For hundreds of thousands of patients at risk for pulmonary embolism, Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters promised an alternative to anti-coagulant medication. The filters were designed to catch blood clots before they enter the lungs and allow them to break down over time. The devices were designed to be permanent – except that they had a tendency to tilt, break apart, migrate around the body, embed in unwanted places, and injure other organs.
There are now more than 9,000 IVC filter lawsuits pending against device manufacturers. Rutter Mills offers patients suffering IVC filter complications and their families free consultations and legal representation on a contingency basis – meaning we only get paid if you win compensation.
IVC Filter Side Effects, Adverse Events, and Complications
Symptoms associated with IVC filter failure include:
- Chest pain
- Leg swelling
- Rapid heart
rate of breath Shortness
According to the FDA, more than 900 adverse events have been reported in their database. Bard filters alone have resulted in at least 300 injuries and 39 deaths. Device migration is the most common complication, followed by device embolization, perforation of the Inferior Vena Cava, and filter fracture. Patients have reported perforation of the heart and lungs. Blood and excess fluid have accumulated around the heart, causing disturbances in heart rhythm. Patients have had filters clogged by blood clots and developed life-threatening infections.
In 2010, the FDA informed doctors of the risk for device fracture or migration, recommending filter removal as soon as the risk for embolism had passed. In 2014, they updated their recommendation, advising doctors to remove the filters 29-54 days after implantation. Device retrieval can be complex once complications have occurred — often requiring multiple surgeries with varying degrees of success.
IVC Filter Manufacturers
Multiple manufacturers and
models are under fire for design defects and involved in IVC filter lawsuits,
- Bard Recovery filter
- Bard G2 filter
- Bard G2 Express filter
- Bard Eclipse
- Bard Meridian
- Bard Denali
- Cook Gunther Tulip filter
- Cook Celect filter
- Cordis OptEase filter
- Cordis TrapEase filter
Additional IVC filter lawsuits have been filed against Argon, B. Braun, Boston Scientific, and Rex Medical.
IVC Filter Lawsuit Settlements & Jury Awards
There is sufficient evidence that IVC filter manufacturers knew of failure rates and safety risks in the design of their products long ago, but continued to sell them in order to make a profit. Independent studies identified failure rates as high as 37.5%, while internal testing maintained that the failure rate was zero.
The first IVC filter lawsuit was filed against Bard in Pennsylvania in 2012, with additional lawsuits following in California. By 2014, MDL 2570 consolidated similar cases in the Southern District of Indiana. MDL 2641 consolidated individual lawsuits against Bard in Arizona. In 2015, midway through trial, Bard opted to settle with plaintiff Kevin Philips, who required open heart surgery after a device he’d had implanted for five years broke apart.
Since then, there have been several other jury awards:
- $2.6 million Arizona verdict against Bard for complications resulting in open heart surgery (2018)
- $3.6 million Arizona verdict against Bard after a woman’s IVC filter broke apart in her body (2018)
- $1.2 million Texas verdict against Cook after a firefighter suffered blood vessel and organ perforation (2018)
- $3 million Indiana verdict against Cook for a woman who pulled broken filter pieces out of her thigh (2019)
Is There an IVC Filter Class Action Lawsuit?
While there are a number of IVC filter class action lawsuits pending in California, Florida, and Pennsylvania, getting involved with one of the Multi-District Litigations (MDLs) is considered preferable. An IVC filter class action lawsuit may force plaintiffs to accept lower settlements, while simultaneously costing higher attorney fees. With MDL lawsuits, the common discoveries and facts are streamlined, resulting in lower litigation costs, but your case is still heard individually, based on its own merits.
Do You Need an IVC Filter Lawsuit Lawyer?
If you or a loved one have suffered injury from an IVC filter, you may be eligible for compensation to cover past, present, and future medical expenses; lost wages and earning capacity; emotional pain and suffering; and, in the worst cases, wrongful death/funeral/burial expenses. A lawyer can make sure you connect with the best medical care providers in your area while taking care of your best interests in court against well-heeled defenders.
Rutter Mills is a leading Virginia-based law firm representing IVC filter lawsuit filings nationwide. We’re considered among America’s top 100
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