Cook and Bard IVC Filter Lawsuit Update in 2018 – MDL On The Way
Blood clots are dangerous occurrences which must be caught or dissolved fast before they make their way to the heart or lungs. This is because clots have the potential to block vital vessels, causing the non-movement of blood as well as oxygen to other areas of the body that need them. Doctors at the turn of the millennium created a device that would help catch clots which would then be dissolved slowly over time called an IVC filter. Inferior Vena Cava filters look like spider legs and are embedded in large veins with the aim of catching clots as they float through blood vessels on their way to other parts of the body. However, these devices have over the years been shown to be problematic, causing injury and death.
Were you fitted with an IVC filter and then went on to suffer heart attacks, an increase in blood clots, strokes, internal bleeding, sepsis and other health complications? If so, you may be eligible for compensation. Please give my law firm a call TODAY at 1 (773) 825-3547 for more information on what we can do for you. You may be able to collect money damages for things like past and future medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and other non-economic damages if we find that you have a compelling case. There are many IVC filter hearings slated for this year, so CALL 1 (773) 825-3547 NOW to lock in your opportunity for compensation.
The History of IVC Filters
The first IVC Filter received FDA approval in 2004, and to date, it is said that there are over 300,000 Americans who have had these devices fitted inside of them. IVC filters are retrievable, meaning that they can be removed from the body with the approval of the doctor or surgeon that placed them. However, most of the ones that are implanted in individuals currently are meant to be permanent, meaning that they cannot be removed by way of surgery.
IVC Complications and Symptoms
IVC filters started receiving flak in 2005, just a year after they were approved for the treatment of blood clots, with hundreds of individuals coming forward claiming that the devices had migrated from their original locations, puncturing veins as well as other organs. Others recounted how these filters had broken off, causing internal bleeding, and even causing fibrous tissue to grow around them as an attempt by the body to get rid of this foreign object by dissolving it.
Cook Group, Inc. and C.R. Bard are the two major manufacturers of the most common IVC filters in the market. Both have had to face litigation in the past in the form of multidistrict litigation due to the large number of individuals who have come forward alleging that they have been harmed by products such as the Bard G2 filter, the Bard Recovery filter, and the Cook Celect inferior vena cava filter.
Vena Cava Filter Problems – The FDA Becomes Inundated With Complaints
The FDA is now recommending the removal of retrievable IVC filters as soon as protection from blood clots that travel up to the lungs is no longer needed. The federal agency received over 900 reports of IVC complications from 2005 to 2010, with tens of thousands of complaints occurring from 2010 to 2018.
A groundbreaking expose by NBC illustrated how Bard put profit over the lives of people – in the reportage, the media outlet showed how Bard did not act swiftly to recall the Bard Recovery Filter even after 27 people died during testing, and chose to replace the product with their G2 model, which caused another 12 deaths. This information was not made available to the public.
Here are the filters that are or have been the subject of lawsuits:
- Bard Recovery
- Bard G2 and G2 Express
Defective Cook IVC filters include:
- Cook Celect
- Gunther Tulip
- Cook Celect Platinum
- Gunther Tulip Mreye
IVC Filter Lawsuit Compensation and Product Liability Law
IVC filter cases in 2018 touch on product liability law. Manufacturers are required under law to design and manufacture products which will not pose unneeded risk to the health and wellbeing of consumers. This may mean that products need to go through extensive testing as well as careful design as well as timely recalls if they are found to be defective in the future. Plaintiff are accusing C.R Bard filter makers of making false claims about their products, failing to warn consumers about the side effects associated with their products, as well as providing misleading or false information to the FDA in order to receive the FDA stamp of approval.
IVC Filter Lawsuit Deadline – Not Much Time Left
CR Bard has had cases being ruled in their favor late last year and sometime in March. However, this doesn’t mean that it’s the end of the road for plaintiff. The crux of these cases lies in compelling evidence that can be observed across the board, as well as the revelation of hidden information touching on safety data and studies that were swept under the rug by Bard Inc. and Cook Medical.
IVC Filter Settlement Payout Amounts
There are 3,700 lawsuits pending in an Arizona MDL which will be heard later this year, and a Georgia woman has already won $3.6 following health complications she suffered as a result of being harmed by these filters. If you or a loved one has had an IVC filter migration, perforation, heart attack or stroke, give us a call TODAY at 1 (773) 825-3547 to learn more about what we can do for you. We’ve been helping people just like you for over 20 years, and we bring to the table combined legal experience of over 70 years to help win your case so you can recover the compensation you need to move on with your life.
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