IVC Filter lawsuits deal with the failure of IVC devices. The manufacturing company failed to warn physicians as well as patients about the side effects of these devices. Risks of breaking of filters and movements of metal fragments through the blood that may result in potential damage to an organ are on the rise these days. Here are four things that one needs to know about IVC filters lawsuits.
1. Status of IVC filter litigation
The very first lawsuit was filed by Plaintiffs in Pennsylvania against Bard in the year 2012. In October 2014, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) amalgamated the lawsuits from 11 different districts against Cook to a Multidistrict Litigation. More than 1000 lawsuits have been filed against Cook so far. The number of pending lawsuits in the Multidistrict Litigation has increased to more than 1,000.
2. Class action lawsuits
Claimants of IVC filters have filed against Bard, a three class-action lawsuit in the courts of California, Pennsylvania and Florida. The lawsuit argues that the litigant with G2 Express filters and G2 filters, which have neither migrated nor fractured, must receive careful medical monitoring due to negligence, suppression of data as well as mis-representation of data from Bards. In addition to the pending class actions, few attorneys have chosen to file up individual lawsuits for amalgamation in MDL. As per the attorneys, the class actions might force the litigants to take lower recovery while they are paying a major portion to the attorneys backing them.
The IVC filter Attorneys who have filed lawsuits claim that Cook Medical as well as C.R Bard are guilty of negligence as well as manufacturing a highly defective product. As per the court documents, the companies were aware of the defective product, but continued selling it without informing the public with respect to their risks. Although the IVC filters were designed by the manufacturers to prevent pulmonary embolism which is life-threatening, they avoided informing people about the side effects which are life-threatening. As per the report which was released in 2010, the FDA has received more than 900 reports of adverse events which are associated with the IVC filter.
4. Lawsuit cases
Bard was sued by Lisa Davis after a G2 filter was implanted in 2006 which later migrated and fractured her heart in 2008, thereby resulting in on-going issues. Lisa Davis has refused to undergo an open heart surgery for removal of the fragment. She has to take blood thinners for dealing with the situation for the rest of her life. Lisa claims that Bard failed to issue warnings to her physician about the risks of using G2 filter. Lisa sued for compromised ability to earn wages, physical trauma and anxiety.