The product liability lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential lawsuits for problems with the Bard Recovery Filter System, which is a medical device used to “catch” blood clots and prevent a pulmonary embolism.
The Bard Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filter has been linked to a high rate of fractures and migration, which could cause severe internal injuries or life-threatening complications.
- Fracture or Migration of the IVC Filter
- Perforation of the Heart, Lung, Vena Cava or Other Tissue
- Cardiac or Pericardial Tamponade
- Ventrical Tachycardia
- Persistent Chest Pain or Shortness of Breath
Potential Bard Recovery class action lawsuits and individual IVC filter injury lawsuits are being examined on behalf of individuals throughout the United States.
To find out if you, a friend or family member may have a a case, request a free consultation and IVC filter lawsuit evaluation.
BARD RECOVERY FILTER PROBLEMS AND COMPLICATIONS
The Bard Recovery Filter is a medical device created by C.R. Bard, Inc. and approved by FDA in 2002 to prevent blood clots from traveling through the body and causing a pulmonary embolism.
The Recovery blood clot filter is implanted in individuals at risk for a pulmonary embolism, who are unable to take an anticoagulant or if such medications have failed. It is designed so that the IVC filter can be removed or retrieved from the body after the threat of a pulmonary embolism has passed.
A pulmonary embolism is the sudden blockage of an artery which brings blood into the lungs. Typically, this blood clot does not form in the lung artery, but somewhere else in the body. If a clot breaks off it can travel through the blood stream and get lodged near the lung causing a pulmonary embolism.
The Recovery Bard IVC Filter is designed to stop or catch blood clots travelling through the inferior vena cava in its 12 “struts” or legs. The Bard Recovery legs consist of six short struts that are positioned over six longer struts.
The device is constructed of Nitinol (Nickle Titanium Naval Ordance Laboratory), which contains shape memory. However, shortly after the device was introduced, reports of Bard Recovery filter problems and complications were reported.
The struts or legs of Bard Recovery flters are prone to fracture and then migrate to other locations in the body, particularly the heart or lungs where they could cause severe and potentially life-threatening injury.
Symptoms of problems with a Bard IVC filter could include chest pain and shortness of breath. This often results in emergency medical treatment, where a cardiac catheterization or CT scan may be done to see whether the IVC filter fractured or migrated.
A number of medical studies have indicated that the Bard Recovery failure rate is between 21% and 31.7%:
- A 2005 study by the New England Society for Vascular Surgery found a 31.7% Bard Recovery fracture rate after examining adverse event reports filed with the FDA.
- A 2008 study in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology indicated a 21% Bard Recovery failure rate among patients included in the study
- A 2010 study in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that the rate of complications with Bard Recovery IVC filters was 25%, with researchers finding that pieces of the Bard Recovery Filter migrated to the heart in more than 70% of those who experienced a fracture.
BARD RECOVERY FILTER LAWYERS
Despite information that indicated consumers faced an unreasonable risk of injury or death from Bard Recovery IVC flters, the manufacturer failed to take adequate steps to protect consumers or warn about the risks or issue an IVC filter recall.
Thousands of individuals have been implanted with the Bard Recovery filter, exposing them to a risk of serious and potentially life-threatening injury if the Bard IVC filter fracture, migrate or fail. As a result of Bard’s failure to inform or warn physicians or the public, individuals who received one of these IVC filters may be entitled to financial compensation through a Bard Recovery lawsuit.
The Bard Recovery filter attorneys at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are providing free consultations and claim evaluations to all individuals who received an IVC filter since 2003, who suspect that they may have experienced problems from a fractured Bard Recovery or G2 filter.
All cases are pursued on a contingency fee basis, which means that there are no fees or expenses to hire our Bard Recovery filter attorneys unless we win your