An inferior vena cava filter, commonly known as an IVC filter, is a metal device designed to prevent blood clots from migrating to the heart and lungs

ABOUT IVC FILTER PLACEMENT

During IVC filter placement, a filtering device is placed within the Inferior Vena Cava. Blood clots in the veins of the legs and pelvis can at times travel to the lungs where they may cause a pulmonary embolism or blockage. Inferior Vena Cava filters help reduce the risk of pulmonary embolism.
Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are placed in patients who have a history of or are at risk of developing blood clots in the legs, including patients who are:

IVC Filter Lawsuits Overview

Associated Products:  Recovery, G2, G2 Express, Celect, Günther Tulip, and Greenfield Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filters

Companies Involved:  C.R. Bard, Cook Medical, Boston Scientific

Common Uses:  To prevent pulmonary emboilsm in at-risk patients

How Many Lawsuits:  12,500+

Major Side EffectsOrgan Damage or Perforation, Blood Clots, Device Migration or Fracture

Settlement Details: Settlement Amounts Not Disclosed

Lawsuit Locations: Southern District of Indiana

  • Diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Diagnosed with pulmonary embolus
  • Trauma victims
  • Immobile

IVC filters are used when patients cannot be successfully treated by other methods, including blood thinning agents.

PROMINENT COMPANIES WHICH HAVE BEEN SUED FOR PRODUCTION OF DEFECTIVE FILTERS

  • C. R. Bard
  • Cook Medical
  • Cordis
  • Boston Scientific (Greenfield)
  • B. Braun
  • Argon Medical

IVC FILTERS LITIGATION AND SETTLEMENT

As of 2019, more than 9,000 lawsuits have been filed alleging that various types of inferior vena cava filters, which doctors implanted in patients, have perforated or fractured in their bodies, causing pain and leading to removal surgeries. Among the several device manufacturers listed in the lawsuits, C.R. Bard Inc. and Cook Medical Inc. face the largest number of cases, clocking in over 4,000 each.

In 2016, plaintiffs with existing IVC filter implants filed a petition seeking coordination, which was transferred to MDL 2641[1]. As of February 2019, 6,332 actions are pending in MDL 2641 (IN RE: Bard IVC Filters Products Liability Litigation), with bellwether trials still underway.

As the number of actions against Cook Medical for defective IVC filters grew in 2015, pretrial proceedings moved forward with cases consolidated to form MDL 2570 (IN RE: Cook Medical, Inc., IVC Filters Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation), with the first bellwether cases selected in 2016. Currently, there are 5,313 cases pending in the Cook IVC Filter MDL, alleging defective design, misrepresentation, and failure to warn doctors and patients

Notable Cases

SHERR-UNA BOOKER – ARIZONA

The jury of a federal court in Phoenix awarded Booker $3.6 million after her IVC filter fractured, resulting in open heart surgery to remove the pieces. This case was the first of many IVC filter liability litigations against Bard. The plaintiff was awarded $2 million in damages, in addition to $1.6 million in punitive damages as a result of the verdict in March 2018

LISA DAVIS – MICHIGAN

In 2011, Lisa Davis filed a lawsuit against Bard in the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan Southern Division. Post being implanted with a G2 series filter in 2006, the device fractured and migrated to Davis’ heart in 2008, causing ongoing heart issues. The lawyer of the plaintiff notified the judge in 2013 that a settlement was reached.

KELLY AND CHRIS VLASVICH – ILLINOIS

Kelly and Chris Vlasvich filed a lawsuit against C. R. Bard in 2013 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Kelly Vlasvich’s IVC Filter “Bard G2” fractured in 2011, damaging her heart and lungs. The parties filed a motion for dismissal in 2015 and the case was closed.

LISA AND MARK HYDE – ARIZONA

Selected as the third bellwether trial, Lisa and Mark Hyde filed a lawsuit against C. R. Bard in 2015 after Lisa Hyde’s IVC filter implant tilted and fractured. Hyde’s claim to receive compensation for future arrhythmia was tossed due to a law in Wisconsin, where Hyde’s IVC filter was implanted. Judge Campbell of the U.S. District Court of Arizona ruled that the law states that “future injuries and medical care must be established by a medical probability, not a mere possibility.” Ultimately, the jury found for Bard in October 2018.

ELIZABETH HILL – FLORIDA

The plaintiff, Elizabeth Hill, had the Cook Celect IVC filter implanted in 2010, and later suffered from varying complications of pain and fatigue. In 2014 Hill filed a lawsuit against Cook and alleged that the blood clot filter had to be surgically removed three years post its implant, as it was found to have perforated her IVC and the duodenum of her small intestine. The jury ultimately found her evidence to be thin and the case resulted in a defense verdict in November 2017. This was the first bellwether case against Cook.

ARTHUR GAGE – INDIANA

Since 2015, Smith & Nephew has paid out two very large settlements to settle many of the individuals and their families who have filed claims against it. However, as per the company’s 2017 financial report, most of these settlement claims were paid by the company’s liability insurer, leaving the device maker a bill of $25 million.

THE FAMILY OF CINTHIA K. RATLIFF – OHIO

Boston Scientific, another company that manufactures IVC filters, was hit with a wrongful death lawsuit in 2015 after its Greenfield vena cava filter allegedly caused severe injuries that led to the death of Cinthia Ratliff. According to the suit filed in the United States, District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, design defects caused the device to fail and perforate Ratliff’s vena cava, resulting in the severe internal bleeding from which she died in 2013. The autopsy report established this allegation, stating the cause of death as “perforation of inferior vena cava by greenfield filter with retroperitoneal hemorrhage.” The case was dismissed in March 2017 when a settlement agreement was reached

YOU MAY RECEIVE COMPENSATION IN A LAWSUIT AGAINST DEFECTIVE IVC FILTER MANUFACTURERS BASED ON THE FACTORS BELOW

The amount of compensation you may receive depends on a variety of factors, such as:

  • the duration and severity of your complications
  • the costs of treatments or surgeries
  • lost income as a result of complications

An IVC filter Attorney can help you understand what compensation may be available to you based on your circumstances. If you or a loved one has suffered damages due to fractured IVC Filter and is considering filing a lawsuit, consider contacting an IVC Filter Attorney for a free case evaluation.

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