Federal lawsuits involving C.R. Bard's IVC filters have been consolidated into multidistrict litigation in Arizona. The litigation is still ongoing.
This Alert Affects:
Anyone who experienced complications after being implanted with a retrievable IVC filter made by Cook Medical or C.R. Bard.
What's Going On?
Patients and their loved ones are filing lawsuits saying the IVC filters caused serious injuries (and, in some cases, death) after the filters broke apart, fractured or migrated to other parts of the body.
Is There Any Proof?
One study published in the Annals of Surgery found that IVC filters implanted in trauma patients were actually associated with a higher risk for blood clots and did not increase survival rates.
What Injuries Have Been Connected to the Filters?
Hemorrhaging, cardiac arrhythmia, stroke, deep vein thrombosis, heart attack, organ/tissue/bowel punctures, and death, among others
How Could a Lawsuit Help Me?
You may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, funeral expenses (in the event of death) and other damages.
Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed over injuries connected to retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filters made by C.R. Bard and Cook Medical.
The suits say the devices are “defective and unreasonably dangerous” and seek compensation for patients who suffered complications from the filters. Lawsuits have also been lodged by families of those who died in connection with the devices.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries or complications after being implanted with an IVC filter, you may be owed money from the device manufacturer for medical bills and other damages. The attorneys working with ClassAction.org are now speaking to IVC patients and their loved ones about their rights – and they want to hear from you.
To get in touch, just fill out the form on this page and we can send your information over to one of the attorneys we work with. There’s no cost to contact us or the lawyers we work with– and you’re never obligated to take legal action after learning more about your options. Plus, the only people who will ever see your information are our staff and the lawyers we work with.
Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filter Problems and Complications
The lawsuits claim that the devices were defectively designed and manufactured and were not safe for their intended purposes. It is believed that the source of the complications are the filters’ tendency to dislodge, break, tilt, migrate (move to other areas of the body), puncture the vena caval wall or otherwise fail.
These problems, according to the suit, can lead to a number of complications, including:
Cardiac tamponade (pressure caused by fluid build-up in the sac surrounding the heart)
Severe pain in the abdomen or chest
Puncturing of the aorta, duodenum, small bowel, ureter or spine
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
The suits allege that both Bard and Cook Medical knew that its IVC filters weren’t fit for use, but failed to recall them or warn patients about the serious risks associated with the devices.
Is This a Class Action Lawsuit?
This is not a class action lawsuit. If you or a loved one suffered injuries from an IVC filter, you will need to file your own, individual lawsuit with an attorney of your choice. You are not automatically covered by the pending litigation. That being said, the lawsuits against Cook Medical and C.R. Bard have been consolidated into two separate multidistrict litigations (MDLs) to help the lawsuits resolve quickly.
What IVC Filters Have Been Linked to Side Effects?
The lawsuits specifically refer to retrievable IVC filters made by C.R. Bard and Cook Medical. These include the following:
G2X (G2 Express)
Gunther Tulip Mreye
Gunther Tulip Vena Cava Filter
Celect Vena Cava Filter
How Much Could I Get from a Lawsuit?
A number of factors, including your age and the extent of your injuries, will determine how much you could get from a successful lawsuit.
In general, however, medical device lawsuits typically seek compensation for:
Past and future medical bills
Pain and suffering
Mental anguish, trauma, anxiety, etc.
Loss of your ability to work
Disfigurement, disability and scarring
Loss of familial/martial relationships
Loss of life’s enjoyment
Funeral expenses, in the event of death
To find out more about the lawsuits and why you may be owed money from C.R. Bard or Cook Medical, contact us here. One of the attorneys we work with may then call or e-mail you directly to get in touch and ask you a few questions about your injuries. There’s no cost to talk to a lawyer and they will only collect a fee if they win your case.