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Bard IVC Filter Lawsuit

Our San Antonio, TX Attorneys Want to Hear from You If You Were Injured

An Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filter is a medical device designed to be inserted surgically into the vena cava, a large vein that brings deoxygenated blood from the lower body into the heart. The IVC filter, a tiny, umbrella skein-like device, captures blood clots to stop them from reaching the lungs and causing a pulmonary embolism (PE). Doctors use IVC filters to treat patients at risk for PE who cannot be treated with anticoagulant drugs.

In 2010, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) warned that retrievable filters, a type of IVC filter intended to be removed once the risk of PE subsides, pose significant health risks. In 2014, the FDA stated that most devices need to be removed 29 to 54 days after implantation. Unfortunately, those warnings came late for many patients, as the filters caused serious injury or death in hundreds of cases. Our attorneys currently are reviewing potential cases involving this defective medical device.

If left in the body for too long, IVC filters can fracture, move away from the vena cava, puncture blood vessels and perforate internal organs. Patients have suffered all of the following complications:

  • Heart Damage
  • Lung Damage
  • Internal Bleeding
  • Cardiac or Pericardial Tamponade
  • Ventricle Tachycardia
  • Nerve Injury
  • Severe Pain
  • Lower Limb Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Infection
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Death

Litigation Concerning IVC Filters

IVC lawsuits center on two manufacturers: C.R. Bard and Cook Medical. Five filters in particular are considered a source of injury:

  • Bard Recovery
  • Bard G2
  • Bard G2 Express
  • Cook Gunther Tulip
  • Cool Celect

Various lawsuits have claimed several types of negligence on the part of Bard and Cook, including design and manufacturing defects, failure to warn consumers of the dangers of these devices and misrepresentation on the part of subsidiaries and the companies themselves. Lawsuits have also charged Bard and Cook with a breach of implied warranty; that is, consumers could reasonably expect the devices to be safe when used for their intended purpose, when in fact they are not.

IVC lawsuits filed against Bard in Florida, Pennsylvania and California courts allege that Bard knew, or should have known, that their products had potentially dangerous side effects and failed to adequately warn consumers of those dangers.

In addition to damages for patients who have been injured by IVC filters, plaintiffs are seeking compensation for ongoing monitoring for patients who have IVC filters implanted already. These patients need to be monitored to make sure their implanted filters have not fractured or embolized. As some 100,000 Bard IVC filters are currently implanted in patients across the United States, the amount of monitoring that would be required is substantial.

At The Herrera Law Firm, we have decades of experience holding manufacturers accountable for faulty medical products. Our attorneys have the expertise, commitment and resources to get the justice you deserve. If you or a loved one have been injured by a Bard or Cook IVC filter, call our law firm at 1-800-455-1054 for a free consultation.