Inferior Vena Cava filters (IVCs) are implanted into patients’ veins by a vascular surgeon if the patients cannot take blood thinners, known as anticoagulants. IVCs can catch the clot while it is in the blood stream. After a while, the blood clots dissolve. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) collected hundreds of adverse reports about IVCs including punctured organs, blood vessels and filter migration to other areas of the body.
If you suffered severe side effects as a result of IVC filter migration, fracture, embolization, perforation or thrombosis, contact the experienced attorneys at Gary Logsdon & Associates now to get your FREE case consultation.
FDA STATEMENT ABOUT IVC FILTERS
The FDA issued a warning back in 2010 specifying IVCs should be removed as quickly as possible once the patient’s risk for blood clots diminished. In 2014, the FDA issued another safety communication update, specifying that most IVCs need to be withdrawn between the 29th and 54th day after they have been implanted. Unfortunately, this update was too late for most patients; and many lawsuits were being filed across America with claims that the retrievable IVC filters caused harm and even death in some cases.
IVC FILTERS NAMED IN LITIGATION
Two companies, C.R. Bard, and Cook Medical, are the main manufacturers involved in the IVC filter litigation. At the core of the lawsuits, there are five main filters:
The Cook Celect filter
The Cook Gunther Tulip filter
The Bard G2 Express filter
The Bard G2 filter
Amongst the lawsuits filed, there are many claims made by the manufacturers. The claims include the following:
failure to warn patients of risks
breach of implied warranty
design defects in IVC filters
negligent misrepresentation on the part, the companies, and their subsidiaries
manufacturing defects in the IVC filter
If you suffered severe side effects as a result of IVC filter migration, fracture, embolization, perforation or thrombosis, contact the experienced attorneys at Gary Logsdon & Associates in Bowling Green, Leitchfield, Morgantown, or the Franklin Kentucky areas today. We’re currently offering free consultations to patients interested in learning more about their legal options. For a no-cost case eligibility evaluation, call or complete our contact form.