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How Much May I Receive to Settle an IVC Filter Injury Case?

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The injury lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk are pursuing blood clot filter settlements for individuals who may be entitled to financial compensation as a result of problems caused by small medical devices implanted into the inferior vena cava (IVC) to prevent blood clots from traveling to the lungs.

Potential Bard G2 IVC filter cases, Bard Recovery IVC filter cases and Cook IVC filter cases are being reviewed for individuals who have experienced severe and potentially life-threatening complications, such as:

  • Punctures of Internal Organs, Veins or Arteries
  • Fractures or Broken Filter Components
  • Tilting or Migration of the Filter
  • Difficulty Removing the IVC Filter
  • Injury to Heart, Lungs or Other Organs
  • Wrongful Death

Since 2010, our law firm has been investigating potential IVC filter injury cases for individuals throughout the U.S. Claims allege that the manufacturers of these devices failed to adequately warn about the risk of problems and negligently designed a defective and unreasonably dangerous IVC filter.

In state court litigation, some individual settlements have been reached in cases that were set to go to trial. However, the manufacturers have not been willing to settle large numbers of IVC filter cases. As a result, a growing number of complaints have been filed in courts throughout the United States over the past year, and centralized pre-trial proceedings have been established.

While our lawyers believe that the manufacturers will ultimately be forced to pay substantial financial compensation to resolve these cases, there remains substantial work to do in the IVC filter litigation. Therefore, it will likely take some time before any global IVC filter settlements may be reached.

Factors Considered in IVC Filter Settlement Negotiations

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Saiontz & Kirk, PA, Attorneys & Lawyers, Baltimore, MD

Negotiations to settle IVC filter cases will be based on what a jury is likely to award each individual plaintiff if the case went to trial.

In determining the amount of any damages a plaintiff may be entitled to receive for settling their blood clot filter case, the following are some of the common factors that a jury may consider, and which will be taken into consideration during negotiations:

  • The extent and duration of the injury from IVC filters;
  • The effect that the IVC filter injury had on the overall physical and mental health or well-being of the patient;
  • The pain and mental anguish suffered in the past and which will likely be suffered in the future;
  • The amount of any past use or future medical expenses caused by IVC filter complications;
  • Any lost wages or loss of earning capacity;
  • In an IVC filter wrongful death lawsuit, the losses suffered by the surviving family members will be considered, including the loss of love, affection, and companionship.

Now that coordinated pretrial proceedings are established for Bard IVC filter lawsuits and Cook IVC filter lawsuits, it is likely that a small group of lawsuits will be prepared for “bellwether” trials to help gauge how juries may respond to certain evidence and testimony that is likely to be repeated throughout the litigation.

At trial, jurors will take into account the nature of IVC filter injury, the severity of the damage and the economic impact of the injury on the individual plaintiff.

While the outcomes of any bellwether trials will not be binding on other cases, they will likely influence any large-scale settlements for IVC filter claims that may be reached by the manufacturers to avoid hundreds of individual jury trials throughout the U.S.

Find Out If You May Qualify for a IVC Filter Offer

The IVC filter lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. provide free consultations and case evaluations to help individuals determine whether they may be eligible for a settlement or compensation for an injury caused by these medical devices.

After contacting our office toll free at 1-800-522-0102 or requesting a free case review on-line, the facts and circumstances surrounding your potential IVC filter injury will be reviewed and evaluated by our lawyers. If it is determined that you or a loved one may be eligible for a settlement, it is your decision whether to hire our law firm.

All lawsuits are handled by our attorneys under a contingency fee agreement, which means that there are never any fees or expenses paid unless we are successful obtaining an IVC filter settlement or other recovery in your case.

Austin Kirk

Last Updated August 6, 2015
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  • anthony says:

    I had an ivc filter put in me in early 2002.

