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A new study from the University of Michigan has revealed that IVC filters, popularly used to prevent blood clots, do not actually provide any additional benefit over patients who did not use the device. This revelation will resonate with the families of the hundreds of patients who have died because of their filter breaking apart and fatally injuring them. On average, the study found, patients with IVC filters survive no longer than patients who do not have the device implanted. Moreover, patients with IVC filters were 83 percent more like to experience deep vein thrombosis than those without filters.

These findings add credibility to the theory that these IVC filters are neither a safe nor effective treatment for patients. Federal regulators have recently gone as far as recommending that doctors remove the filter as soon as the risk of blood clots has passed. The longer the filter remains implanted, the greater the chance for malfunctions.

Filters Known to Malfunction

The FDA first issued an alert about potential problems with IVC filters back in 2010. Nearly six years later, hundreds of patients have experienced malfunctions. Sometimes the filter breaks free, migrating throughout the body and often piercing internal organs. Other times, the filter simply becomes dislodged. Regardless of the cause, nothing good can come from malfunctions like these.

Talk to Your Doctor

If you or a loved one has an IVC filter implanted, talk with your doctor about these well-researched and established claims about the device. As evidence continues to stack up against the two leading filter manufacturers, Bard and Cook, the medical community will need to reevaluate the use of the device in the future.

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.

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.

As the industry shines a spotlight on the problems related to IVC filters, more evidence is coming to light that these medical devices are not as safe as they should be. The filters designed by Cook Group Inc. are the latest target of scrutiny. Their IVC filter, the Cook Celect, has been known to migrate, break apart and pierce patients internally. Though the device does its job – catching blood clots that break away from the arterial wall – they also present huge health risks to those who have them implanted. A 2012 study found that 40 percent of participants experienced their filter moving away from its original position, where it had been placed to capture blood clots from the leg.

The reality is that these filters are not intended to be long term solutions to blood clotting issues. In fact, experts recommend that the filter is removed between 29 and 54 days after insertion, or as soon as the danger of pulmonary embolism has passed. Far too many patients keep their IVC filters in for much longer. And who could blame them? A 2013 study found that less than 10 percent of filters are removed successfully, with eight percent of patients experiencing pulmonary embolism in spite of the device.

Health advocates have sought recalls and bans of IVC filters, but there has been no movement in the industry so far. Meanwhile, dozens of people have filed lawsuits against IVC filter manufacturers, hoping to hold them responsible for the pain and suffering their device has 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.