Lawsuits Filed Against Bard for Defective IVC Filters
The defective nature of Bard’s Recovery IVC Filter and G2 IVC Filter Systems is sparking litigation around the country. On June 9, 2009, a lawsuit was filed in the Arizona Superior Court against C.R. Bard, Inc. and Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc. on behalf of plaintiffs who experienced failure of the Recovery IVC Filter system and suffered injuries as a result. On June 15, 2009, a lawsuit was filed in federal court in New York against the same parties on behalf of plaintiffs who also experienced injuries from the failure of the Recovery IVC Filter system. The lawsuits allege the Recovery IVC Filter was defective and caused life threatening injuries to the plaintiffs. Plaintiffs are seeking damages for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more.
Since the marketing and use of IVC Filters to prevent “deep vein thrombosis” or “DVT”, blood clots traveling to the lung or heart from veins in the lower portion of the body, and to treat “pulmonary emboli” or “PE”, the traveling of these blood clots to the lungs, the medical community has always been concerned about the permanent placement of these filters in the body. It is believed that these devices should only be placed in the inferior vena cava vein of the body for a determinable period of time and should be retrievable. Oddly enough, the FDA approved the Bard Recovery IVC Filter system as a device that was retrievable, but safe for permanent placement. Read more about IVC Filters.
IVC Filter Side Effects
In 2003, documented medical studies revealed the failure of the Recovery IVC Filter system. Pieces of the Recovery IVC Filter are proven to break down and fracture within the body. After fracture, these pieces often migrate to the heart or lungs. Fracture and migration can cause severe to potentially fatal injury to the human body. Conditions that may result include:
- 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.
Initial symptoms typically result in acute onset of chest pain and shortness of breath. Read more about the side effects of defective IVC filters.
Defective IVC Filter Lawyers and Lawsuits
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 us at Bernstein Leibhard for a free and confidential case evaluation by an experienced IVC Filter lawyer.