    Posted on January 29, 2016 at 7:54 pm

  • Steve says:

    So what percentage does the suffering individual get , 60 % of some future settlement? What about future expenses? No one wants to discuss this

    Posted on April 24, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    • Austin Kirk says:

      Steve, we are happy to discuss and review any questions or concerns you have regarding the fee agreement in these cases. Any claim for future expenses (i.e. medical bills or lost income) would be included in any overall settlement or recovery amount. Please call my office at 1-800-522-0102 if you wish to review this further.

      Posted on April 26, 2016 at 1:29 pm

  • Franklin says:

    I have a Greenfield vena cava filter that is permanent and can’t be taken out.This is ruining my life!! To date nothing has happened but I feel like a walking time bomb that could go off at any time and kill me! I am afraid to do anything that could make it turn or move and pieces could break off!

    Posted on May 2, 2016 at 4:24 pm

  • Charles says:

    In March of 2015 my wife died because the filter blocked up

    Posted on May 12, 2016 at 2:42 pm

  • Patti says:

    My aunt had one inserted in Watauga Hospital in Boone N.C. in 2013. They told us even after she would request prayer for her healing she had told them she wanted to go on. This happened when no one was there in the family to witness it. We had left to go home to feed the cats and when we got back (Her daughter and I) they said she said that she wanted to go on. She did have cancer but I don’t feel comfortable with her death and never have.

    Posted on May 19, 2016 at 1:55 pm

  • Charles says:

    My wife had one implanted in March of 2015 and the blood clot blocked the filter and she had cardiac arrest and died the doctors knew she was getting blood clots and they did nothing too get rid of them the Dr was even going too release her because I was going to pick her up when the nurse got her out of bed that is when the blood clots broke free and blocked it and killed her

    Posted on May 25, 2016 at 5:02 pm

  • Jen says:

    Anyone else have chronic back, hip and pelvic pain after their filter was inserted? I have for over 8 years. I’m barely 40 and feel like I was hit by a truck when I wake up. I’m not a pain med seeker, but need them to even function. I just found out yesterday that my filter tines have extended outside my Vena cava! This has to be stopped. I had this placed when I was 32 as a prophylactic because I had major surgery and had a history of pulmonary embolism. Also, last spring another clot was found, this time in my right ovarian vein. I’m frightened!

    Posted on June 10, 2016 at 11:52 pm

  • George says:

    I have the Greenfield IVC Filter and have had it since 2003 and never knew the really bad things that could come of it. Over the last 5-6 years maybe longer I have had issues with anemia where I am bleeding out a pint or more a year but the doctors really have not understood why and I never thought about the IVC as being an issue. I have had a sever Deep Vein Thrombosis as well as a Pulmonary Embolism and also has a thromboses blood clot/ aneurism in my head which the doctor I saw was surprised I didn’t know of the stroke I guess I have had. I have also been having major passing of blood in my bowel movements and am currently awaiting records from when I got the IVC filter and also to see a colorectal surgeon so I can see if this bleeding might be a result of the IVC filter breaching my femoral artery. I also deal with pain and the thought that I could have a clot pass into my heart, lungs and brain at any time. I was even on Warfrin therapy for a year to break down any clotting but now that I have heard about the filter issues and see others mention certain things I am worried I could be in the boat with the broken or faulty filters. I had spoken to one lawyers office to ask a few questions from a TV commercial however they said I needed to go through my doctor to get records and tests to see if it is the filter so here I m working on just that.

    Posted on June 12, 2016 at 7:09 am

  • Zahir says:

    I had the IVC filter installed in 2008, I had sever swelling in my legs and pour circulation…from time to time it feels like something moving around in my legs. I have been getting chest pain, stomach pain, some time I have trouble breathing…When I got my gastric by pass to loose weight, I took on other complications….the IVC filter was installed without my knowledge until after the surgery. …Yes I lost over 200 pounds…but my health feels worse….Hearing about the effects this filter brings got me worried…I’m praying for everyone..

