Lawsuits Filed Across Wide Variety of IVC Filter Manufacturers
IVC filter manufacturers are being sued by thousands of patients
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - The Inferior Vena Cava Filter, (IVC) is a medical device that is inserted into the major artery leading to the lungs and is designed to catch blood clots before they reach the vital organ. Blood clots that land in the lungs can cause serious injury or death from pulmonary embolism. The IVC Filter device is used mostly in patients that for one reason or another do not benefit from blood thinning medications.
Most IVC filters follow the same or substantially similar design and the malfunctions of the devices are similar as well. More than 5000 lawsuits have been filed not only against CR Bard but also against other IVC Filter manufacturers. Plaintiffs have filed suit against Cordis, Cook Medical, Boston Scientific and others for their negligence in bringing a faulty medical device to market. IVC filter lawsuits are represented by experienced national attorneys.
According to the Daily Hornet, a group of 27 women has recently joined together to file suit against Cordis Inc. for the damages that their TrapEase or OptEase Vena Cava Filters have caused. In some patients, the IVC filter cannot be retrieved because it has become encased in scar tissue and embedded in the artery's underlying tissues. Attempting to surgically remove the device could require re-routing the blood supply to the lungs, a surgery so dangerous that few surgeons dare attempt it. The patient is then left with a device implanted that has trapped and continues to trap blood clots until it itself becomes a dangerous blockage.
Other times the spider-like legs of the IVC filter can break and perforate the vena cava wall, and migrate to other areas of the body and lacerate or puncture whatever organ it comes in contact with. As with other cases, retrieval is extremely complicated as the spindles could be in many different parts of the body. One can only imagine the life-threatening complications that could be brought upon an unsuspecting patient when multiple spindles head off within the body in a different direction. Vital organs such as the lungs, kidneys, and heart could be stabbed by the sharp metal spears of the faulty IVC filter medical device. An incredibly high percentage of IVC Filters fail to one degree or another causing severe pain and sometimes life-threatening complications. In addition, upwards of 10% of IVC filters fail in their mission to trap blood clots. The National Institute of Health has found that complications are found in around 11% of IVC filter patients. The NIH reports significant IVC filter migration due to the device being undersized for the individual patient's vena cava.
Due to a large number of adverse event reports registered with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the agency has recommended that doctors seriously consider removing the device from patients if safe and practical. In 2015 the FDA recommended in the removal of the device as soon as they were no longer needed and that doctors should consider other methods of treatment. Unfortunately, doctors that are trained in the insertions of the device are seldom willing to risk removing the device.
More Recent IVC Filter Lawsuit News:
- Patients With IVC Filters Should Contact Their Physicians Immediately | 12/21/2018
- IVC Filter Patients May Be Eligible to File A Claim Against CR Bard | 12/13/2018
- IVC Filter Manufacturers Profit When Patients Misinformed | 12/10/2018
- IVC Filter Litigation is Growing Every Day | 12/7/2018
- Doctors May Be Neglecting IVC Filter Device Patients | 12/4/2018
- CR Bard Forced To Compensate Injured IVC Filter Patients | 11/27/2018
- Judge Confirms IVC Filter Malfunction and Punitive Damages Award | 8/31/2018
- Bellwether Trials Underway For Bard IVC Filters | 8/29/2018
- The Bard IVC Filter May Not Have Been Adequately Tested | 8/27/2018
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