Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are medical devices implanted into patients who are at risk of suffering a sudden blockage of an artery in the lung or a pulmonary embolism (PE). The devices catch fragments of blood clots that form in the legs or pelvis before they reach the heart or lungs where blockages can cause severe health complications.
IVC filters are under increased scrutiny due to risks of fracture or failure. Malfunctions may result in death or serious injuries requiring corrective surgeries.
Which IVC Filters Present a Risk?
There are currently three IVC manufacturers producing and selling potentially defective and/or dangerous IVC filters. They are C.R. Bard, Cook Medical, and Boston Scientific. The following IVC filters have been named in lawsuits by IVC filter injury victims:
- Bard Recovery
- Bard G2
- Bard G2 Express/G2X
- Bard Eclipse
- Bard Meridian
- Bard Denali
- Cook Gunther Tulip
- Cook Celect
- Cook Celect Platinum
- Boston Scientific Greenfield
What Are the Complications?
When IVC filters fail, the device or its pieces may migrate to a patient’s heart and lungs, resulting in serious injury or death. The devices also can shift within a patient’s body, eventually lodging in areas in the body that aren’t reachable by surgery.
In some cases, IVC filters are implanted into patients on a short-term basis. These devices, called retrievable IVC filters, are intended to be removed as soon as the risk of a PE decreases. In 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety alert suggesting a possible link between long term use of retrievable filters with an increased risk of fracture or failure.
What Symptoms Suggest a Malfunctioning IVC Filter?
If you were implanted with an IVC filter, especially any of the potentially defective filters previously named, you may be at risk of injury. Symptoms of a malfunctioning IVC filter may include:
- Chest pain
- Neck pain
- Abdominal pain
- Back pain
- Leg pain
- Shortness of breath
- Dizziness and/or nausea
- Irregular heartbeat
- Rapid heartbeat
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms after being implanted with an IVC filter, see a doctor and get in touch with an experienced Green Bay defective product lawyer as soon as possible.
How Can IVC Manufacturers Be Held Liable for Injuries and Complications?
There are several approaches our law firm can take if you decide to file a defective product claim against an IVC filter manufacturer after an injury:
- Negligence – This asserts that the manufacturer had a legal duty to produce safe and functional products, and their failure to do so resulted in your injuries.
- Design and Manufacturing Defects – This asserts that the product is dangerous when used as intended and caused your injuries.
- Failure to Warn –This asserts that the manufacturer was aware of potential risks of their product and chose not to share them, which resulted in your injuries.
What Compensation is Available for Defective IVC Filter Victims?
Because faulty IVC filters can cause severe injury, including death, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Types of compensation our defective product lawyers can fight for on your behalf include:
- Medical expenses related to treatment
- Damages for pain and suffering
- Loss of wages
- Punitive damages
How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Lawyer After An IVC Filter Injury?
At Brian Hodgkiss Injury Lawyers, you pay us nothing unless we win your case, so you never have to worry about whether you can afford to hire a lawyer to recoup your medical bills.
IVC Settlements in the News
In May 2018, a Texas state court jury awarded an IVC victim $1.2 million in damages after determining the manufacturer, Cook Medical, failed to warn doctors and patients about the risk of the filter migrating through the body and perforating blood vessels and organs.
In April 2018, an Arizona federal jury awarded an IVC victim $1.6 million in compensatory damages after determining the manufacturer, C.R. Bard, failed to warn doctors and patients about the risk of the filter fracturing inside the body.
The jury further ordered Bard to pay $2 million in punitive damages, bringing the total settlement up to $3.6 million. Unlike compensatory damages, which are intended to help victims recover medical costs of an injury, punitive damages are intended to punish defective product manufacturers for especially reckless behavior.
In February 2019, an Indiana federal jury awarded an IVC victim $3 million in damages after determining Cook Medical was aware of a design defect that resulted in the plaintiff’s injuries and failed to correct it.
We Want to Fight for You
If you or someone you love has received an IVC filter and suffered severe health complications or death, you deserve compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Our Appleton defective product lawyers have the experience and resources necessary to take on major pharmaceutical companies. Let us fight for you. Call Brian Hodgkiss Injury Lawyers at (920) 486-9726 or fill out our free online consultation form, and a member of our legal team will contact you to discuss your case.
This law firm is not associated with, sponsored by, or affiliated with C.R. Bard, Cook Medical, Boston Scientific, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.