Bard IVC Filter Lawsuit FAQ
Answers to the Most Common Bard IVC Filter Lawsuit Questions
This page features questions and answers compiled by attorneys handling national IVC filter lawsuit claims. These questions are among those we field most often and apply to most claims. To ask questions of an experienced attorney directly, please complete the brief contact form and an experienced medical device attorney will contact you to learn about your situation and answers your questions as definitively as possible.
Who can make a Bard IVC filter claim or file an IVC filter injury lawsuit?
A person or family member of a person who suffered from serious IVC filter complications may file a claim or pursue litigation against Bard.
Does it cost anything for you to review my case?
We will always listen to your circumstances and give you our analysis of your case without any cost or further obligation.
How much will it cost to file a Bard IVC filter lawsuit?
Our attorneys provide representation to all persons involved in Bard IVC filter lawsuits on a contingency basis, meaning there are never any legal fees unless we win compensation in your case. For a free no-obligation consultation please fill out our short online contact form and one of our lawyers for Bard IVC filter lawsuits will contact you to provide a free consultation and answer your questions as thoroughly as possible.
What are the most serious IVC filter complications?
According to adverse event reports and the FDA IVC Filter Warning, complications caused by fragmentation, migration and extrusion of the device are most common. Serious heart and lung conditions requiring major surgery and/or resulting in death such as organ perforation, outflow blockage, tamponade, and heart failure are potential outcomes of Bard IVC filter complications.
Who is at risk for Bard IVC filter heart and lung complications?
Anyone who had a Bard IVC filter implanted that is not promptly removed faces a risk for IVC filter complications. The metal struts, or legs, or the device can fracture or break off, migrating to other locations and puncturing vital organs such as the heart and lungs. The longer a Bard IVC filter remains implanted, the more likely the risk of complications, according to research.
What is contained within the FDA Bard IVC filter warning?
In 2010, the FDA reported it had received over 900 adverse event reports related to heart and lung injuries caused by the failure of Bard inferior vena cava filters. In 2015, the FDA released a second warning, stating that after only 4-6 weeks, the risks of the filter began to outweigh its potential benefits. Medical professionals have been advised to remove the filter promptly and to report adverse events to the agency. Federal regulators are overseeing the PRESERVE study and 522 postmarket clinical studies to gather more information about Bard IVC filter risks and complications.
Do the benefits of Bard IVC filters outweigh their risks?
For very short term use, the FDA believes the benefits of the filters outweigh their complications. However, after a period of only 4-6 weeks, the devices become prone to breakage or failure. Studies show that the majority of Bard IVC filters are never removed.
How long have the risks of Bard IVC filter complications, injuries and death been known?
Bard retrievable filters were approved by the FDA in 2002, and evidence shows that Bard officials received the first reports of IVC filter heart and lung problems in early 2004. However, it was not until 2010 – when the FDA released its first Bard IVC filter warning – that the public became aware of the risk of serious IVC filter complications. IVC filter lawsuits blame Bard for failing to notify federal regulators or the public of the risks of device fragmentation, breakage, erosion, migration and extrusion and the resulting injuries to internal organs.
Aren't most drug and products liability lawsuits just class action lawsuits where the plaintiff receives very little money?
The majority of our drug cases are handled as a MDL, or Multi-District Litigation, where each plaintiff receives a settlement based upon the individual injuries and damages incurred by each plaintiff.
We're not the type of people who sue; do we really need to file a lawsuit?
If a member of your family suffered a serious injury or health problem as a result of a defective product or dangerous drug, long-term, or even life-long, medical care may be required. This could be incredibly expensive and since medical costs are continually rising may be largely unknown at the time of settlement or trial. If a member of your family died due to a defective product or dangerous drug, no amount of money can undo that wrong. It is our fervent hope that every defective products, drug or other medication lawsuit we file can serve to make the manufacturer take note of the loss and pain its product has caused. When that fails to make a company take action in the form of a product recall, greater warnings about its use and ultimately making safer products, we rely on their profit motivation to make them do the right thing. Unfortunately, in all too many cases it is only the fear of lawsuits and large settlements and verdicts that makes a company become a better corporate citizen.
How much time do I have to file a Bard IVC filter lawsuit for tamponade, perforation of the inferior vena cava, organ damage or other IVC filter complications?
Most states have IVC filter lawsuit time limits; however, the majority of all persons having suffered from defective IVC filters will fall within those time limits if they contact an attorney in the near future. For specific time limits for your claim, please fill out the form at right and one of our attorneys will contact you as quickly as possible, usually within the hour.