IVC Filter Problems, Failures, Fractures and Complications
Over the past two years, the IVC filter lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. have been pursuing potential cases for individuals nationwide who have experienced problems with a removable inferior vena cava (IVC) filter, where the devices may have fractured or broken, causing serious and potentially life-threatening injuries.
UPDATE: Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. is also reviewing potential Cook IVC filter lawsuits, for individuals who received the Cook Celect or Gunther Tulip systems.
Have You or a Loved One Had Problems from an IVC Filter Failure?
IVC filters are small spider-like devices that are implanted into the inferior vena cava to “catch” blood clots that may otherwise travel to the lungs and cause a pulmonary embolism. They resemble an upside down umbrella, with a number of struts or legs that extend out.
The Bard Recovery IVC Filter was introduced in 2003. Although statements made by executives of the manufacturer suggested that the device was part of their “long-term success” strategy, the Bard Recovery Filter was removed from the market in 2005 amid reports that suggested the IVC filter was prone to fail, with the struts fracturing, perforating the vena cava or migrating to other parts of the body.
In 2005, the manufacturer introduced a new “Second Generation” model, marketed as the Bard G2 IVC Filter. This device has been prone to similar problems where the struts may become embeded or fracture.
When an IVC filter failure occurs, it may be the result of a fracture, perforation or migration of the struts to other areas of the body, such as the heart or lungs. This can cause serious health problems and complications from the IVC filter, including:
- Cardiac/Pericardial Tamponade (Pressure caused by a collection of blood in the area around the heart)
- Perforation of Tissue, Vessles and Organs
- Severe and Persistent Pain
- Shortness of Breath and Chest Discomfort
- Symptoms Similar to a Heart Attack
LAWSUITS OVER BARD IVC FILTER PROBLEMS
An estimated 35,000 people had a Bard Recovery Filter implanted into their inferior vena cava before it was removed from the market, and at least 65,000 people have received a Bard G2 Filter, which is prone to experience the same or similar problems.
As a result of the manufacturer’s failure to adequately research the device or provide information to consumers and the medical community about the risk of struts fracturing or breaking if the IVC filter is not removed after the risk of a pulmonary embolism or DVT passes, financial compensation may be available through a product liability lawsuit.
To review a potential claim on behalf of yourself, a friend or family member, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.