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Bard Meridian IVC Filter Lawsuit

Were you injured after receiving a Bard Meridian Inferior Vena Cava Filter? These devices, which are supposed to protect against blood clots, have recently been linked to complications including fracture/migration of the device, perforation of the heart, lung or vena cava, and hemorrhage.

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.

Update: New Jersey Woman Sues Bard Over Meridian IVC Filter Complications

June 20, 2016 – A woman from New Jersey who was allegedly injured after receiving a Bard Meridian IVC filter has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer. The complaint (PDF) was entered today in the Bard IVC filter MDL (IN RE: Bard IVC Filters Products Liability Litigation) on behalf of Plaintiff Renee Harris, who allegedly suffered unspecified injuries after being implanted with a Meridian vena cava filter in September 2013. Harris is seeking a jury trial as well as both compensatory and punitive damages.

Bard IVC Filter Lawsuit FAQ

The Bard Meridian IVC Filter is a tiny, umbrella-shaped device that prevents blood clots from traveling from the lower body to the lungs and/or heart. Patients are often implanted with Bard blood clot filters if they are determined to be at risk of developing a pulmonary embolism, and are unable to use anticoagulant medications. Unfortunately, these devices have recently been found to have the tendency to fail after being implanted. When the arms or “struts” of Bard Meridian filters rupture or break loose in the body, the following complications may result:

  • Fracture of the IVC Filter
  • Perforation, Puncture or Serious Damage to the Heart, Lungs or Vena Cava
  • Internal Bleeding
  • Cardiac or Pericardial Tamponade
  • Ventricle Tachycardia
  • Lower Limb DVT
  • Hematoma or Nerve Injury at the Puncture Site
  • Constant and Severe Pain in the Heart, Chest or Elsewhere in the Body
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Infection
  • Death

FDA Warning on Vena Cava Defects

In August 2010, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning stating that IVC filter recipients faced a significant risk of developing adverse health complications (the longer the device remained implanted, the greater the risk). FDA implied that the devices should be removed as soon as the pulmonary embolism risk subsided. Since 2005, the agency has received at least 900 complaints about potentially defective vena cava filters.

Risks Posed by the Bard Meridian Filter

  • The IVC filter can become stuck in the wrong area
  • The filter may change position after being implanted
  • Device may puncture nearby organs
  • IVC filter may break away from the implant site and migrate to the heart, lungs or other organs
  • Filter may become so filled with clots that it can block all of the flow in the blood vessel
  • In some cases, “retrievable” filters are unable to be removed

Fracture / Embolization Warning Signs

Warning signs that an IVC filter has failed may include:

  • Severe pain in the heart or chest
  • Anxiety
  • Pulmonary embolus
  • Respiratory compromise
  • Hemorrhage
  • Perforation of organs, tissues or blood vessels

Patients who believe their IVC filters may have fractured should contact their doctor immediately. A computerized tomography (CT) scan or other test will be used to determine whether the device has failed.

IVC Filter Lawsuit Compensation

If you or a loved one was injured after being implanted with a Bard Meridian IVC Filter, you may be entitled to compensation. Our lawyers are helping clients by filing lawsuits on behalf of victims and their families around the country. We represent our clients on a contingent fee basis, meaning there are absolutely no legal fees to you unless we achieve a favorable outcome in your case. If we determine that you have a valid claim, compensation may be available to you to assist with:

  • Medical expenses
  • Travel costs
  • Lost earnings
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium
  • Wrongful death of a loved one

Do I Have a Bard Meridian 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 Meridian IVC Filter Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death 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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