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Inferior vena cava (IVC) blood clot filters look like small metal cages. They are inserted in patients to catch blood clots and prevent pulmonary embolism, or a blood clot in the lungs.
Some IVC filters are permanent. Others are retrievable and designed to be removed once the threat of a pulmonary embolism passes. Concerns surround risks posed by retrievable IVC filters.
The most common manufacturer of IVC filters are C.R. Bard and Cook Medical. The Bard Recovery IVC filter is a retrievable device. It was replaced by the G2 IVC filter. A study published in 2010 in JAMA Internal Medicine found that these devices have “high prevalences of fracture and embolization, with potentially life-threatening” consequences.
The FDA states that it has received “reports of adverse events and product problems” involving retrievable IVC filters. Those problems include device fractures, migration, IVC perforation and difficulty with removing the device. These problems may stem from the devices remaining too long inside patients.
If you or a loved one has been treated with a retrievable IVC blood clot filter manufactured by Bard or another medical device company, you should be aware of potential risks.
A defective IVC filter may lead to potentially life-threatening complications and require costly surgery to remove. A patient may experience pain and a great deal of stress and anxiety as well.
The lawyers of Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC, are ready to help if you believe you or a loved one has been impacted by a faulty IVC filter.
You should know that all Bard IVC filter lawsuits filed in federal courts have been centralized in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona (MDL No. 2641).
This is because patients across the country have filed claims alleging that defects in the design of Bard retrievable IVC filters make them prone to fracture, migrate, tilt or perforate the IVC and cause injuries. Centralization helps to cut the time and costs involved in litigation.
If you would like to learn more about your own legal rights and options, contact us today. Our consultations are free and confidential. We can get started right away.
The legal team of Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC, has the skill, experience and resources to stand up for those harmed by dangerous IVC blood clot filters.
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that retrievable IVC blood filters can fracture inside patients. The metal fragments may migrate to the lungs or other organs, perforate the inferior vena cava or become embedded in tissue, the FDA states.
As a result, patients may suffer severe pain, bleeding and other potentially life-threatening harm. They may need surgery to remove the device and fragments.
Our lawyers are committed to seeking justice for patients and families whose lives may have been impacted by retrievable IVC filters manufactured by C.R. Bard and other medical device companies.
Defective IVC blood clot filter lawsuits are now being filed in courts in West Virginia and across the country. Contact us today to discuss your case. We can provide a free and confidential consultation. We will explain your legal options and discuss how we can help you to pursue just compensation.
We are here to assist the injured pursue justice and fight for the maximum in compensation. Call our firm today or use our online form for a free case consultation.