A Georgia man has joined the litigation alleging C.R. Bard manufactured defective IVC filters that caused injuries. According to the Bard IVC filter lawsuit, the plaintiff was implanted with the Denali Vena Cava Filter in 2015. According to the complaint, the patient and doctors were unaware of the risks presented by Bard’s vena cava filter up to and including death. The lawsuit names C.R. Bard as well as Bard Peripheral Vascular Inc.
The Bard IVC filter lawsuit alleges that patients suffered severe injuries after being implanted with “retrievable” IVC filters.
“Plaintiffs bring this action for personal injuries and/or wrongful death damages suffered by an injured or deceased party or parties as a direct and proximate result of an injured or deceased party being implanted with a defective and unreasonably dangerous Inferior Vena Cava (‘IVC’) filter medical device manufactured by Bard,” alleges the lawsuit.
According to the Bard IVC filter lawsuit, the devices are designed to filter blood clots that can potentially travel from the lower portions of the body to the heart and lungs. While IVC filters were originally designed to be permanently implanted, Bard developed retrievable IVC filters, like the one the plaintiff was implanted with.
The plaintiff alleges that C.R. Bard wanted to tap into the IVC filter market with the temporary filters. In 2003, the Food and Drug Administration approved the devices. But, alleges the Bard IVC filter lawsuit, FDA approval was “obtained despite lack of adequate testimony on the safety and efficacy of the new line of devices.”
Research conducted since 2003 reveals that the temporary filters carry a much higher risk to patients than initially reported to the FDA, alleges the plaintiff.
The results of a 2015 study showed that “without any question that IVC filters are not only utterly ineffective but that they are themselves a health hazard.”
“As recently as October 2015, an expansive article published in the Annals of Surgery concerning trauma patients inserted with IVC filters concluded that IVC filters were not effective in preventing pulmonary emboli, and instead actually caused thrombi to occur,” alleges the Bard IVC filter lawsuit.
The plaintiff and many others allege that the Bard IVC filter caused them injuries and damages, including;
- wrongful death of a spouse, child, parent, or other legally-cognizable relationship;
- pain and suffering;
- bodily injuries of any type (including, perforation of organs and venous structures, thromboembolic events, and cardiovascular injuries);
- physical trauma;
- emotional and psychological trauma;
- diminished capacity;
- loss of consortium;
- hedonic damages;
- past medical expenses;
- future medical expenses;
- caregiving costs;
- lost wages;
- loss of earning capacity; and
- other damages.
The Bard IVC Filter Lawsuit is In re: Bard IVC Filters, Case No. 2:17-cv-04094-DGC, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona.
If you or a loved one have been implanted with a Bard IVC filter, contact the attorneys at McDonald Worley to see if you have a claim. The case review is free.
Disclaimer: McDonald Worley is not representing the plaintiff in this lawsuit.