IVC Filter News & Info

A lawsuit against Bard alleges that the company knew of the risks associated with the failure rate of their IVC filters, but chose not to warn patients or doctors about the dangers. Unfortunately, this calculated move led to the deaths and severe injuries of hundreds of people. This latest lawsuit is just one of many – in fact, a federal judge recently consolidated a majority of IVC filter suits against Bard.

It’s no wonder the company is in such legal hot water. Their IVC filter fails at a high rate, and when it does, it presents life-threatening risks. The filter has been known to tilt, break and even dislodge from its original placement. Once the sharp pieces of the filter are broken, they often pierce internal organs and fail to prevent pulmonary embolism, the exact reason the patient had the device installed in the first place.

The woman who has filed the most recent suit against Bard lost her husband due to the IVC filter failing in this way. When the device tilted, it perforated his inferior vena cava. This device failure resulted in the death of her husband. The woman and her lawyers allege that Bard knew of their product’s risks but purposefully concealed them.

At minimum, we expect our healthcare providers – be it doctors, pharmaceutical companies or medical device manufacturers – to look out for our safety. Providing patients with filters known to be hazardous is not just callous, it’s downright cruel.

IVC Filter Injury Lawsuits

The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC are currently investigating cases related to IVC filter complications that led to serious injury, or the death of a loved one. If you would like to setup a free consultation with our office to discuss your situation, contact us at 877-544-5323.

When a medical device fails, there are untold consequences. In the short term, there can be health issues and immediate need for treatment. In the long term, it can mean loss of income and a decrease in quality of life. IVC filters are designed to prevent blood clots but two brands of the filters have been doing more harm than good. There are 56 lawsuits currently awaiting trial against Bard, while Cook Medical is facing more than 100. Judges have recently consolidated the various lawsuits into multi-district litigation. The consolidation of multiple lawsuits is an acknowledgment of the similarities between the cases.

In both brands of the failing IVC filters, the devices have been known to break apart inside the patient’s body. They can also migrate within the body, potentially piercing internal organs. IVC filters do important jobs: they prevent blood clots and pulmonary embolism. But if the device can’t work correctly, and in fact does more harm than good, then patients and doctors alike need to be made aware.

As more lawsuits pile up by the day, Bard and Cook Medical will have to face their consumers in court. Bard recently argued that their IVC filters were FDA approved and provided “significant benefits” for patients, LAS.com reports. Considering the deaths and severe injuries caused by the device, patients and their lawyers will argue otherwise.

If you or a loved one has had an IVC filter implanted, speak to your doctor about how long the device needs to stay in. As soon as you are out of the pulmonary embolism woods, experts say the filter should be removed before it can malfunction and do long term damage. Of course, consult with your doctor about any concerns that you may have.

IVC Filter Injury Lawsuits – Get Help Now.

The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC are currently investigating cases related to IVC filter complications, or the death of a loved one. If you would like to setup a free consultation with our office to discuss your situation, contact us at 877-544-5323.

We live in a rapidly changing world, with new technologies emerging from the medical field seemingly daily. These procedures and devices are exciting and often life changing for millions around the world. When a medical device fails, however, one has to wonder: is the new technology doing more harm than good?

The Bard IVC filter was designed to break up blood clots and prevent pulmonary embolism from occurring. Indeed, the product (and others like it) have undoubtedly saved many lives. Tragically, however, many lives have been put at risk or even cut short by the same device that was meant to protect and save them. IVC filters have been known to perforate and break loose inside the body. Once loose, these sharp pieces of metal can pierce the arterial wall and even internal organs.

Bard isn’t the only company creating dangerous IVC filters. Cook Group Inc.’s filter was found to fail 100 percent of the time after just 71 days of use. The Food and Drug Administration has updated their recommendation of the product, warning physicians to remove the filter as soon as possible – and once the 54 day window of pulmonary embolism risk has passed.

As lawsuits against these companies pile up, more people are coming forward with their concerns about the filters. One regulator even warned the FDA about the way Bard handled the safety trials of their Recovery Filter. Her reservations were clearly not taken seriously enough, and now the company will have to take responsibility for the pain they’ve caused.

IVC Filter Injury Lawsuits – Get Help Now

The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC are currently investigating cases related to IVC filter complications that lead to serious injury or the death of a loved one. If you would like to setup a free consultation with our office to discuss your situation, contact us at 877-544-5323.

The eyes of the medical community are on the lawyers and judge involved in the federal Bard IVC filter lawsuits. The lawsuits, which claim that the medical device can break and travel inside patients’ bodies, were recently consolidated for multidistrict litigation. This often happens when there are many of the same kind of claims being brought against a single business. These current cases are far from the last IVC filter suits that will likely be filed against Bard and other companies. Experts predict that there will likely be hundreds more claims filed because of the medical device malfunctioning.

IVC filters are designed to prevent blood from clotting in the lungs. When working properly, IVC filters are very useful and potentially life saving devices. Unfortunately, when they malfunction, the Bard IVC filters have been known to break apart and pierce patients internally. Too often, this occurs because the device is left in longer than is necessary to ward off pulmonary embolisms.

Five years ago, the Food and Drug Administration issued an official warning about the potential dangers associated with Bard’s IVC filter. They indicated that they had received hundreds of complaints about the device malfunctioning, breaking apart and travelling internally. Last year, the FDA advised doctors to limit the time they keep the IVC filters inside their patients. The warning is telling – it seems doctors weren’t warned of the potential for injury and complications, nor about the importance of retrieving the filter in a timely fashion.

As more awareness is raised about these suits, we expect to see even more people file claims against Bard.

IVC Filter Injury Lawsuits – Get Help Now

The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC are currently investigating cases related to IVC filter complications that lead to serious injury or the death of a loved one. If you would like to setup a free consultation with our office to discuss your situation, contact us at 877-544-5323.

More warnings have been issued about the dangers associated with a common medical device known as the IVC filter. The Food and Drug Administration has updated their safety communication about the filters, formally recommending that doctors remove IVC filters from patients once there is no longer a serious fear of pulmonary embolism from occurring. This advice comes on the heels of reports that the device has been malfunctioning at a serious and dangerous rate.

IVC filters are incredibly useful devices – when they perform correctly, they prevent pulmonary embolisms from occurring. But when the filter fails, it can be deadly. The sharp metal used to manufacture the filter can break off and pierce patients internally. Even if the filter doesn’t break apart, the entire device has been known to migrate within the body. Even the difference of a few centimeters can mean excruciating pain for the patient.

If you or someone you know has an IVC filter inserted, consider speaking with doctors about the long term goals for the device. Once the patient is out of the pulmonary embolism woods – so to speak – the IVC filter should be removed. The FDA specifically recommends removal between 29 and 54 days after initial insertion. The longer it remains inside the patient, the greater risk for failure and severe injury.

In addition to their warnings, the FDA is requiring IVC filter manufacturers to provide additional product testing to determine the safety profiles of each device. The studies hope to answer questions about both retrievable and long term IVC filters and their rates of failure in the hopes of better serving patients around the world.

IVC Filter Injury Lawsuits – Get Help Now

The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC are currently investigating cases related to IVC filter complications that lead to serious injury or the death of a loved one. If you would like to setup a free consultation with our office to discuss your situation, contact us at 877-544-5323.

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