Bard IVC filters were designed to save lives. But instead, they are putting thousands of Americans at risk. Many patients are walking around with Bard IVC filters and do not know that they could be deadly.
If you or a loved one have a Bard IVC filter implanted and has suffered an adverse side effect due to the implant, you may be entitled to substantial compensation.
What is an IVC Filter?
Surgery or extensive injuries can put a patient at high risk for blood clots. As a precaution, the patient is traditionally treated with blood thinners to prevent the blood from clotting.
Alternatively, doctors may choose to treat a patient with an IVC filter to avoid the unwanted side effects of uncontrolled bleeding and birth defects that are associated with blood thinners.
IVC filters are small metal traps that are placed in the inferior vena cava (the largest vein in the body) to block blood clots before they can reach the heart and lungs where they could be fatal.
However, pieces from an IVC filter can break off, travel through the body, and pierce the walls of the blood vessel or other organs. This can result in serious life-threatening complications for the patient, including:
- Perforation of the heart or lung;
- Pulmonary embolisms;
- Internal bleeding; and even
Lawsuits against C.R. Bard, one of the 11 manufacturers of IVC filters in the U.S., allege that the company knew that there were potentially fatal risks associated with the use of its IVC filters but withheld this information from the public.
The FDA has notified the public that Bard was warned for failing to notify the FDA of life-threatening device malfunctions associated with the use of its IVC filters.
The FDA also specifically noted that Bard misfiled consumer complaints, including reported patient deaths and developed the IVC retrieval device known as the Recovery Cone Removal System without FDA approval.
Since 2005, there have been in excess of 1000 adverse events associated with IVC filters that have been reported to the FDA. Despite this and the FDA warning, sales of the medical devices continue.
Compensation is Available: Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
Did you or a loved one have a Bard IVC filter or similar product implanted to prevent blood clots from reaching your heart or lungs?
Did you have health problems after the IVC filter was implanted or did it make your condition worse?
Were you hospitalized after your IVC filter was implanted?
If yes, you may qualify to file a claim for a substantial cash settlement. To find out if you are eligible, contact an experienced personal injury attorney. The law limits the amount time you have to pursue a claim, so contact an attorney today.