IVC blood clot filters linked to serious and potentially fatal complications

by Jim Orr

Patients who are implanted with an inferior vena cava filter (IVC filter) may be at risk of suffering serious and potentially fatal complications from these devices, according to the Food and Drug Administration and health researchers who have studied these devices. IVC filters are used to prevent a pulmonary embolism in patients who cannot be successfully treated with anticoagulant medications.

In 2010, the FDA warned about the risk of complications for patients who have been implanted with IVC filters after the agency received more than 900 reports of problems with these devices. When IVC filters become broken inside the body, metal pieces of the device can travel through the bloodstream, causing serious and potentially fatal complications. Even when the device remains intact, IVC filters may also migrate from the site of implantation, putting patients’ health in serious jeopardy.

Because of the risk of complications linked to IVC filters, the FDA has recommended that patients who are treated with retrievable filters should have these devices removed as soon as possible. However, according to a study published by JAMA Internal Medicine, only about 10% of IVC filters can be safely removed by doctors.

The FDA has received an especially high rate of reported complications among patients who received IVC filters manufactured by two companies in particular: C.R. Bard and Cook Medical. Reports to the FDA and medical research has shown that IVC filters manufactured by Bard—including the company’s Recovery and G2 series filters—have a higher rate of complications than competitor devices. A study published in the medical journal Cardiovascular Interventional Radiology also found a high rate of complications among patients who were treated with IVC filters made by Cook Medical, including the Cook Celect and Cook Gunther Tulip IVC filters.

Dozens of lawsuits against C.R. Bard and Cook Medical have been filed by patients who suffered complications from IVC filters manufactured by these companies. Experts have predicted that more lawsuits involving complications linked to IVC filters will be filed as a result of the hundreds of thousands of patients that have been implanted with IVC filters manufactured by Bard, Cook, and other medical device companies each year.

Complications from an IVC Filter? You May Qualify to File a Lawsuit.

Patients who have suffered complications from an IVC filter manufactured by C.R. Bard, Cook Medical, or other medical device manufacturers may be eligible to file a lawsuit. The first step in taking legal action is to speak with a law firm with the knowledge and experience in handling lawsuits involving defective medical devices to successfully handle your case from start to finish.

At Heygood, Orr & Pearson, we believe that when companies who manufacture medical devices fail to properly ensure that their products meet minimum health and safety standards, they should be held accountable for the injuries and illnesses caused by their products. We believe that all patients deserve access to qualified legal counsel to represent their interests and ensure that their rights our protected.

Heygood, Orr & Pearson has won hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients. Our firm has considerable experience and expertise when it comes to pursuing claims against the drug and medical device industry. The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have represented hundreds of individuals who have been injured by dangerous medical devices, including surgical mesh and defective hip and knee replacements.

If you or a loved one have suffered complications caused by a defective IVC filter, you may be eligible to take legal action. For a free consultation about your case and to learn more about whether you qualify to file a lawsuit, contact the attorneys at Heygood, Orr & Pearson by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001. You can also contact our office by following the link to our free case evaluation form and answering a few simple questions about your case to get started.

by Jim Orr

Jim Orr is a licensed attorney and a partner at HO&P focusing on business and personal injury litigation. Jim was selected multiple times to the Super Lawyers List and has tried 70+ cases to verdict.