    Posted on June 23, 2016 at 12:57 pm

  • Bruce says:

    Appears that percentage of problems is low from the numbers on this sight. Walking time bomb, ruining life, how sad! Being made aware of potential possible problems, fine, my life style doesn’t change, I don’t live with unreasonable fear. I think medical technology is great, I go into hospital with DVTs/ PEs, they give me a super-duper lacquer thinner blood flush for two hours, slit my throat and drop a lobster trap in my chest and send me home on a life time maintenance dose of rat poison! DNA testing found that I have a mutant gene that causes my blood to clot too easily so the filter will stay and warfarin is the only med I take. That was over ten years ago. Five years ago had by-pass surgery worked thru that and got off all meds they dumped on me and will just stick with the warfarin as there are no annoying side effects. I keep my weight under 225 lbs. (I’m 6′ 5″) stay active, eat whatever I like and enjoy life and look forward to 70th birthday. If your that worried get a CT scan, chances are your ‘lobster trap’ is just fine.

    Posted on June 28, 2016 at 5:26 pm

  • Elizabeth says:

    I was told that my VIC can not be removed. What if the brand I have in me is not the brand they are talking about. Do I still have a case.

    Posted on June 30, 2016 at 9:42 am

  • Patricia says:

    My mother died in 2010 by exanguination due to perforated vena cava by ivc filter. Frustrating to hear so many people have complications.

    Posted on July 8, 2016 at 11:47 am

  • Sebatu says:

    My father died March 13 2016 he had the surgery 2015 I am broken this filter took the last piece of me because of this filter I have no parent no love no family I lost my mother 3 years ago now I lost my father I cry every day in my heart I go from friends to friends looking for somewhere to stay I was living with my father he raised me from the age of 2 years some times I feel like my heart is falling out of my chest because am so broken hearted many night I can’t sleep my father was my best friend he was really all I had o god am I ever gonna heal from this pain? :(:( 🙁 🙁 🙁

    Posted on July 19, 2016 at 8:12 pm

  • JAY says:

    I’M IN THE SAME BOAT, HOWEVER, I AM AWARE OF AT LEAST THREE UNIVERSITY AFFILIATED HOSPITALS THAT ARE PRESENTLY “REMOVING” THE “PERMANENT” FILTERS. START WITH STANFORD, THEN NORTHWESTERN AND FINALLY, JOHNS HOPKINS – SO YOU MAY BE ACCOMMODATED COAST TO COAST

    Posted on July 23, 2016 at 12:17 pm

  • Joseph says:

    Hello Franklin, I think my IVC filter is called a Greenfield filter and i also feel bad! I got it put in my left leg by my groin. I was only 34 or 35 of age. My legs cramp all the time. My chest hurts and my left arm hurts like hell!!!!! My legs are purple and black color and my ankles are the same color. My ankles are Dry with the same color. The pain is awful, what do you suggest? Thank you!

    Posted on August 26, 2016 at 5:10 am

  • anna says:

    I had 2 pulmonary embolisms, suffer from chronic blood clots I’m only thirty years old. I trust what the docs tell me cuz they saved me I felt…..

    But I was later told oh no this needs to be removed….. but it’s fused to my vein wall……. 🙁 it WILL eventually either move dislodge break or any number of things…. but after I was told this I was told but there’s nothing we can do it’s fused to your vein wall
    surely this cannot be I don’t like ambulance Chasers I think it’s wrong to always blame the people that try their best to help us for our own medical conditions but this is unfair I would have stayed on Warfran and risked my chances with that
    even though I couldn’t stay therapeutic and it would have been my fault if I was irresponsible with the medication but after they put this in they walked away leaving me
    Because of this implant I AM A ticking time bomb.

    Posted on August 27, 2016 at 6:03 am

  • Sharon says:

    My filter was put in 2006, it was a Cordis and it has its problems and fracturing is one of them and the other is the strut to guide it in is 100% failure and it’s embedded in my vein and is irretrievable. The fracture rate for the device itself is 50%. What else can go wrong with it? I’m on warfarin, my body makes blood clots and now I feel like I have no say about this filter in my body. Just what I was told by one doctor, just pray a lot as if I don’t.

