IVC Filter Injury Lawsuits
An inferior vena cava filter (IVC filter) is a commonly prescribed medical device designed to combat blood clots. Many patients are unable to take blood thinning medication for a number of medical reasons, and therefore they have limited options.
IVC filters are surgically-implanted into a patient’s vein(s). These devices have been celebrated as a risk-free and painless alternative for patients who are at risk of blood clots, which can lead to stroke and other serious complications. However, it has been recently discovered that patients who received IVC filters later experienced debilitating pain and serious injuries that could be attributed to the filter. These complications are adverse events and were not expected by physicians or patients.
Since more and more these cases began emerging, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued several warnings to consumers about the health-related risks associated with IVC filters. In fact, the FDA went as far as to say that patients should have the devices removed as soon as the risk of clotting has decreased, citing the increased chances of adverse effects in patients as time goes on. The FDA later amended this warning, instead advising patients to have their IVC filters removed between 29 and 54 days after the implantation procedure.
C.R. Bard and the Cook Group are two of the most popular manufacturers of IVC filters which have harmed consumers, though there are many companies who may be held responsible for manufacturing and marketing these dangerous devices. Regardless of the manufacturer, you may be able to recover significant financial compensation if you have experienced similar side effects to those described above. Consumers across the United States have begun filing claims against these companies in order to recover compensation for their injuries, lost wages, and other damages.
What Does an IVC Filter Do?
The Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) is the largest vein in the body. The main function of the vein is to transport deoxygenated blood to the right side of the heart. An IVC filter is a cone-like device that is placed in the Vena Cana to prevent blood clots from reaching the lungs and the heart.
These devices provide patients who cannot use blood thinners like Pradaxa and Warfarin with an alternative option for reducing clotting and clogging of the veins, which therefore improves blood flow and reduces the chance of other serious health complications, including stroke.
Serious Complications Associated with IVC Filters
There are a number of moderate to serious health effects associated with patients who have had an IVC filter implanted. Some of the more common and more serious adverse effects associated with IVC filters include:
- IVC filter fracture
- Internal bleeding
- Pulmonary Embolism
- Severe pain in the heart, chest, or elsewhere in the body
- Lower limb Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
- Ventricle Tachycardia
- Perforation, puncture or serious damage to the heart lungs, or vena cava
- Hematoma or nerve injury at the puncture site
Timeline History of Retrievable IVC filters
- 2003 IVC is approved by the FDA
- 2003 Medical Experts begin an 8 year study researching the benefits and risks associated with the IVC filter
- 2010 FDA issues statement over concern of IVC filters not being removed after patients have completed treatment. They also release statement regarding the 921 IVC reports that were received. The report can be found here: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm221707.htm
- 328 of the reports involved IVC filter migration
- 146 stated that parts of the Filter detached
- 70 reported that there was perforation to the Inferior Vena Cava
- 56 of the reports had to do with the IVC becoming fractured but not fully breaking
- 2012 The number of IVC filters implanted into patients reached more than 259,000 the market was projected to reach more than 435 million in sales by 2015.
- 2014 FDA releases a warning to manufacturers addressing complications with having IVC filters in for a prolonged period of time. They suggest that filters should be removed 29-54 days after the patients Pulmonary Embolism goes down. That report can be found here.
- 2015: NBC released an investigation on Bard Pharmaceutical’s Revision and G2 Series IVC filters. The investigation revealed that Bard withheld a confidential study that they commissioned. The study was conducted by doctor John Lehmann and was known as the Lehmann Report. The report showed the risks that were associated with the Bard Recover Filter. Use of the filter resulted in more death, filter migration, and filter fracture than all other competing filters. The NBC investigation revealed that Bard continued to sell the Recovery filter until it was replaced by the G2 series 3 years later despite the information that was reveled in the Lehmann report. Later research revealed that the G2 series had similar effects as the Recovery filter. If allowed in court, the Lehman Report will be a significant piece of evidence supporting claims of the company’s negligence. The report can be found here.
*Due to the large number of similar claims made against manufactures of IVC filters nationally, the courts have decided to centralize the cases by consolidating a Multidistrict Lawsuit. Claims against Cookman Medical filters will take place in a courtroom in Indiana while claims against Bard Pharmaceuticals will take place in Arizona.
- 2016: Bellwether trials scheduled to begin in September.
Legal Rights of Patients Injured by IVC Filters
If you or a loved one suffered serious injury – including any of the above-named complications or side effects – as a result of an IVC filter implant, it may be in your best interests to consult with a law firm experienced in handling these types of cases. Our attorneys charge absolutely nothing to review your potential IVC filter claim, and if you decide to hire us you won’t owe anything until your case has been successfully resolved. If we do not recover a settlement or verdict on your behalf, you do not owe anything.
Simply fill out and submit the form on this page to have our attorneys review your case for no charge. Someone from our office will contact you the next business day, and we will explain if and how we believe we can help. The sooner you act, the better your chances of a successful resolution.