Retrievable IVC Filter Liability Attorneys
Retrievable IVC filters are designed to catch blood clots in patients before they reach the lungs. The IVC or Inferior Vena Cava filter, is a very small device implanted by surgeons to stop migrating blood clots. They used as a last resort for patients who cannot take blood thinners to reduce the risk of pulmonary embolism. There are a number of manufacturers but the most prominent are C.R. Bard and Cook Medical. Their products which account for the vast majority of the market share include:
- The Bard Recovery filter
- The Bard G2 filter
- The Bard G2 Express filter
- The Cook Gunther Tulip filter
- The Cook Celect filter
We are currently investigating and filing suits on behalf of injured users. Our firm handles a case from start to finish. If you or someone you know has suffered from complications of an IVC filter the lawyers at Rheingold, Giuffra, Ruffo & Plotkin LLP are here to help you explore your legal options.
Contact us today online or by telephone at (888) 260-0473 to speak with a knowledgeable Medical Device litigation law firm.
Retrievable IVC Filter Complications
At Rheingold, Giuffra, Ruffo & Plotkin LLP, we have been helping people across the nation with their most critical legal problems for over 30 years. We are able to handle a wide range of medical device liability claims, including those involving IVC filters.
Permanent IVC filters have been used for decades with few complications. More recently, starting in 2003, retrievable/temporary IVC filters have been gaining popularity. However, there have been many more complications with the temporary retrievable filters as compared to the permanent ones. Complication for the retrievable IVC filters include:
- Perforation of internal organs, and/or
The purpose of using a retrievable IVC filter is so that it can be removed once it is no longer needed. The FDA issued a safety statement in May 2014 stating that patients may face an increased risk of complications with IVC filters the longer they remain inserted. The FDA advised doctors that the ideal time for removal is between 29 days and 54 days after implantation. Unfortunately, the retrieval process can cause complications such as device fracture.
Our attorneys will work with you personally to determine the extent of the monetary damage this medical device has caused you, and what legal remedies are at your disposal. Our goal is to help you obtain monetary compensation for the financial hardships you face.
Multi District Litigation
In October 2014, many lawsuits involving Cook Medical IVC filters were centralized in a federal Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2570) in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. The Cook MDL now contains around 100 lawsuits. On August 18, 2015, federal judges centralized 22 lawsuits involving C.R. Bard IVC filters into an MDL (No. 2641) in Arizona. The MDL was assigned to U.S. District Judge David G. Campbell. More lawsuits are sure to join these MDLs.