    Posted on September 27, 2016 at 11:58 pm

  • Bradley says:

    I have a greenfield ivc filter implanted since nov. 2003 I do not know if it is stainless steel or plastic? Nobody at the hospital will tell Me. I suffer from pain and discomfort every day. The implant is permanent.

    Posted on October 14, 2016 at 1:12 am

  • J says:

    I have a Filter and its in my heart and I have received crappy care from doctors. The truth about the filters is not always disclosed when they are placed. People are better without them and constant monitoring of a broken filter and monitoring of problem if a strut/prong has migrated to another area is a must.

    Posted on October 26, 2016 at 2:43 pm

  • Brian says:

    I am in Good Samaritan hospital right now and have been for the last 9 day’s due to a bad leg infection. I have been complaining to the staff ( Nurse’s, Doctors, Administrators) about pain in my groin and thigh area that are so swollen I can’t touch my knees together! My man parts are so swollen it feels and looks like they are ready to explode! I am prone to DVT’s and told them so as well while pleading to have a test done to see if I have any blood clots active. Just before they shipped me off to a rest home one of the doctors finally listened and ordered the test that showed ACTIVE clots right in the same area my IVC was installed 2008. They gave me Ellaquest pills and are moving me tomorrow to the rest home anyway… Should I be concerned??? I THUNK so!
    My wife and I are VERY concerned and can’t wait to leave so we can get another opinion tomorrow… I have had many hospital stay’s because of DVT’s and never NEVER have been treated so poorly!! My wife just informed me that another patient just walked out of here… The Ironic part is they had put me in the heart ward because they were so full here and they were the one’s that MISSED my blood clots! Good luck to all of the other walking time bombs out there!! Happy Holiday’s I hope…

    Posted on November 19, 2016 at 2:19 am

  • jim says:

    I had a filter placed in june this year, nobody had told me the kind of risks associated with them, but they scared me so bad over my embolism especially when they took me to the ICU, I let them place it.

    I didn’t find out about the possibility of it breaking, and Now I’m petrified it might break if I have it removed. They also gave me warfarin to thin my blood then put me on xarelto, never telling me if I bleed from the xarelto they have no drug to counteract the bleeding.

    Atleast with warfarin they can give you vitamin k to counteract the blood thinning so you’ll atleast have a chance they can stop the bleeding. The doctor acted surprised when I told him all about these lawsuits. This is all just scary and now I don’t know what to do.

    Posted on December 17, 2016 at 3:48 am

  • Mable says:

    I had my ivc filter in 2012 and a piece have broken off in my heart and liver. That’s horrible news when they told you an ivc filter was best for you. Now I’m about to have it removed. Praying for the best.

    Posted on January 11, 2017 at 6:47 am

  • Carrie says:

    You should really have a ct with contrast or MRI. My husband also HAD the greenfield filter it punctured through his duodenum (2 tines), adjacent to his aorta (1 tine) only 1 time was inside the IVC…. and the head of the filter is embedded in his renal vein. 8 hour surgery involving multiple surgeons. Insertion year 1994, retrieval year 2016

    Posted on January 14, 2017 at 9:48 pm

  • Pedro says:

    Has the ivc filter been removed

    Posted on January 15, 2017 at 8:59 pm

  • Sam says:

    I had never even heard of an IVC filter until the day my nurse came in and told me they were taking it out in a couple hours. Thats when i found out i was about to have my jugular vein slit so they could shove a wire down there and pull a metal screen through 4 feet of plump juicy vein out my neck while i was still awake. Had the filter placed in me when i arrived at the hospital (in a “pretty deep sleep”) after being shot 15 times (once in the head) needless to say i was not informed of the risks. not that im concerned with life-threatening risks obviously, but if they told me about the “slicing my jugular with an evil smile on their face” retrieval method, my answer wouldve been something close to “i think ill just go ahead and die instead”

    Posted on March 9, 2017 at 4:03 am

  • Dustin says:

    In 2005 I had a Greenfield filter placed after a huge saddle pulmonary embolism occured.

