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Bard G2 IVC Filter Class Action

The lawyers at Schmidt & Clark, LLP, are investigating problems with the Bard G2 Inferior Vena Cava Filter, a medical device used to prevent blood clots. Patients implanted with this device and others like it are at risk of developing life-threatening complications if the filters fracture or break. If you suffered an injury after receiving a Bard G2 IVC Filter, and are interested in filing a class action lawsuit seeking compensation for your injuries, our lawyers can help.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has had an IVC filter implanted, you should contact our law firm immediately. Our lawyers are evaluating every individual case regardless of whether you have been injured or not. So, if you have received an IVC filter implant, we would like to speak with you. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.

What is the Bard G2 IVC Filter?

The G2 Filter System is nearly identical to the Bard Recovery IVC Filter, and is used for the prevention of pulmonary embolism via surgical placement into the vena cava. The G2 was updated as a result of continued product improvement, and its delivery system was modified from the Recovery. The design, material, components, technology and use of the G2 IVC filter is almost identical to that of the Recovery.

FDA Warning on IVC Filters

Since IVC filters entered the U.S. market in 2005, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has received at least 921 injury reports involving these devices. Specifically,  it was reported that vena cava filters have the tendency to fragment and embolize after being implanted. Of the 921 reports:

  • 328 cases involved device migration
  • 146 involved embolization or detachment of device components
  • 70 IVC perforations
  • 56 filter fractures

After reports that the struts of the Bard Recovery filter had broken off inside the body of patients in 2005, the company attempted to modify the device to correct this design flaw. The redesigned G2 IVC filter has since been implanted in over 65,000 people around the country.

Bard Filter Medical Studies

A recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine (now JAMA Internal Medicine) looked at the potential health risks posed by the Bard Peripheral Vascular Recovery and the G2 vena cava filters. Specifically, the study’s authors examined the rate of complications patients experienced after these devices were implanted.

Dr. William Nicholson and a research team from York Hospital in Pennsylvania looked at 189 patients who were implanted with a Bard Recovery or G2 vena cava filter from April 2004 to January 2009. Among the test subjects, 35 patients died, 10 had their filters removed, and 1 was pregnant. Eighty patients underwent fluoroscopy to assess the integrity of their IVC filter. Patients who reported any kind of fragmentation underwent echocardiography and cardiac CT. Of the 80 test subjects, 52 had been implanted with the Bard G2 filter.

The study determined that 16% of patients’ filters fractured. With the original Recovery System, 25% of filters fractured such that 1 or more struts would break off after being implanted. More than 70% of the fragmented pieces traveled through the veins to the patient’s heart, presenting life threatening symptoms such as heart arrhythmia and fluid buildup.

Despite the steps taken by Bard to redesign the original Recovery IVC Filter, Nicholson’s study found that 12% of patients with the G2 filter still experienced a fracture. The average time the patients had the implants was 50 months with the Recovery and 24 months with the G2.

About Bard G2 IVC Filter Class Action Lawsuits

Although we are a nationally recognized class action firm, the Products Liability Litigation Group at our law firm has decided against the filing of a Bard G2 IVC Filter Class Action Suit, and is currently filing individual claims on behalf of individuals and/or their family members who suffered serious injuries after receiving a Bard G2 IVC Filter.

A class action is a type of lawsuit filed with the court on behalf of large group of people or “class” of individuals that have been injured or wronged. The class is represented by the law firm and the case is generally decided upon a single member of the class who is sometimes referred to as the “class representative or class rep.”

Why Our Law Firm Is Filing Individual Lawsuits Opposed To a Class Action

In some instances, a class action may offer some advantages, as they aggregate a large number of individualized claims into one representational lawsuit. The aggregation can increase the efficiency of the legal process, lower the costs of litigation and in some cases offer the solution to a common problem wherein small recoveries do not provide the incentive for any individual or law firm to file an individual lawsuit.

However, a class action suit can also be a detriment to many class members, as they are often forced into a blanket “low ball settlement” and higher attorney fees. At Schmidt & Clark, LLP we understand that our clients are suffering emotionally and economically due to loss of wages and/or high medical bills and we plan to maximize each client’s recovery by filing individual Bard G2 IVC Filter Lawsuits on their behalf.

Do I Have a Bard G2 IVC Filter Lawsuit?

The Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Bard G2 IVC Filter Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Bard IVC Filter injury cases in all 50 states.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has had an IVC filter implanted, you should contact our law firm immediately. Our lawyers are evaluating every individual case regardless of whether you have been injured or not. So, if you have received an IVC filter implant, we would like to speak with you. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.

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