Suit against Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc., was started in federal court in New Jersey last week by a man who had previously had a Bard Recovery IVC filter placed in him and has now suffered due to the arms of the device perforating his vein. Tice v. Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc., 3:15-cv-08669-MAS-LHG.
Counsel for Mr. Tice is Rheingold, Giuffra, Ruffo & Plotkin LLP LLP, a New York City firm which specializes in mass tort actions. The Tice case will be added to the national litigation already pending in the federal court system for persons who have suffered injuries from these IVC filters, which are placed in veins to attempt to stop the movement of blood clots from the leg to the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism.
The injuries alleged in the Bard blood clot filter cases in the national litigation include perforation of the vein by the legs of the filter, sometimes leading to organ damage; fracture of filter parts; and migration of broken parts to the heart. Upwards of 27 deaths have been reported in these users.
The type of Bard filter inserted into Mr. Tice’s vena cava was promoted by the maker as removable. That is, after it was no longer needed in the body, a physician could remove it. In Mr. Tice’s case, however, attempts to remove the filter failed, due to the fact its legs were embedded in the wall of his vein and had in fact perforated through them. In the suit it is claimed that he must live with this dangerous device in him, since it cannot be safely removed.
Partner Paul Rheingold commented: “The patient is between a rock and a hard place. No doctor will remove an embedded filter because of the risk of organ damage, and yet leaving it in bears similar risks of organ perforation.”
Rheingold, Giuffra, Ruffo & Plotkin LLP is a national firm handling personal injury cases including mass torts, a field which includes the Bard filter litigation. The firm is involved in many major mass tort cases and is open to hear from other people who have filters in them which are causing problems. This involves not only the Bard brand of IVC filters but also the Cook line of filters.
Contact Paul D. Rheingold today if you or someone you know was injured by an IVC filter. Paul has over 30 years of experience in the field of Mass Torts and has published books and articles on the subject. You can reach Paul online or by telephone at (212) 684-1880.