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Bard IVC Filter Lawsuit Filed in Florida

In what appears to be the latest in a wave of similar litigation, a Florida woman has filed a Bard IVC Filter Lawsuit after doctors were unable to remove one of the company’s inferior vena cava filters that migrated into her kidneys after being implanted. Bard G2 IVC filters are used on patients at risk of developing life-threatening blood clots who are unable to take anticoagulant medications. However, IVC filters have recently been reported to fracture, perforate the vena cava, and migrate to other parts of the body when left implanted for prolonged periods of time.

Bard IVC Filter Complications Update 3/21/13: Two studies and an editorial published this week in JAMA Internal Medicine raised questions about the placement of inferior vena cava filters. The research indicates that not only is there a lack of evidence establishing the effectiveness of IVC filters, but that a lack of data has led to great uncertainty as to how to correctly use the implants. Click here to learn more.

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’s the Problem?

The new Bard IVC Filter Lawsuit was filed on behalf of Lessie Tillman in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida on March 1, 2013, claiming that the G2 inferior vena cava filter is defective and unreasonably dangerous. According to court documents, Tillman was implanted with a G2 filter in February 2008, and a year later found that it had migrated to her left renal vein. Doctors then tried unsuccessfully to remove the device, leaving Tillman with permanent injuries that will require lifelong medical monitoring.

Unlike earlier IVC filters, the Bard G2 was designed so that it could be removed after the patient’s threat of blood clots subsides. However, in a large number of cases, physicians have left these IVC filters in place, thus increasing the risk that the devices will fracture, migrate, or do other serious damage to the body. A 2010 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that the G2 failed in approximately 12% of recipients.

According to allegations raised in Tillman’s complaint, Bard failed to adequately research its G2 IVC filter before bringing it to market, or to warn the public and medical communities about the health risks associated with the device. The suit, which seeks both compensatory and punitive damages, charges Bard with:

  • negligence
  • failure to warn
  • design and manufacturing a defective medical device
  • breach of warranty
  • negligent misrepresentation

Do I Have an 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 IVC filter lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new IVC filter 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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