IVC Filter: Injuring Patients, Lawsuits Mounting

When medical tools work as designed they are amazing things. They can prolong lives and enhance the quality of life for patients and ease the burden on patients’ families. When they don’t work as expected medical devices can do extra harm than good, maybe killing the patient. One instance is the Cook IVC filter. Bard IVC Filter Lawsuits Are Not Class Action Lawsuits, in which each plaintiff can expect to receive only a small settlement. 

What is an IVC Filter?

The inferior vena cava (or IVC) is a huge vein carrying blood from the lower and central body into the heart where the blood is drawn into the lungs in order to have oxygen added to it. 

An IVC filter is a tool that’s surgically inserted into the IVC just below the kidneys in cases where there is fear a blood clot from the legs (deep vein thrombosis) may move from the body into the heart or lungs (pulmonary embolism).

An IVC filter is a funnel-shaped device (looks like a small badminton shuttlecock) made of wire which is assumed to act like a net, catching or breaking up a clot while permitting blood to flow through it. 

Risk Factors

The consequences can be catastrophic and have caused the losses of some patients. Some have bits of a filter attached in areas where curative removal is too dangerous and victims live with a possible medical time bomb in their bodies. Others have had pieces of the filters fortunately removed.

There are numbers of lawsuits pending on one company, the Cook Group, Inc. The lawsuits started in 2012 and have continued transferred from around the country and incorporated in federal court in Indianapolis (the company is based in Indiana).Compensation may be available through a Bard Recovery IVC filter lawsuit for individuals implanted with this filter.

These goods liability cases allege that the filters are unreliable for their intended use and Cook should be held accountable for the harm they cause. According to one study, 100% of Cook’s filters fail if left in victims’ bodies for 2½ or more months.

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