Has your family been harmed by a defective medical device known as a Bard IVC filter? If so, you may be legally entitled to substantial financial recovery via our trusted injury attorneys in Houston.
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IVC Filter Products
Such lawsuits can target the maker of the defective device that’s intended to capture blood clots before they can reach the lungs: C.R. Bard of New Jersey. Bard retrievable IVC filters manufactured by C.R. Bard include:
- Bard Eclipse
- Bard G2 IVC Filter
- Bard Meridian
- Bard Recovery IVC Filter
- Bard G2 Express/G2x Filter
In addition, more IVC filters are produced by alternative manufacturers, such as Cook Medical Inc.
The maker of a defective Bard IVC filter must be held accountable for the horrifying injuries inflicted on innocent Americans who place their trust in the medical device.
What Is a Bard IVC Filter?
As for what is a Bard IVC filter, it’s also known as a temporary inferior vena cava (IVC) filter. Such a filter is designed to prevent blood clots from reaching the patient’s lungs and at that point causing a pulmonary embolism.
These blood clot filters are actually very small wire cages that are implanted in a major blood vessel between the heart and the lower half of the body. These cages have extremely thin wire legs that are able to snare blood clots in the bloodstream before such clots reach the lungs.
The Bard IVC filter is known as a temporary or retrievable filter. It is supposed to be removed from the body after it’s done its job and the risk of a blood clot in the lungs — or a pulmonary embolism — subsides.
However, if the IVC filter is not removed in a timely manner, patients can be subjected to IVC injuries including filter fractures and migrations, blood clots in the body’s lower limbs and perforation of internal organs. Such injuries can be the basis of an IVC filter lawsuit filed by a Bard IVC filter lawyer.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved temporary filters in 2003 and again in 2004. It is these temporary filters that are linked to severe side effects injuries, as opposed to permanent IVC filters.
Who Uses an IVC Filter?
Patients who use an IVC filter include those with an existing high risk of pulmonary embolism but can’t use blood thinners, or anticoagulants. Thus, they need another means to prevent blood clots from reaching the lungs.
Blood Clot Symptoms
One of the worst health conditions which can hit the human body is a blood clot. These clots can block the vital flow of blood and are especially dangerous when they move via the bloodstream to vital organs such as the heart, lungs, and brain.
Blood clots can block blood flow through a vein partially or completely. Tiny blood clots that block blood’s flow only partially can lead to mild blood clot symptoms or even none all, but bigger blood clots that block blood’s flow entirely can produce dangerous if not fatal results.
Blood clots symptoms include warmth or reddish or bluish skin discoloration in an arm or leg. Other blood clot symptoms include pain or swelling in a leg, particularly when standing or walking when the blood clot becomes a DVT or deep vein thrombosis.
In such cases, the clot or thrombus forms in one or more of the deep veins in the body, which include veins in the legs, although pain or swelling can occur in arms as well.
A leg cramp commonly called a “Charley horse” also can be a blood clot symptom. This gives patients the feeling of a pulled muscle. A common Charley horse ends there, but blood clot symptoms also can extend their impact to warmth, swelling or discoloration in the leg.
Blood clots also can be caused by other factors, including:
- Antiphospholipid syndrome
- Heart failure
- Heart attack
- Heart arrhythmias
- Medications such as hormone therapy drugs and oral contraceptives
- Factor V Leiden
- Family history of blood clots
- Peripheral artery disease
- Polycythemia vera
- Sustained bed rest or sitting
FDA Warning About IVC Filters
Bard IVC retrievable filters were first approved by the FDA on the basis of being substantially comparable to filters that had been approved and placed on the market already. That means Bard’s filters did not have any clinical trials involving humans prior to their approval.
After their approval and entering the market, IVC filter complications and side effects soon became apparent — and were acknowledged by the FDA, which issued an FDA safety warning about IVC filters in August 2010.
This came after 921 reports of adverse events with IVC filters were sent to the FDA. Among these adverse events were 56 involving filter fracture, 328 involved device migration, 70 involving IVC perforation, 56 involving filter fracture and 146 involving detachment of the device components.
According to the FDA, a number of these adverse events were related to the retrievable filter remaining in the body for longer than was needed when a pulmonary embolism risk was lowered. Such filters are meant to be removed.
The FDA advised physicians to remove IVC filters as readily as possible when a pulmonary embolism risk had subsided.
The FDA also declared that IVC filters were associated with such long-term dangers as filter fracture, lower limb DVT, or deep vein thrombosis, filter migration, IVC perforation, and filter embolization.
Bard IVC Filter Lawsuits
Injuries inflicted by defective filters can be the basis of Bard IVC filter lawsuits. Indeed, such lawsuits already have begun, targeting the manufacturer for negligent misrepresentation of its products, for failing to warn patients of their dangers and for manufacturing a defective device.
Which Bard products are among those involved in IVC filter lawsuits? Among them are the Bard G2 filter, the Bard Recovery filter, and the Bard G2 Express filter.
In 2005, Bard yanked its Recovery IVC filter from the market, but that doesn’t mean many patients don’t still have the defective device in their bodies. Such patients may be eligible for a Bard IVC filter lawyer despite the fact that the device was discontinued by Bard.
Already, a Bard lawsuit filed in 2013 by an Illinois man asserted that his Bard Recovery IVC filter had migrated to his heart, which meant he had to have emergency open-heart surgery. Other Bard lawsuits also have been filed, including one which led to a confidential settlement by Bard after another man who had to have open-heart surgery.
Beyond that, 22 lawsuits against C.R. Bard IVC filters were centralized in August of 2015 by federal judges for multidistrict litigation in an Arizona federal court.
If you want to pursue a lawsuit, talk to a Bard IVC Filter Lawyer, from the Willis Law Firm immediately. We’ll begin by providing you with a free legal consultation. You may be entitled to substantial payments for your losses.