IVC Filter Patients May Be Eligible to File A Claim Against CR Bard
The IVC filter may cause life-threatening blockages if it works as intended
Thursday, December 13, 2018 - Since the late 1960's Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters have served the purpose of trapping blood clots in its spider-like wire cage webbing. IVC filters are designed to be permanent, however, the device may need to be removed and cleaned from time to time. The IVC filter is intended to be removed altogether when a doctor feels that the patient no longer needs it.
The IVC filter is placed in the artery leading to right atrium in the heart in patients that are at risk for pulmonary embolism and for one reason or another cannot be treated with blood-thinner medication. This makes the physical removal of blood clots is necessary. The IVC filter traps and holds blood clots in place before they can travel to other smaller blood vessels and caused life-threatening blockages. Theoretically, blood continuing to travel through the artery and over the trapped blood clots will gradually dissolve the clots however this is not always the case and the device has to be physically removed and cleaned. The delicate spindles of IVC filters have been shown to break during the cleaning retrieval process with catastrophic consequences.
When a spindle leg of an IVC filter breaks off a piece of sharp metal is now in the body's vascular system where it can travel to the vital organ of the heart, lungs or any other. Patients that have suffered from a broken IVC filter have filed claims for compensation due to the pain when the spindle becomes lodged in an organ. A broken IVC spindle can puncture the blood vessel or internal organ and cause internal bleeding and potentially death. Even if the IVC filter remains intact the entire device could have migrated to another location rendering it ineffective. Yet another way the IVC filter can malfunction is when it actually is too effective in trapping blood clots causing a catastrophic blockage all by itself.
Fearing the devastating consequences a broken IVC filter can have on a patient's health, the FDA recommended in 2015 that patients have them removed as soon as possible after they were no longer needed and those that were having their filters removed and replaced to reconsider that particular method of treatment. Most doctors who insert an IVC filter, however, may not also be trained in its removal.
CR Bard, the maker of the IVC filter, was recently ordered to pay $3.6 million and the jury award upheld to a Georgia woman who suffered serious injuries from a fractured IVC filter device. Since then, thousands of IVC patient have come forward and filed suit alleging that their IVC filters have failed them in a similar fashion. If you or a loved one have been injured by an IVC filter that has malfunctioned, you should consult with a IVC filter attorney to determine if you qualify to join the thousands that have filed suit against CR Bard for their negligence, seeking monetary compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain, and suffering, and other damages.
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- CR Bard Forced To Compensate Injured IVC Filter Patients | 11/27/2018
- Judge Confirms IVC Filter Malfunction and Punitive Damages Award | 8/31/2018
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