The Bard G2 Filter System has been linked to a high rate of fractures and migration, which could cause severe internal injury or life-threatening complications for individuals who received the inferior vena cava (IVC) filter to prevent a blood clot from causing a pulmonary embolism.
- Heart or Lung Perforation
- Hemorrhagic Pericardial Effusion or Other Hemorrhage
- Cardiac Tamponade or Pericardial Pamponade
- Punctured Vena Cava
- Chest Pain
- Shortness of Breath
Potential injury lawsuits and Bard G2 IVC Filter class action lawsuits are being reviewed for individuals throughout the United States. To review a potential claim for yourself, a friend or family member, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.
BARD G2 FILTER PROBLEMS AND COMPLICATIONS
The Bard G2 IVC Filter System is a medical device created by C.R. Bard and approved by FDA in 2005. It was introduced as a successor or replacement for the Bard Recovery IVC Filter system, which was associated with a high number of fractures and other problems that occurred when the retrievable filter was left in place for extended periods of time.
Bard marketed the G2 IVC filter as having “enhanced fracture resistance”, “improved centering” and “increased migration resistance.” Unfortunately, the Bard G2 IVC filter has also been linked to a high rate of fractures and migrations.
According to an August 2010 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, the Bard G2 IVC filter fracture rate was 12%. In some of the cases, fractured pieces of the Bard G2 filter migrated to the hepatic vein or the lung.
Researchers concluded that the incidence of Bard IVC filter fractures was proportional to the length of time that the retrievable device was left in place. Therefore, the rate of Bard G2 filter problems and complications may increase as time passes.
The Bard G2 IVC filter is designed to stop or catch blood clots travelling through the inferior vena cava, to prevent a pulmonary embolism. Also known as a blood clot filter, Bard G2 filters are implanted in patients at risk for a pulmonary embolism, who are unable to take a medication to reduce the risk of blood clots or if such anticoagulants have failed.
When the Bard G2 IVC filter is left in place after the risk of a pulmonary embolism has passed, the legs or struts that extend out in a spider-like fashion may fracture or break. This could allow the pieces of the filter to travel through the bloodstream and get lodged in other parts of the body, usually the heart or lungs.
Symptoms of problems from a Bard G2 filter fracture or migration may result in severe and persistent chest pain and shortness of breath. This often results in emergency medical treatment to determine whether the symptoms are a heart attack or fracture of the IVC filter.
BARD G2 FILTER LAWYERS
Potential Bard G2 IVC filter class action lawsuits and individual injury cases are being reviewed as a result of the manufacturers failure to take adequate steps to protect consumers or warn about the risk of migration or fracture.
Although information has been available to C.R. Bard about the risk of problems with their IVC filters, they allowed thousands of individuals to be implanted with the Bard Recovery filter or Bard G2 filter, exposing these consumers to a risk of serious and potentially life-threatening injury.
As a result of the manufacturer’s apparent decision to place their desire for profits before consumer safety, Bard G2 IVC filter injury settlements may be available for some individuals who experienced complications.
The blood clot filter lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are providing free consultations and claim evaluations to all individuals who received an IVC filter and suspect that they may have experienced problems from the fracture or migration of a Bard G2 filter or Bard Recovery filter.
Contact our attorneys today to review a potential case on behalf of yourself, a friend or family member. All cases are pursued under a contingency fee, which means that there are no Bard IVC attorney fees or expenses unless we win your case.