IVC Filter Lawsuits

 

Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters are designed to catch blood clots before they are able to reach the lungs or heart, however, mounting evidenced has emerged that suggests IVC filters are not beneficial as previously thought. Used in patients who have contraindication to anticoagulant drugs, roughly 250,000 IVC filters have been implanted, with the market reaching $435 million in 2015.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported several years ago that they had received more than 900 IVC filter reports about adverse effects including punctured veins, organs, fractured devices, chronic health issues, and life-threatening medical emergencies. As a result of this profusion of IVC filter related injuries, more than 100 lawsuits have been brought against manufacturers C.R. Bard, Cook Medical, and Cord (Johnson & Johnson), alleging that the creators of these devices failed to adequately warn patients and physicians about the risks of filters breaking and fragments traveling through the veins causing serious damage to vital organs and arteries. Attorneys have argued that manufacturers hid the results of their research that indicated the devices could potentially harm patients and even that C.R. Bard forged paperwork in order to get approval.     

The growing number of litigations has been consolidated under Judge Richard L. Young under MDL 2570 in the U.S. District Court for the South District of Indiana. As of the summer of 2015, 102 lawsuits were pending from 11 different districts.

The five products most frequently involved in IVC filter litigation include: The Bard G2 filter, The Bard G2 Express filter, The Bard Recover filter, The Cook Gunther Tulip filter, and the Cook Celect filter.

If you, or a loved one, has suffered physical, emotional, and financial injury, or even death, as a result of IVC Filters, then contact us today at (877) 919-0830.