    They tried to remove it approx 30 days after placement, 3 different doctors tried to remove it.

    I had a Cook Celect filter placed in 2008, I have had 3 DVTS since, the filter has perforated my vena cava and right kidney.

    I am on permanent disability, I have chronic edema in my right leg, rt kidney pain and back pain.

    I am scared all the time it’s going to fracture and kill me.

    I have survived two PE’s and 3 DVTs.

    I am only 44 and feel like I am in my ’80s

    Posted on March 17, 2017 at 3:20 am

  • Denisr says:

    I had a filter implanted in 2008, told it was permanent.. In late 2012 I started getting sick, could barely walk …lost 40 pounds… I went to Dr after Dr… My hematologist said I could stand to lose some weight, I started seing a rheumatologist, who put me through 3 years of benlysta medication infusions every month …come to find out, I didn’t need any of it, my sickness was due to my filter moving, perforated my pancreas, and one of filter legs was in my spine… I went for removal in 2013 but a piece broke off and is still in…. Put me through 3 years of infusion treatments for NOTHING !!!

    Posted on March 28, 2017 at 4:25 pm

  • Michael says:

    So very sorry to hear about your wife…I, myself, in 2010, had my second, and very massive, DVT trapped in the artery/vena cava area. The filter was clogged, creating a huge build up of emboli…I believe, (although I’m not a Dr but this seems like a common sense thing) that there was sooooo much build up from the trapped emboli it just needed that extra little push, to cause this enormous damm to break, causing the massive PE….This time around, my family was called and told to get to the hospital ASAP!!! And, that I most likely, wasn’t going to make it. The only solution they felt at the time was doing the TPA procedure, which, in itself, can kill you, by causing massive internal bleeding and/or a cerebral hemorrhage…My wife had to even sign a release of liability waiver in case I died, so we could NOT sue the hospital. So glad to know the doctors are looking out for their patients. LOL….Ironically, it were these same “Drs???” that implanted the IVC filter back in 07′. During some diagnostics testing, MRI/CT Scan/Etc they strongly suggested that they open me back up to check the filter??? So, what was I to do…? Say; NO…??? Unfortunately they put me out….and once I came to…they said (of course) that the filter was sitting perfectly, and where its supposed to be, and that they removed as much emboli around the filter as possible, trying to not let any get into my artery and back into my bloodstream…This has been documented. Man oh Man…I wish I had a tape recorder strapped to me, obscured from the Doctors. I would have loved to be privy to this procedure and the exact, verbatim conversation. I just want this damn thing out of me…I had yet another DVT/PE just last October, and this f-ing thing has done nothing to protect me from these DVT emboli becoming PE blood clots. I have lived my life in total fear…After the 2010 PE…I was laid up in bed for almost two years, beaten and battered, which led to a horrible depression and anxiety, eventually hitting a all time high….It led up to the stress factors that caused my break-up. My poor sweetheart had to be the bread winner….It felt as if I had a bad flu….aches and pains, extreme fatigue, chronic pain….This had led to my stopping a favorite past time; surfing…This WAS something that I loved to do, and did do for over 30 years….But, this foreign object still sits inside of me, and two of my DVT/PE’s had taken its toll. My sweetheart and I were together for twenty years…then POOF!!! She was gone….At least she was able to escape the day to day stress, anxiety, depression and fear caused by this illness…I simply cannot…

    Posted on April 10, 2017 at 10:57 am

  • Deidre says:

    My fiance had a G2 Filter in December 2011 & died in June 2012. However, I was told the statue of limitations has ran out to seek help. He died of an acute right thallamic hemorrhage. His blood clotted all the time & he was in pain in his groin area. He slept most of the time, lost weight & skin darkened quite a bit. We were never told of any dangers of placement of this filter. Sad thing to lose a loved ones at the expense of devices implanted to help you. No one understands the pain of watching them suffer.

