IVC filter lawsuits claim that these devices cause a high failure rate leading to bleeding, organ damage and chronic pain. The claims involving the IVC Filter state the manufacturers of the device failed to warn patients and physicians of the increased risks of the filter breaking, and metal fragments moving through the blood, potentially damaging an organ. Attorneys argue that C.R. Bard (the manufacturer) hid the results of its own research which had found the filter dangerous, and even forged an employee’s signature on an FDA application in order to get approval. Our law firm is accepting clients who suffered injuries as a result of an IVC filter.
IVC Filters (inferior vena cava filter), are commonly used in patients at risk for, or with a history of, venous thromboembolism (EVT), which is the formation of a blood clot in the vein. An IVC filter is a small, spider-like, cone-shaped wire device that is implanted in the inferior vena cava (a large vein that carries deoxygenated blood from the lower body into the heart) just below the kidneys.
It is designed to capture an embolism (a blood clot that has broken loose from a deep vein in the legs on its way to the heart and lungs) and allow it to break down over time before it reaches any major organs. They are typically prescribed for patients who cannot tolerate blood-thinning medications or for patients who continue to develop clots despite the use of blood-thinning medications. There are two types of IVC Filters: permanent and retrievable. Permanent IVC filters are designed for people with chronic risk of pulmonary embolism (PE), and retrievable IVC filters are designed for those whom physicians deem to have a temporary risk of PE. As such, they are built with a mechanism to permit ready removal.
IVC Filters are supposed to protect patients from dangerous blood clots entering the heart, lungs, kidneys or brain, but the devices themselves are potentially deadly. There have been reports of the IVC blood clot filter falling out of place or breaking apart. The metal device, or pieces from it, can then move through the blood, working their way through a vein wall and puncturing an internal organ. The prolonged presence of certain retrievable IVC Filters is linked to serious, even fatal complications, including:
In 2012, the first IVC filter lawsuit was filed against manufacturer C.R. Bard. Today there are over 100 complaints filed against Cook Medical, and more than 50 filed against C.R. Bard. The multi-district litigation is pending in the U.S. District Court of Arizona.
These lawsuits are being filed claiming that the manufacturers of the medical devices were negligent in their design, with physicians and patients reporting high failure rates which are resulting in internal bleeding, organ damage and chronic pain. Furthermore, attorneys argue that these manufacturers knew of these potential design flaws, hid the results of their own research and failed to warn those using their devices. One manufacturer, C.R. Bard, went as far as to forge an employee’s signature to gain FDA approval for the device after the FDA denied them clearance in 2002.
As of this time, there have been no large group settlements involving the IVC filters. Litigation likes this takes many years to resolve, with teams of lawyers spending millions of dollars trying to determine exactly what occurred, and how it could have been prevented. However, our attorneys are committed to investigating and pursuing claims against all manufacturers of defective IVC filter products. Contact us today to see if you may be entitled to compensation at (800) 229 - 7704.
Page last reviewed and updated: November 21, 2019