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Bard Recovery IVC Filter Lawsuit

Our lawyers are accepting potential lawsuits on behalf of people who were injured after receiving a Bard Recovery IVC Filter, a medical device used to catch blood clots before the reach the heart and lungs. This product has been linked to a high rate of fracture and migration, which can lead to life-threatening complications. 

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: Bard Recovery IVC Filters Linked to 27 Deaths, 300 Injuries

September 3, 2015 – A report aired yesterday on NBC Nightly News questioned why C.R. Bard continued to sell and market its Recovery IVC filters, even after it was aware that the devices were failing at rates significantly higher than competing brands. Recovery filters have been linked to at least 27 deaths and 300 non-fatal complications, according to NBC. Click here to learn more.

What is the Bard Recovery IVC Filter?

Approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002, Bard Medical’s Recovery IVC Filter System is used to prevent blood clots from traveling through the body and causing a pulmonary embolism (PE), a life-threatening situation that occurs when a clot becomes stuck in the lungs. In most cases, the Recovery System is implanted in patients at risk for PE who are unable to take an anticoagulant drug, or if such medications have failed in the past. The Bard Recovery IVC Filter is designed so that it can be removed or retrieved from the patient after the risk of pulmonary embolism has subsided.

Recovery catches blood clots traveling through the inferior vena cava with its 12 legs. The legs consist of 6 short struts that are positioned directly over 6 longer struts. The filter is made of Nitinol, a material that contains shape memory. However, shortly after Recovery hit the U.S. market in 2002, reports of adverse health complications began being reported in patients implanted with the device.

Bard IVC Filter Complications

Recent studies have indicated that the struts or legs of Bard Recovery IVC filters can fracture and travel to other parts of the body, particularly the heart or lungs where they may cause severe (in some cases life-threatening) injuries. Complications associated with the Bard Recovery IVC Filter System have been reported to include:

  • 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

Blood Clot Filter FDA Warning

In August 2010, the FDA issued a Drug Safety Communication regarding complications caused by IVC filters (updated in May 2014). The agency stated that the risks associated with the devices increase the longer they are left implanted. According to the warning:

“For patients with retrievable filters, some complications may be avoided if the filter can be removed once the risk of pulmonary embolism has subsided. The FDA is concerned that retrievable IVC filters, when placed for a short-term risk of pulmonary embolism, are not always removed once the risk subsides.”

Vena Cava Filter Medical Studies

A number of recent independently-conducted studies have determined that the Bard Recovery failure rate may be as high as 30% or more:

  • In 2005, a study performed by the New England Society for Vascular Surgery (NESVS) identified a 31.7% fracture rate for the Bard Recovery System after looking at injury reports submitted to the Food & Drug Administration.
  • A 2008 study published in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology (JVIR) found a 21% Bard Recovery IVC Filter failure rate.
  • In 2010, research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine (now JAMA Internal Medicine) determined that the rate of complications associated with Bard Recovery IVC filters was 25%, with the study’s authors finding that pieces of the device traveled to the heart in over 70% of those who suffered a fracture.

Do I Have a Bard Recovery 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 Recovery 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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