IVC Filter Complication Lawsuits

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Inferior Vena Cava filters, also known as IVC filters, are used by physicians to prevent pulmonary embolism in patients where anticoagulants (blood thinners) are not an option or ineffective. A pulmonary embolism (PE)  is a potentially fatal condition in which a blood clot blocks one or more arteries in the lungs. Doctors will surgically implant the device into the inferior vena cava to trap large blood clots, preventing them from reaching the heart and lungs.

These devices have been linked to several, serious complications that injured patients can seek damages for. If you or a loved one has experienced negative side effects after receiving an IVC filter, let us help. Call 800-298-0111 for a free case evaluation with an IVC filter attorney.

What is an IVC Filter?

An IVC filter is a small, metal cage-like device that is designed to stop a traveling blood clot from reaching the lungs. There are two types of IVC filters:

  • Permanent
  • Optional (Retrievable)

Permanent IVC filters have seen a high degree of success since first approved by the FDA in 1979; however, since the early 2000s, retrievable IVC filters have been an option to patients who are at a temporary risk of developing a PE. 

Complications Associated with IVC Filters

IVC filters have been linked to a number of serious side effects regarding to the placement, usage and removal of the device. Complications associated with IVC filters include:

  • Filter fracture
  • Incorrect placement
  • IVC perforation
  • Migration or separation
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Duodenum piercing

Pain associated with IVC complications can affect the abdomen, back, heart and lungs. If you or a loved on experiences any of these symptoms, consult a medical professional immediately. Patients may experience no symptoms when complications arise, which is why it is important to understand your rights if they do.

At Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., our experienced product liability lawyers understand the factors associated with these devices. Call us to learn more about your case.

IVC Filter Bellwether Trials

There are more than 6,000 lawsuits pending in federal court claiming negligence due to design and manufacturing defects, as well as failure to warn patients and negligent misrepresentation. C.R. Bard Inc. and Cook Medical are two product manufacturers facing multidistrict litigation’s (MDL) because of the severe complications patients experienced while using these devices.

C.R. Bard Inc. and Bard Peripheral Vascular Multidistrict Litigation

The MDL -2641 IN RE: Bard IVC Filters Products Liability Litigation currently has more than 3,600 lawsuits pending in the District of Arizona. On March 30, 2018, a Phoenix jury awarded $3.6 million in damages to the plaintiff in the first C. R. Bard IVC bellwether trial, Booker v. Bard, with the next to be followed within weeks. 

Cook Medical Inc. Multidistrict Litigation

The MDL -2570 IN RE: Cook Medical, Inc., IVC Filters Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation is located in the Southern District of Indiana and has more than 3,700 pending lawsuits as of March 2018. A majority of the complaints at the time of consolidation focused on the design of Cook’s IVC filters causing complications. Cook won the first of it’s bellwether trials and are awaiting the rest.

IVC Filter Attorneys

Have you or someone you know experienced severe side effects as a result of using or removing an IVC filter? If so, contact Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., today to receive a free case evaluation by an experienced product liability attorney. Call 800-298-0111 to learn more about how an IVC filter attorney can help you.