Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters are medical devices that prevent pulmonary embolisms (blood clots in the lungs) of patients who cannot take a blood-thinning medication. The implant is designed with thin wire “struts” arranged in a cone-shape. Unfortunately, if these struts break, they can migrate and perforate internal organs. The FDA has received over 1,000 adverse event reports involving IVC filters.
Free IVC Filter Class Action Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or your loved one was injured by an IVC filter, contact our law firm immediately for a free case consultation. If you join a class action lawsuit, you could receive compensation for your injury, medical expenses, and more.
What is the problem?
Permanent IVC filters have been used for decades and they have a well-established safety profile. The problem is with temporary IVC filters, which are supposed to be removed as soon as a patient is no longer at risk of a pulmonary embolism. These newer devices, such as C.R. Bard’s Recovery IVC filter, have only been on the market since 2002.
Unfortunately, when a temporary IVC filter is not retrieved in a timely manner, it can potentially fracture, migrate, or perforate internal organs. In 2005, C.R. Bard voluntarily withdrew the Recovery IVC filter after it was associated with an alarming number of adverse events.
Several studies have been published to warn about these life-threatening side effects. In February 2012, JVIR published a study linking the Bard Recovery to a 40% fracture rate after 5.5 years. In 2010, the Archives of Internal Medicine published a study in which researchers warned:
“The Bard Recovery and Bard G2 filters had high prevalences of fracture and embolization, with potentially life-threatening sequelae.”
IVC Filter Side Effects
- IVC filter fracture
- Embolization of filter fragments
- Erosion or perforation of the Inferior Vena Cava
- Organ damage
- Cardiac tamponade
- Hemorrhagic pericardial effusion
- Emergency surgery
- Parts of IVC filter permanently embedded in body
- And more
What is a Class Action Lawsuit?
Class action lawsuits involves any group of people who have similar injuries from the same defendant. One of the most common class actions involves product liability. For example, when a defective medical device causes numerous injuries, federal judges may establish a class action or Multi-District Litigation (MDL) to improve efficiency of a large litigation. In a class action, many plaintiffs are represented by one “class representative,” and one law firm fights for compensation on behalf of the entire group.
IVC Filter Class Action Lawsuits
Three IVC filter class action lawsuits were filed in Pennsylvania, California, and Florida in 2012. The first class action was filed in Palm Beach County on July 26 on behalf of Samantha Bouldry, Eula Huff, Sandra Lorenz, and Janet Roberts. Two additional class actions were filed on August 9. One was filed on behalf of David DeLeon and Richard Gonzalez in Los Angeles in the Superior Court. The other was filed on behalf of Goldie Brown and Shantel Brown in Philadelphia.
Schmidt & Clark, LLP is evaluating IVC filter injury claims throughout the United States for inclusion in a class action lawsuit. If you were injured, our lawyers may be able to fight for your right to justice. You could potentially receive compensation for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost income, permanent injuries, and more.
Do I have an IVC Filter Class Action Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in IVC filter lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.
Free IVC Filter Class Action Information: Again, if you or a loved one was injured by an IVC filter, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing an individual claim or joining an IVC filter class action lawsuit, and we can help.