Former recipients who have had an IVC filter installed may be entitled to file a legal claim against manufacturers as a result of poor design, not warning patients and doctors about risks, and faulty manufacturing. Unfortunately, these retrievable IVC filters may be faulty and can fracture, migrate to other locations in the body, or puncture veins. If you recently suffered adverse side effects as a result of an IVC filter, you may be eligible to file an IVC filter lawsuit with the help of an attorney.
This device was first introduced in 1979, but it became very popular for doctors who wanted to help prevent the spread of blood clots to a patient’s lungs. By 2012, nearly 259,000 filters like this had been given to patients.
Today, IVC filters may cause problems for patients because the material that makes up the filter can break down and travel throughout a patient’s body, causing injuries. The metal parts can break down and even cause internal bleeding, among other injuries. According to current lawsuits, the manufacturer knew about the dangers of these products but hid their own test results in order to keep the product on the market.
The Purpose Behind IVC Filters
Surgeons frequently implant a retrievable inferior vena cava filters, also referred to as IVCs, in certain patients who may be ineligible to take blood thinners. The purpose of the IVC filter is to prevent blood blots from traveling to the lungs.
While these IVCs may catch clots in the bloodstream and over time cause the clots to dissipate, unfortunately the Food and Drug Administration identified that there may be problems with these retrievable filters after receiving hundreds of adverse event reports. In 2010, the Food and Drug Administration warned about retrievable filter risks associated with device migration, organ perforation and filter fracture.
At that time, the FDA recommended that these filters should be taken out immediately after the risk for blood clots has dissipated. Manufacturers currently involved in IVC filter litigation include Cook Medical and C.R. Bard.
Five products are the primary source of the issues in the lawsuit, including:
- The Cook Celect Filter
- The Cook Gunther Tulip Filter
- The Bard Recovery Filter
- The Bard G2 Express filter
- The Bard G2 filter
The FDA issued a warning first in 2010 to C.R. Bard for eight different violations of federal law associated with their IVC filters. Physicians were told to remove these filters as soon as the clot risk passed and the advisory was issued once again in 2014 due to continued reports. The FDA also additionally stated that Bard violated 21 U.S.C 820.198(a) for the way the company managed complaint reports.
Patients initially filed lawsuits against Bard in two states in 2012. These lawsuits against the Cook manufacturer were consolidated in 2014 in the Indiana’s Southern District. The current number of lawsuits against the Cook numbers more than 100. Patients who received IVC filters may be eligible to participate in class action litigation after consulting with an experienced attorney. Some allegations also claim that Bard even forged a signature on their FDA approval document as well. Any patient with concerns should share these with an experienced attorney.
Although these filters were created to prevent extremely dangerous pulmonary embolisms in the lungs, they can also have critical side effects.
A report released in 2010 shows that the FDA received over 900 reports of major problems associated with these filters, including:
- 146 embolisms
- 56 filter fractures
- 328 device migrations
- 70 filter perforations
Side Effects and Risks with IVC Filters
If you notice unexplained medical issues, you need to report these to your physician as soon as possible. This may be a critical first step towards protecting your rights and filing a lawsuit with the help of an IVC filter lawyer.
Be aware of these side effects in particular, as these could be signs of a serious issues in your body after you’ve had an IVC filter implanted:
- Chest pain
- Pulmonary embolism
- Neck pain
- Internal bleeding
- Shortness of breath
If you experience any of these side effects, report your concerns to your doctor immediately. Consider scheduling a no-cost consultation with an IVC filter lawyer as well.