IVC Filter Lawsuits
Update: RPWB is no longer accepting new clients for this litigation.
The defective design of IVC filters – devices meant to temporarily prevent blood clots from traveling to the lungs – is causing some patients to become seriously injured or killed. Metallic fragments can break off and the devices can migrate, causing major complications such as punctured veins and hearts.
At issue are the filters manufactured by two companies, C.R. Bard and Cook. The models affected are: Bard Recovery, Bard G2, Bard G2 Express, Cook Gunther Tulip and Cook Celect.
If you or a loved one has been injured by an IVC Filter, we urge you to contact an attorney as you might have a valid claim against the manufacturer. We are a respected pharmaceutical and medical device law firm that leads nationwide product liability cases. Please contact us for a free case review and to learn about your legal rights.
Federal cases against C.R. Bard have been consolidated as multi-district litigation in the District of Arizona in front of Judge David G. Campbell. Cases against Cook have been consolidated at the federal level in front of Judge Richard L. Young in the Southern District of Indiana.
The first Cook trials are scheduled to begin in early 2017.
In the Bard case, attorneys are still working to select a small group of six cases for trial that are representative of the hundreds that have been filed. We expect that process will be completed and the first trials will have been chosen by early 2017.
Statutes of limitation can impact the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit. We strongly urge you to contact an attorney in a timely manner. RPWB represents people throughout the country who have been harmed as a result of using IVC filters. Please let us know if we can be of assistance.
In 2015, an investigation by NBC News found that Bard continued to promote the use of its Recovery filter for several years even as evidence mounted that the filters suffered from a fatal design flaw. The company hired a crisis public relations firm and retained an outside physician to conduct an internal, confidential study that found higher rates of death, filter fractures and movement than all of its competitors.
Despite all of that, the company continued to sell more than 34,000 Recovery Filters over a three-year period before replacing it with a slightly modified model that still is drawing criticism, NBC News found.
There are two problems with IVC filters like the ones manufactured by Bard and Cook. First, they are only meant to be implanted in a person’s inferior vena cava for a short period of time. Research shows that the majority of patients never have them removed or are unable to have them removed. The longer they are inside the body, the greater the chance they will fail and cause harm.
Secondly, the design of the Cook and Bard filters is especially prone to cause injury. They have prongs that create a cage to trap blood clots. The prongs have a tendency to puncture the veins, and the device may break free and migrate through the body, causing damage to veins, the lungs or heart.
Recent studies have cast serious doubt about the effectiveness of IVC filters to prevent patients from developing pulmonary embolism. In April 2015, a randomized clinical trial published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found no meaningful difference in patient outcomes between people who used IVC filters and those who used other anticoagulant therapies. The study also found that attempts to remove the filters were unsuccessful in more than 6 percent of retrieval attempts.
This came on the heels of another study of 803 trauma patients. The research, published in the Annals of Surgery, found that the implementation of the filters did not affect a patient’s mortality rate and increased the risk of deep vein thrombosis.
RPWB represents people throughout the country who were injured as a result of IVC filters. We lead national lawsuits against the manufacturers of pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices. We have been appointed lead counsel in seven large multi-district litigations and leadership positions in many more. Our attorneys are tenacious, experienced and respected enough to secure the compensation our clients need and deserve. Please contact us to set up a free, no obligation case review and to learn about your legal options.
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