    Posted on April 20, 2017 at 12:36 pm

  • Michael says:

    I had a ivc filter put in not to long ago what could happen to me because my doctor wants to leave it in me
    N/a

    Posted on July 6, 2017 at 8:51 pm

  • Karlin says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I pray that God will heal your broken heart! Make sure you get an attorney, you don’t need to pay anything.

    Posted on August 2, 2017 at 10:51 pm

  • Victoria says:

    anna-I had the same thing happen with my filter it moved sideways and moved into my vein wall. The 1st extraction team was unable to remove the filter I was sent to Stanford. There is a doctor there who developed an extraction device to remove IVC filters that have moved and or grew into the vein wall. It took 6.5 hours but he and his team were able to extract it. They said it was the worst thing they had seen regarding the IVC migration. He was an asian doctor (I can’t remember his name) but he is famous for this device. Call Stanford in Palo Alto Ca they can help you. Good Luck.

    Posted on August 12, 2017 at 5:50 am

  • Tony says:

    Have had the filter since 2008.. they couldn’t get my heprin level right so I quit taking my warfarin and have been back to hospital since! For a year now I been having stomach (side pain groin area) back pain and leg has permanent big purple bruise .. what do I do?

    Posted on August 25, 2017 at 5:50 pm

  • Vivian says:

    My Cook Bird Nest IVC Filter was inserted due to adverse reactions to lovnox and other blood thinners. This was 8/20/2008. I saw a thoracic surgeon to get a peace of mind. I had a CT Scan and the metal is still attached to OVC filter but the 1st layer of my IVC jas been perforated. So yes, it feels like a ticking time bomb. I don’t know if it will continue to perforate all the way through or not. I would bleed out before Drs could help me!!!! So speak gor yourself and leave the rest of us alone…no comments!!!! I have anxiety and PTSD which is much worse!!!!

    Posted on September 27, 2017 at 5:17 am

  • VONDA says:

    I have a Greenfield filter for about 15 years. A couple of nights ago, I felt like I had somehow broken a rib. I can’t cough or sneeze without terrible pain. I’m 82 years old. just wondering if other have terrible pain in their ribs area.

    I have had 8 scattered strokes. I’m only aware of having one stroke. Found out about the others after I passed out and a cat scan was done on my brain.

    ANY comments? No pain today unless I move about.

    Posted on November 4, 2017 at 1:53 pm

  • Wade says:

    I had a bard Ivc filter removed. Got a lawyer and did everything i was suppose to do. All the commercials on tv and on the radio. I call my so called lawyer. Oh filter was preserved and sent to lawyer. Soooo when does this SO called payout happen. Been fighting this going on 3 years now..For real has anyone got anything as far as compensation YET……..SMH…..

    Posted on December 12, 2017 at 6:35 am

  • steve says:

    i was married for 20 plus years my wife had an i.v.c. filter put in in 2009 shortly after the filter broke so they tried to remove it with no luck the put another one in they then tried to remove the broken one two more times and on the third try my beloved wife died on the operating table in 2010.she was only 40 years old with no health problems shortly after her death i filed a lawsuit against C.R.BARD it is now 2017 in a few days to being 2018 and i have yet to recieve compensation let alone justice for my wife i am deeply disturbed by the nonchalant attitude that BARD has behind the distruction of their product and the lives that are either destryed or even worst ARE LOST.

    Posted on December 25, 2017 at 11:04 am

  • lynda says:

    I’ve had a Vic filter since 2011. I have hurt every day since then. I am in pain so bad every day I can’t hardly stand it.my legs hurt me so bad. I hurt all over my body.I tell my husband I don’t know how much longer I c
    an stand the pain.

    Posted on February 8, 2018 at 5:00 pm

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