IVC filters, also known as inferior vena cava filters, are medical devices that are implanted in the inferior vena cava vein in order to filter blood clots that travel from the lower portions of the body to the heart and lungs. These clots, called “thrombi”, often develop in the deep leg veins and are called “deep vein thrombosis” or “DVT”. Once they reach the lungs, they are called “pulmonary emboli” or “PE” and can present serious, often fatal, dangers to human health. Those at greatest risk for DVT/PE and for whom medication is ineffective, are often recommended to have surgical implantation of an IVC filter to prevent these types of occurrences.
Defective Bard IVC Filters
The first IVC filter was introduced in the late 1960’s and, since then, the market has been supplemented with all types and designs of filters offered by many different manufacturers. C.R. Bard and Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc. manufacture, market, and sell the Bard Peripheral Vascular Recovery IVC Filter and G2 IVC Filter systems.
Since their manufacture, the medical community was concerned that IVC filters should not remain in the body for indeterminate periods of time. IVC filters were initially marketed to remain in the body for a finite period of time and therefore marketed as retrievable. In 2003, after FDA approval, the Recovery IVC Filter was marketed as a retrievable device, but safe for permanent placement within the body.
Since 2003, studies published in medical journals have shown the failure of the Recovery device. Studies report the Recovery IVC filter systems are prone to fracture and migration within the body. Most often, these fractured portions of the device migrate to the heart and lungs of its victim. Consequently, the Recovery system was pulled from the market and replaced by the G2 IVC filter, approved by the FDA as a permanent implant device, but not for retrievable use. Studies show that the G2 device fails in the same ways as the Recovery System.
IVC Filter Side Effects
The Recovery IVC Filter and the G2 IVC Filter may cause severe health conditions and are sparking a series of IVC filter lawsuits. The failure of these systems, including fraction and migration, can lead to a number of severe, and potentially fatal, complications including:
- Cardiac/pericardial tamponade (pressure caused by a collection of blood in the area around the heart);
- Severe and persistent pain; and
- Perforation of tissue, vessels and organs.
Typically, an individual who experiences the failure of the Recovery IVC Filter or G2 IVC Filter will experience an acute onset of chest pain and shortness of breath. Usually, this results in the necessary visit to an emergency room, hospital and/or physician for an evaluation.
IVC Filters Lawsuits and Lawyers
If you or a loved one experienced IVC filter side effects after using a Bard IVC Filter, such as the Recovery IVC Filter System or the G2 IVC Filter, you may be entitled to file an IVC Filter lawsuit seeking compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more.
Contact our experienced IVC Filter lawyers today for a free and confidential case evaluation and learn whether you can pursue an IVC Filter lawsuit.