Bard IVC filters were marketed as a way to prevent blood clots, protect patients, and save lives. Instead, many patients found themselves with debilitating and life-threatening complications such as bleeding, perforation, blood clots, and cardiac events. Some patients even lost their lives from these complications. If you or your family member suffered health complications after receiving a Bard IVC filter, you may have a legal right to a recovery. You need to talk to a Bard IVC filter lawsuit lawyer.
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What is an IVC filter? Why are they used?
IVC stands for inferior vena cava. The IVC is the largest blood vessel that connects the heart and the lower body. But in some circumstances, it’s possible for blood clots to form inside a persons body—and this often happens in the lower extremities (the legs). If a clot can move up the IVC and reach the heart, it can cause a cardiac emergency and potentially death. An IVC filter is a small medical device placed inside the IVC vessel, which acts to screen or “filter” any clots so that they cannot reach the heart.
Of course, not everyone faces a high risk of blood clots. Risk is highest in certain groups:
- Pregnant women
- Patients who have undergone surgery, or who require extended bed rest
- Anyone who has suffered from a stroke
- Obese individuals
- Some individuals have a genetic risk for blood clots
Even for these groups, IVC filters aren’t the only way to protect against blood clots. It’s much more common to give a patient blood thinners, which prevent clotting in the first place. But some patients can’t take blood thinners, and in those cases an IVC filter may be necessary. Doctors generally treat IVC filters as a last resort.
What is allegedly wrong with Bard’s IVC filters?
The manufacturer CR Bard started marketing its first IVC filter in 2002. Since that time, a number of potential risks have come to light. Bard IVC filters, and IVC filters in general, can actively harm a patient—or even potentially kill them. This happens when the device fails in any of several ways:
- The device migrates. This is a medical term for a filter that coms out of place and starts moving through the blood vessel, toward the heart.
- The device erodes into the IVC vessel. The filter can simply wear through the walls of the vessel around it.
- Perforation. This is when the filter punctures through the vessel and into surrounding tissue.
- Fragmentation. If the device breaks apart, small pieces of it can move through the body, damaging the IVC vessel or even becoming lodged in the heart.
The results of these malfunctions can be bleeding, cardiac emergencies, or even death. They can also lead to deep vein thrombosis, or a blood clot blocking blood flow—the very condition they were designed to control.
Are Bard’s IVC filters different from other IVC filters?
The malfunctions above can happen with many brands of IVC filter—not just Bard’s. However, Bard’s IVC filters have consistently been implicated as particularly problematic. For example, one doctor who has removed over 1,000 faulty blood filters states that Bard’s are the most common. An NBC news report also found that a Bard device, the Recovery IVC filter, had higher risks than other brands. And a confidential internal review of Bard’s own dat concluded the same thing.
In fact, even the next-generation IVC filter that was designed to replace the G2 had problems—so many that one Bard executive questioned why anyone would use it at all.
Nonetheless, Bard never recalled their IVC filters. When it became clear that their Recovery filter was causing too many complications, they stopped marketing it in 2005 just in time to introduce the newer G2, which had a similar design and many of the same problems.
As a result, countless patients were harmed—and many of those cases could have been prevented. And not every patient survived their IVC filter failure. By NBC’s count, Bard IVC filters are associated with at least 27 deaths.
I had a Bard IVC filter and I suffered a failure. What are my rights?
If you or someone you love had an IVC filter, you may be entitled to a financial recovery. We are currently speaking with patients who had any model of Bard IVC filter from 2002 onward—or who aren’t sure which manufacturer made their filter. If you or your loved one suffered migration, perforation, deep vein thrombosis, or any other health issue that may have been related to the filter, please talk to a lawyer. Bard may be liable for what happened to you.
Your financial recovery could include damages such as:
- The full cost of your medical bills
- Any lost wages or lost work time
- Pain and suffering related to the filter
- Damages for any serious personal losses, such as a long-term impact on your health
Likewise, if your loved one passed away after receiving an IVC filter, you or your family may be able to recover these damages and others in a wrongful death claim.
Money cannot restore what any patient has lost—or a lost loved one. It can help you rebuild a life. Talk to a lawyer and get the help you need.
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