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IVC Filter Lawsuits Filed Over Serious Injuries, Complications

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) 
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Severe pain in the abdomen or chest
  • Puncturing of the aorta, duodenum, small bowel, ureter or spine
  • Hemorrhaging
  • Stroke
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Heart attack
  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Death

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.

You can learn more about MDLs here and find out why most medical device cases are not suited for class action lawsuits.

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:

Bard: Cook:
  • Recovery
  • G2
  • G2X (G2 Express)
  • Eclipse
  • Meridian
  • Denali
  • Gunther Tulip Mreye
  • Gunther Tulip Vena Cava Filter
  • Celect Vena Cava Filter
  • Celect Platinum 

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.
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of your ability to work
  • Disfigurement, disability and scarring
  • Caregiving costs
  • 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. 

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Case Resources

In Re: Bard IVC Filters Product Liability Litigation
Read the consolidated complaint filed in Arizona that alleges Bard's retrievable IVC filters caused serious complications and death.
In Re: Cook Medical, Inc. IVC Filters Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation
Read the consolidated complaint filed in Indiana that accuses Cook Medical of releasing a retrievable IVC filter that could lead to serious injury and death.
Annals of Surgery – IVC Study
Read a study that found that IVC filters do not increase survival rates for trauma patients – and can even put them at a higher risk for blood clots.