IVC Filter Defect & Injury Attorneys
IVC filters were designed for patients as an alternative to blood thinners for the treatment of blood clots and work by trapping the clots before they can enter the lungs or heart. Unfortunately, like many other medical devices that are rushed to market, these devices have harmed many of the patients they were meant to help. Companies that manufacture harmful products are required to provide financial compensation to anyone who is injured as a result of their use.
The IVC filter defect attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represent clients who have been injured due to medical device design flaws and stand ready to assist you with any questions you may have about your device or what your legal rights may be. We are also capable of providing information to you about pending IVC filter complication lawsuits involving various IVC filter manufacturers including C.R. Bard and Cook Medical. Contact our office now for a free case review.
How IVC Filters Work
Untreated blood clots are dangerous because when they move into the lungs, heart or brain, they can cause serious injuries which include stroke, deep vein thrombosis, heart failure, and pulmonary embolism. An IVC filter is inserted into the body via the inferior vena cava and acts as a net designed to capture any clots before they can do serious harm.
Once blood clots are caught in these devices, they break up and disappear over time. They were marketed as a suitable alternative to blood-thinning medications and for patients who developed clots regardless of any other preventative measure or treatment.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is committed to holding IVC filter manufacturers accountable when their defective devices cause serious injury or death. Our experienced IVC filter lawyers can assist you with your legal claim via a product liability lawsuit against the device manufacturer or joining a pending class action or multidistrict litigation case.
Product Defects Attorneys Explain What Went Wrong With Most IVC FiltersThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began fielding adverse event reports in 2005 from hundreds of patients claiming adverse health events and fatal injuries and as more complaints began to surface, the FDA eventually released a warning letter citing all of the risks associated with the devices.
Concerns over the retrievable ivc filters included the perforation of organs, damage to major blood vessels, fracturing of the filter and the movement of the filter from its original location to other areas of the body. This warning resulted in a sea of litigation as hundreds of patients came forward with claims that the implantation of the devices caused them severe injury.
There are three popular brands of IVC filters that have received the most legal attention, all of which are manufactured by C.R Bard and Cook Group. The brands are the Bard Recovery filter, Bard G2 filter, and Bard G2 Express filter. Plaintiffs in ongoing class-action lawsuits have claimed that C.R Bard failed to provide adequate warnings to patients about the risks associated with their filters, that the products contained design defects and that C.R Bard made erroneous claims about the products.
Over 900 Reports of Injuries Reported in Patient With IVC FiltersFrom the period between 2005 when the FDA received its first reports of adverse events until 2010, there were over 900 reported injuries that could be linked to the use of defective IVC filters. The serious injuries that were reported include but were not limited to the following.
- The perforation of nearby organs. Organ perforation is the laceration of an organ from the inside and can result in internal bleeding, infection and other serious complications that are dependent on the organ which has been injured.
- Device migration. The purpose of the IVC filter is to remain in place and separate blood clots from the bloodstream. This cannot be accomplished when the device itself becomes detached and travels to another location where it could become embedded and cause injuries to internal organs.
- Filter fracture. When the filter fractures, pieces of the device move through the blood and eventually embed themselves in tissue, blood vessels or organs and can cause perforations and other complications. In one instance, the piece of a fractured filter traveled to the victim’s heart and emergency open-heart surgery was required to repair the laceration.
How Current IVC Litigation Affects You:: IVC Defect Lawyers Ready to Assist YouThe IVC filter attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC are monitoring ongoing cases as they could set the tone for cases in the future. The latest development in the growing mass tort against the makers of these devices was a settlement in February of 2015 in which C.R Bard came to an out of court agreement with the plaintiff only 10 days after the commencement of the trial.
Numerous defective product lawsuits are still underway in state and federal courts across the country. To learn more about the status of these cases and for a free consultation of your own case, contact us today and we will evaluate the details of your injury or wrongful death case while going over all of your legal options together to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages and medical care.
All of our IVC filter lawsuits are handled on a contingency fee basis where we only charge a legal fee when we are successful in obtaining a financial recovery for you. Contact our law firm today to learn more.
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