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IVC Filter Lawsuits

medical-563427_640Everything You Need to Know About IVC Filter Lawsuits

IVC filters are devices designed to capture and neutralize blood clots before they enter the lungs. In recent months, the manufacturer of IVC filters has faced lawsuits due to health complications related from manufacturing problems.

Specifically, plaintiffs claim that IVC filters have been poorly designed and poorly manufactured. The manufacturer has also failed to warn users of the risks. Some of the health problems associated with IVC filters include faulty filters that punctured veins then fractured and migrated to other parts of the body, causing health complications.

What is an IVC Filter?

“IVC” stands for inferior vena cava. The IVC filter is a retrievable device that captures blood clots before they enter the lungs.

The devices are made by two main manufacturers, including C.R. Bard and Cook Medical. These companies make IVC filters under brand names like “The Bard Recovery” and “The Cook Gunther Tulip” filter.

What Are the Serious Concerns About IVC Filters?

IVC filter problems have become so serious that the FDA took action against the devices in 2010, warning Americans that the filters posed risks of filter fracture, device migration, and organ perforation. The FDA warned that the devices should be removed immediately after a patient’s blood clot risk has subsided.

In 2014, the FDA issued another statement stating that IVC filters should be removed between the 29th and 54th day after they were first implanted.

Unfortunately, the FDA warnings came too late for some patients. Americans have begun filing lawsuits against the IVC filter manufacturer claiming the devices have been responsible for everything from internal injuries to death.

Side Effects of IVC Filters

-Heart problems: One plaintiff, Lisa Davis, sued Bard after an IVC filter implanted in 2006 migrated to her heart in 2008, leading to ongoing heart problems. Davis must take blood thinners for the rest of her life.

-Lung Damage: Another plaintiff, Kelly Vlasvich, filed a lawsuit after an IVC filter migrated to various parts of her body, causing damage to her heart and lungs. This led to disfigurement, impairment, suffering, and pain according to the lawsuit.

-Loss of Consciousness: One plaintiff named Larry Johnson received an IVC filter after knee surgery in 2010. That filter fractured and migrated to Mr. Johnson’s heart in 2014. Later, Mr. Johnson lost consciousness while driving and underwent three surgeries as a result.

Making these side effects worse is that the IVC filters are extremely difficult to remove. One study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) showed that out of 680 patients who had received retrievable IVC filters, doctors were only able to successfully remove 58 of the filters.

How to Proceed with an IVC Filter Lawsuit

An IVC filter lawsuit can help you or a loved one get deserved compensation.

A leaked report from 2004 (the infamous “Lehmann” report) shows that one IVC filter manufacturer (Bard) knew about the higher risk of complications in its filters for over a decade but declined to take appropriate action.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of an IVC filter, then you may be owed compensation under U.S. law. To get in touch with IVC filter specialists, call Johnson & Biscone today at 405-232-6490 for your free consultation and discover the best way to proceed with your IVC filter lawsuit.