Bard’s inferior vena cava (IVC) filters have unacceptable failure rates, according to the Archives of Internal Medicine. IVC filters nave been implanted into patients to prevent the onset of pulmonary embolism as a result of blood clots traveling into the lungs. They have been used for patients who, due to other health related problems, are unable to take blood thinning drugs. The complaints have been about IVC filters such as the G2 and Recovery.
Researchers have assessed the fracture and failure rates of both the Recovery and the G2 filters. They found that the occurrence of fractures and embolization with the two filters was so widespread, that implanting them has stopped.
Broken Filters Wreak Havoc In The Circulatory System
The small vena cava filters look like a cone with legs, and they are designed to catch blood clots. However, when the legs have broken away, the remaining bits of the filter are able to migrate throughout the body, perforating veins and may result in sudden death. Once the FDA has seen the study’s results, they circulated a warning to physicians alerting them of the potential dangers associated with the IVC filters. They warned that not only should patients who have had these products implanted be monitored carefully, but once the chance of blood clotting has passed, they should be removed at once.
Lisa Davis’ IVC Filter Lawsuit
Lisa Davis filed a lawsuit against Bard following the fracturing of a G2 filter which caused a fragment to travel to her heart. Davis was not willing to undergo the extreme risk of open heart surgery in order to extract the fragment, therefore she has to take blood thinners for the remainder of her life. She made the claim that Bard failed in its duty to alert her physician of the risk associated with a G2 implant, as it was told to her that the device was safe. Lisa has been physically traumatized, developed feelings of anxiety and has been unable to earn wages.
An assumption has been made by researchers that fracture and failure incidences are linked directly to how long the implant remains in the patient. Out of eighty patients who had received these IVC filters, thirteen of them had one fracture. These tiny, broken off parts are able to move directly within the circulatory system, ending up in the liver, lungs and heart. This then results in health problems and possibly even death.
Side Effects of Baird IVC Filters:
- Lung, heart and vena cava perforations
- Shortness of breath
- Cardiac or pericardial tamponade
- Ventricle tachycardia
- Severe and persistent chest pain.
Fractured G2 Filter Implant Changes The Life of Kelly Vlasvich
Kelly Vlasvich had a G2 filter implant in 2009 that fractured two years later. This prompted her and her husband, Chris, to file a lawsuit against Baird for personal injuries suffered as a result of the implant. The device traveled to various areas of her body, causing damage to her heart and lungs that resulted in the lack of her ability to lead a normal life, pain and suffering, disfigurement, disability, impairment and emotional trauma. The lawsuit stated that Bard acted negligently in the design of the G2 filter while misrepresenting the filter as effective and safe.
Recovering For IVC Filter Injuries
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries from an IVC Filter, there is help. These large corporations that make these devices are responsible for the harm they cause if they fail to warn of known dangers or negligently test these products prior to sale. You are not allowed to collect billions of dollars from patients and escape liability when the product hurts and kills consumers.
Call our IVC Filter lawyers today for a FREE Legal Consultation: 855-552-2337.
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