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IVC Filter Class Action Lawsuit

Patients implanted with inferior vena cava (IVC) filters — devices designed to catch blood clots before they reach the lungs — have filed lawsuits against manufacturers alleging they were defectively designed. Complications linked to IVC filters include device fracture/migration, infection, hematoma and perforation of the vena cava and/or other organs.

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 Ordered to Pay $3.6 Million in First IVC Filter Bellwether Trial

April 4, 2018 – A federal jury in Arizona on Friday ordered C.R. Bard, Inc. to pay $3.6 million to a Georgia woman who suffered serious complications after the company’s G2 IVC filter fractured inside her after being implanted. The plaintiff, Sherr-Una Booker, received the Bard G2 filter in 2007, and shortly thereafter the device fractured, tilted and migrated inside her body, causing one of its limbs to perforate her inferior vena cava, according to the suit.

Overview

IVC filters are small, spider-like devices that are inserted into the inferior vena cava to intercept blood clots before they reach the lungs. The devices are an alternative for patients at risk for pulmonary embolism (condition in which one or more arteries in the lungs become blocked by a blood clot), and are often used when anticoagulants are ineffective or contraindicated. IVC filters contain a number of legs or “struts” that extend out inside the inferior vena cava.

What’s the Problem?

Since August 2010, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has been raising concerns about complications associated with IVC filters. Hundreds of reports have been filed with the agency involving incidents where parts of the device fractured or migrated to other parts of the body, particularly the heart and lungs.

IVC Filter Complications

IVC filter recipients have reported suffering the following complications:

  • IVC Filter Fracture
  • Perforation, Puncture or Serious Damage to the Heart, Lungs or Vena Cava
  • Internal Bleeding
  • Cardiac or Pericardial Tamponade
  • Ventricle Tachycardia
  • Lower Limb Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • 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

IVC Filter Brands

Our lawyers are reviewing potential lawsuits for people who were injured by the following brands of IVC filters:
Bard IVC Filter

Cook IVC Filter

Other Retrievable IVC Filters

Plaintiffs Seek Class Action Status in Arizona Bard IVC Filter Lawsuit

August 30, 2016 – A lawsuit seeking class action status has been filed against C.R. Bard and Bard Vascular, Inc. hoping to represent thousands of patients across the U.S. who were injured by a Bard IVC filter. All plaintiffs in the proposed class action still have the filters implanted in them and none have been removed. The complaint was filed on May 5, 2016, and transferred to the Bard IVC filter multidistrict litigation (2:15-md-02641-DGC) in the Southern District of Indiana on June 21, 2016.

IVC Filter Settlements Possible Soon, Plaintiffs Say

June 29, 2016 – Plaintiffs in IVC filter lawsuits are hopeful that an upcoming conference could potentially pave the way for a settlement which would negate the need for going to trial. The conference was originally scheduled for March 2016, but was postponed to allow the defendant’s attorneys more time to confer with their clients and to review the medical literature on the devices.

Bard IVC Filter Lawsuit Filed in South Dakota

April 27, 2016 – A South Dakota woman has filed a personal injury and products liability lawsuit against C.R. Bard alleging that the company’s Eclipse blood clot filter broke apart and became embedded in her internal organs. Plaintiff Amber Nordin received a Bard Eclipse IVC filter in October 2012, according to the complaint. She subsequently discovered that the device had migrated and become lodged in her organs, and in January 2014 was forced to undergo surgery to remove the filter, which was unsuccessful.

Has an IVC Filter Class Action Lawsuit Been Filed?

There are currently at least 3 IVC filter class action lawsuits pending against Bard Medical in California, Pennsylvania and Florida. In September 2012, the Florida case was transferred to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. In the transfer notice, lawyers expected the class action to seek over $5 million in compensation and include more than 100 plaintiffs.

About Class Action Lawsuits

Although we are a nationally recognized class action firm, the Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm has decided against the filing of an IVC Filter Class Action Suit and is currently filing individual claims on behalf of individuals and/or their family members that have been injured after receiving an 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 IVC Filter Lawsuits on their behalf.

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 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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