IVC filter lawsuits hold negligent companies accountable
While IVC filters have been in use since 1979, the newer generations of these devices have a different design that allows them to be retrievable by surgeons. New IVC filters, including the Bard Recovery, Bard G2, Gunther Tulip, and Cook Celect, have been shown to puncture the walls of patients’ inferior vena cavas within 71 days of placement. Experts suggest over 50% of all these retrievable filters will fail over the course of five years. In the one year the Bard Recovery filter was sold, 27 people died because of the device.
If you have an IVC filter, or a loved one has an IVC filter, you may qualify for compensation. Thousands of patients have sued Bard, Gunther, Cook, and other device manufacturers, arguing that the companies knew the filters were dangerous and sold them anyway.
Of the thousands of lawsuits that have been filed, one recently went to trial where the jury reached a verdict. On March 30, 2018, a jury in Phoenix, Arizona, found C.R. Bard responsible for failing to warn the public about the dangers of their IVC filters and awarded the plaintiff, Ms. Booker, $3.6 million. The Bard G2 filter implanted in Ms. Booker broke apart, sending metal fragments into her heart.
Don’t wait to consult an attorney about your filter. Even if you aren’t showing symptoms of any of the common IVC filter complications yet, you may still have been implanted with a faulty filter.
If you have an IVC filter, seek help immediately
If you have been implanted with a retrievable IVC filter, take these steps right away:
- Consult your doctor. Your doctor will be able to review your medical records, determine the exact make of your filter, run tests to determine if your filter is faulty, document and treat your symptoms, and refer you to a specialist to have it removed. These filters can fracture, migrate into your heart, lungs, or other organs, and perforate blood vessels and organs.
- Consult an attorney. Whether or not you’re sure you have a faulty IVC filter, you should consult with an experienced, Board Certified attorney right away. Attorneys with experience handling defective products cases will help you understand your legal rights, if you qualify for compensation, and help you make an informed decision about what to do next. An experienced attorney will be able to explain the window of time in which you can file your claim against the company, how long your claim may take, and answer all of your questions.
Take action now to protect your legal rights and your health. An IVC filter lawsuit against C.R. Bard, Cook, Gunther, or another manufacturer may be your only defense against a mountain of future medical bills and a way to hold the company accountable for producing a defective filter.
Get a free and confidential IVC filter lawsuit evaluation before it’s too late
Everyone with an IVC filter should consult an attorney. Even if you aren’t feeling any symptoms of filter complications, you have probably incurred medical bills because of your filter and don’t even know it. If your filter is defective or has failed, you will be facing a mountain of medical bills, potentially permanent changes to your health, as well as pain and suffering. If your loved one was killed because of an IVC filter, you may receive additional compensation.
The longer you wait to have your case evaluated, the more you risk.