Did you or a loved one receive an IVC filter in the past 15 years? These medical devices have been linked to an extraordinarily-high rate of failure. Thousands of patients have suffered severe injuries after an IVC filter broke apart or began to travel inside the body.
Lawsuits are now being filed against the two largest manufacturers:
- C.R. Bard
- Cook Medical
Over 5,000 IVC filter lawsuits are currently pending in federal courts in Arizona and Indiana, but there is still time to submit a claim. Contact our experienced product liability attorneys now to learn more.
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A number of law firms have begun to produce television commercials informing viewers about a growing litigation around IVC filters, a class of medical devices used to catch blood clots before they reach the heart or lungs. More than 5,000 people have filed lawsuits, claiming they or their loved ones suffered injuries when an IVC filter broke apart inside the vein or migrated out of place. Many of these shocking allegations are substantiated by a large body of medical research.
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Attorney ads, which often run on local broadcasts, usually mention two specific medical device manufacturers: C.R. Bard and Cook Medical. Today, these companies create and market most of the IVC filters sold and used in the United States. Recent reports suggest that these manufacturers may have concealed crucial safety evidence from regulatory officials and the public, allowing a dangerous product to remain on the market.
IVC Filters Linked To High Complication Rates
Studies show that IVC filters may cause complications in a majority of cases, forcing patients to recover from severe forms of harm and invasive corrective procedures. In dozens of tragic cases, IVC filter side effects have even led to death, leaving grieving families to pick up the pieces. Even more troubling, some TV commercials have introduced viewers to the shocking truth that the vast majority of IVC filters were placed on the market without any safety testing.
That’s true, despite the technology having been introduced more than four decades ago. In fact, only two randomized controlled clinical trials have looked into the safety and efficacy of IVC filters when compared to traditional blood thinners. One of these studies was far from reassuring.
No Demonstrated Benefits Over Traditional Treatment
Following 400 patients for a total of 8 years, a group of French researchers could find no difference in mortality rates between people who received IVC filters and those treated only with an anticoagulant. The two groups of patients were equally likely to die within the 8-year study period. But it gets even worse. People who received an IVC filter were more likely to develop deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, a life-threatening form of blood clot that usually begins in the legs.
To sum up, the only rigorous studies to look into the benefits and safety of IVC filters found that these devices might do more harm than good. An expert at Medscape, conducting a technology assessment of the device, had this to say: “inferior vena cava filters have been widely used and it is surprising how few studies have evaluated their safety and efficacy […] whether or not their use leads to a net benefit is not known.” Judith Walsh, MD, a professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco, concluded her report by writing,
“it is recommended that the use of IVC filters to protect against pulmonary embolism does not meet […] criteria […] for safety, effectiveness and improvement in health outcomes.”
Studies Find High Likelihood Of Side Effects
Not only are IVC filters a largely-unproven treatment method, it’s common for the devices to break apart (“fracture”), pierce the vein or move (“migrate”) into the heart or lungs. In short, IVC filters fail at incredible rates. This fact has now been borne out in study after study.
A report published in 2010 covers a small study of 52 patients with C.R. Bard IVC filters; 12% of these filters fractured. In two patients, a portion of the device was discovered inside the heart. Two years later, another study found perforations of the vein in nearly 90% of patients. These and other studies serve as the backbone of most IVC filter lawsuits.
Who Can File A Claim For Compensation?
Did you or a loved one experience complications after receiving an IVC filter? Eligible patients may be able to file a lawsuit and pursue significant financial compensation.
In pending lawsuits, injury victims and their loved ones claim damages for past and future medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. A number of wrongful death lawsuits make similar claims on behalf of a deceased patient’s loved ones, demanding compensation for funeral expenses, lost financial support and emotional trauma. You may be able to secure compensation, too. Contact our experienced product liability attorneys today to receive a free consultation. Discuss your case with one of our dedicated lawyers and learn more about legal options.