Linked to nearly 30 deaths and at least 300 injuries, the Food & Drug Administration has issued a warning that IVC filters may:
- Migrate/move to the brain, lungs or heart
- Puncture veins and internal organs
- Break into pieces
In more serious cases, the devices may puncture the Inferior Vena Cava, or IVC, a large vein that carries blood to the heart.
If you or a loved one suffered medical complications after your IVC filter broke apart, punctured veins or bodily organs, or migrated after it was implanted, you may be entitled to file an IVC filter lawsuit and obtain compensation for your pain and suffering.
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What Are The Side Effects of a Bard IVC Filter?
There are many risks and complications affiliated with Bard IVC filters. Among them, could be a trip to your local emergency room because you cannot breathe or you are having chest pain.
Other known side effects and complications include:
- Perforation of vessels, tissues, and organs
- Chronic pain
- Respiratory issues
- Hematoma at the puncture site
- Ventricular tachycardia
If you think you could be suffering from a Bard IVC filter complication, get immediate medical attention. Side effects require removal of the filter, along with metal splinters or pieces that may have fractured off the device. If you suffered any of the above side effects, contact an experienced attorney to determine if you are entitled to file an IVC filter lawsuit.
FDA Issues Advisory
Since 2005, the FDA has received 921 adverse event reports involving IVC filters. The FDA released an advisory to doctors and clinicians during the summer of 2010.
The advisory warned physicians about IVC filters and asked doctors to consider the device's benefits and risks prior to use in patients.
The following are some of the adverse events:
- 70 IVC perforations
- 328 device migrations
- 56 Filter fractures
- 146 embolization or detachments of the device components
Patients, who no longer need these filters in place because their risk of pulmonary embolism is gone should have their filters removed, according to the FDA. In 2015, the FDA issued a warning letter that C.R. Bard's locations in New York and Arizona misfiled consumer complaints, including the report of a patient death. The company also manufactured the recovery cone removal system, used to retrieve IVC filters, without the required clearance or approval and failed to inform the agency of device malfunctions.
If your medical complications were caused by a Bard IVC filter, you may be entitled to file a claim for damages.
Bard Recovery and G2 Filters
Placed in the Inferior Vena Cava, Bard IVC filters prevent blood clots that may travel to the heart, lungs or brain from forming. Most of these filters are retrievable and are not designed to be left in the body indefinitely.
Since 2005, the FDA has received 921 device adverse event reports involving IVC filters.
However, some filters often remain in place until they fall apart in the form of metal pieces or splinters. These metal pieces can wreak havoc and cause serious injuries or even death.
Lawsuits targeting Bard and its subsidiary companies have been filed and include allegations of design and manufacturing defects, negligent misrepresentation, breach of implied warranty, negligence and failure to warn.
Some IVC filter types include the Bard Recovery and G2 IVC filters, which are manufactured by C.R. Bard and Cook Group Inc.
Contact an IVC Filter Lawsuit Attorney
If you or a loved on has suffered from any of the above IVC filter complications or side effects, you may be able to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages related to the dangerous medical device through an IVC filter lawsuit.
For immediate help from the team of experienced class action lawyers at Gordon & Doner, contact us for a FREE, no obligation consultation.
Our legal team has decades of experience and will work quickly to obtain the maximum amount of compensation for your IVC filter lawsuit.