Bard IVC filters have been linked to at least 300 injuries and nearly 30 deaths. According to an NBC investigation, C.R. Bard, the medical device manufacturer, knew about the increased risk of filter failure and migration for nearly ten years.
The product liability attorneys at the Arnold Law Firm are investigating claims on behalf of patients seriously injured after having inferior vena cava (IVC) filters surgically implanted.
Although the filters are designed to prevent life-threatening blood clots in the lungs, the devices have allegedly disintegrated and broken into fragments. These small pieces have been known to travel into the heart, lungs and other areas of the body, causing serious injuries.
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The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and other experts have warned that filter fracture and other side effects are more common when the device is left implanted in a patient’s body longer than necessary. The fractured pieces can perforate internal organs and cause life-threatening heart damage.
Life-threatening side effects include:
The people who suffer these complications often require emergency surgery and intensive care. Current IVC filter lawsuits argue that those who have not suffered serious side effects should be compensated with medical monitoring expenses.
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a condition which occurs when blood clots develop in the veins of the leg or pelvis. Large pieces of these blood clots can potentially travel towards the lungs and heart where they can block arteries, causing severe and sometimes fatal complications. IVC filters are designed to be implanted into the veins of patients who are at risk of medical conditions caused by blood clots, such as DVT.
The IVC filters are intended to catch these clots before they break off and travel to a person’s lungs, but some IVC filters have fractured or migrated to other areas of the body. A significant number of patients have reported serious and life-threatening complications.
If you believe your medical conditions were caused by a Bard IVC filter, contact the Arnold Law Firm to determine if you are entitled to file a Bard IVC filter lawsuit. Your initial consultation is free and you do not pay anything unless we obtain compensation for you.
The FDA is actively investigating injuries possibly linked to IVC filters.
In July 2015, the FDA sent a warning letter to manufacturer Bard regarding a number of violations addressing its IVC filters and related devices.
However, the FDA released its first Bard IVC filter warning in 2010, when federal regulators began to detect a pattern in the adverse event reports filed through the agency. The agency noted that it has received more than 900 adverse event reports linked to IVC filters since 2005. In 2014, the FDA issued another warning detailing problems like device migration, filter fracture, device perforation and more. The FDA noted that some of these events may be linked to the devices being implanted for too long.
Officials say Bard began receiving complaints about IVC filter injuries in early
IVC filter lawsuits have been filed against Bard in California, Pennsylvania and Florida. If you have been a victim of this dangerous medical device, contact our IVC filter lawsuit attorneys to determine your legal options.
When a medical device, such as an IVC filter, harms you or a loved one, you need to exercise your legal rights. The first step is to speak with one of our experienced IVC filter lawsuit attorneys who are familiar with the complications arising from these filters. At the Arnold Law Firm, we have been helping injury victims since 1980, and are prepared to help you too.
We will obtain all your medical records, speak with medical device experts and file all the legal proceedings on your behalf so that you may obtain the compensation you deserve.
As hundreds of IVC filter users have alleged injuries, and families alleged that the devices caused the death of a loved one, many IVC filter lawsuits have been filed.
Three products in particular are noted in lawsuits as a source of serious problems:
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