discharged from the hospital. An autopsy found that a blood clot had pushed the filter into her heart and punctured it. The filter’s failure to stop blood clots are also alleged in lawsuits filed against Bard. The complaints claim that Bard’s filters have design defects that make them more likely to fracture, migrate, tilt, or perforate the inferior vena cava and cause serious and fatal injuries. (In Re: Bard IVC Filters Product Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2641)
“This report was extremely troubling, and the claims made by NBC News appear to back many of the allegations included in IVC filter lawsuits involving the Recovery device. The injuries and deaths reportedly associated with this product are disturbing enough, but the revelation that others implanted with the Recovery filter may still be at risk is frightening,” says Dr. François Blaudeau, the founder of Southern Med Law. The Firm is currently evaluating legal claims on behalf of individuals who allegedly experienced life-threatening complications associated with Bard IVC filters.
What Is An IVC Filter
The law firm comments that Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters are small, wire devices that are implanted into the inferior vena cava (a main vessel returning blood from the lower half of the body to the heart) to trap or “filter” blood clots to prevent a pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in the lungs). Bard’s Recovery IVC filter was cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2002, according to Bard IVC filter lawsuits. After receiving such complaints as the device moving and breaking, Bard had a “confidential study” conducted on the Recovery filter, according to the NBC News report. The doctor who conducted the study found the Recovery filter had higher risks for death, filter fracture and migration than its competitors. The doctor wrote that further investigation was “urgently warranted.” Bard sold about 34,000 Recovery filters for nearly three years before replacing them with a modified version called, G2, according to NBC News.
C.R. Bard IVC Filter Lawsuits
Court documents indicate that 22 federally filed Bard Recovery and G2 IVC filter lawsuits were recently transferred to the U.S. District Court, District of Arizona. In August, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) consolidated IVC lawsuits for coordinated pretrial proceedings due, in part, due to the complaints raising similar allegations against C.R. Bard and Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc., the division that designs, tests, markets, labels and conducts post-market surveillance of the IVC filters. The complaints alleged that Bard’s medical devices are not effective and may increase the risk of pulmonary embolism. The lawsuits further allege the company did not conduct adequate clinical testing to make sure that its IVC filters would perform safely for short-term and long-term use. (In Re: Bard IVC Filters Product Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2641)
About Southern Med Law And Filing A C.R. Bard IVC Filters 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 or visiting www.southernmedlaw.com
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