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Minnesota IVC Filter Lawsuits - What You Need to Know

2017-04-25 10:54:07 | Category : Medical Device & Drugs
Hundreds of plaintiffs from around the country have filed lawsuits alleging that C.R. Bard and Cook Medical are responsible for injuries caused by defective IVC Filters. Published studies report that as many as 40% of the IVC Filters will fail after being implanted for only 5 years.
IVC filters are small, cage-like devices that are placed in the inferior vena cava (IVC) in order to stop blood clots from reaching the lungs. IVC Filters have been approved only for the use in certain patients, but the use of IVC Filters reportedly extends far beyond the approved uses. In fact, one published study reports that as many as 50% of IVC Filters are implanted for reasons that have not been approved by the FDA.
IVC Filters started being implanted regularly in the 1990s, and the early devices had a very low complication rate. Starting in the 2000s, however, Bard and Cook made changes to their IVC Filters that led to hundreds of failure reports submitted to the FDA.

The IVC Filter problems include:

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The reported problems can be very serious and may result in the patient undergoing an invasive procedure to remove the IVC Filter. In fact, the FDA is aware of multiple death cases that involve IVC Filter failure.
Migration of the device within the inferior vena cava causing complications;

Fracture of the IVC Filter leading to additional surgeries; and,

Perforation of the inferior vena cava and surrounding organs and vessels.

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The reported problems can be very serious and may result in the patient undergoing an invasive procedure to remove the IVC Filter. In fact, the FDA is aware of multiple death cases that involve IVC Filter failure.
As a result of the high number of lawsuits filed against Bard, and the potential for thousands of additional lawsuits, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation issued an Order consolidating all of the lawsuits before a single judge. Plaintiffs who file their lawsuits in federal court will now be consolidated and grouped with the other lawsuits filed in federal court. This process is known as Multidistrict Litigation (MDL). However, it is possible to pursue and individual action outside of the MDL. Whether the MDL process is right for you will depend on the facts of your case. At Meshbesher & Spence, we evaluate each case individually because we understand that each situation is unique. Contact us to discuss whether participating in the MDL or pursuing your lawsuit on an individual basis is the right strategy for your case.
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