IVC Filter Injury Lawyers California, Texas
Have you been injured or required further medical care due to an inferior vena cava filter becoming dislodged or breaking off? If so, you may be entitled to benefits and financial compensation per mass tort laws in the state where you live OR the state where you had the surgery. Contacting our team of Houston, Texas IVC filter injury lawyers is a wise move.
Please do not wait to connect with our San Diego California IVC filter injury lawyers as they offer free consultations. In addition, they charge no legal fees of any type if they do not recover for you. They are now investigating claims in all 50 states and Washington D.C.. This includes areas such as Anaheim, CA, Los Angeles, San Diego, New York, NY, Philadelphia, PA, Denver, CO, New Orleans, LA, Orlando, FL, Mobile, AL, Baltimore, MD and Richmond, VA.
What is an IVC Filter?
Inferior vena cava filters, also known as IVC filters, is a medical device used to prevent pulmonary embolism (blood clots that travel to the heart or lungs). The IVC is the main vessel that returns blood from the lower half of the body to the heart.
There are two types of IVC filters: temporary and permanent. The temporary model has a high risk of breaking (splitting) and traveling within the body. If it is left in the body for too long, the following complications may arise:
- Lower limb deep vein thrombosis
- Filter migration
- Filter perforation
- Filter fractures
- Pathogenic bacteria in the blood
Migrating filters have been known to travel throughout the body and potentially reach the heart, lungs, or other organs. This often results in emergency surgery for immediate removal.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received several reports of device malfunctions and critical health conditions arising from IVC filter use. Common health complications consists of the following:
- Blood clots
- Heart attack
- Cardiac tamponade
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Emergency removal of the device
- Pulmonary embolism
- Respiratory distress
- Shortness of breath
The FDA recommends the removal of IVC filters. The longer the device is left in the body, the harder it is to remove. If you have experienced any of the above complications, seek immediate medical assistance. Contact our law office if you have suffered medical complications as a result of an IVC filter. We may be able to obtain compensation on your behalf to treat your health condition and to cover out-of-pocket expenses associated with your injury.
IVC Filter Lawsuits
C.R. Bard and Cook Medical are the largest manufacturers of IVC filters. Women across the U.S. have filed lawsuits against these manufacturers alleging design defects, breach of implied warranty, and negligent misrepresentations regarding the device. Plaintiffs claim Bard knew about problems associated with the device and did not remove it from the market. Instead, the plaintiffs allege Bard covered up the issue and continued to manufacture the device. The primary devices named in these lawsuits include the following:
- Bard Recovery
- Bard G2 and G2 Express
- Cook Celect
- Cook Gunther Tulip
Currently, Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) lawsuits have formed in Indiana and Arizona:
- Cook Medical, Inc., IVC Filters Product Liability Litigation, MDL No.
- Bard IVC Filters Product Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2641
Class action lawsuits have been filed against Bard in Florida, Pennsylvania, and California courts.
You may be eligible to file a claim for damages if you meet the following criteria:
- You were implanted with an IVC filter
- The filter malfunctioned (broke, migrated, or did not perform as described)
- The IVC filter malfunction directly caused your injury
Depending on the nature of your injury, you may be able to recover compensation for the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages and impaired earning ability
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional anguish
- Permanent impairment
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Contact an IVC filter injury lawyer today to find out more information about how you can obtain compensation for your injury. Do not delay in filing your claim. Doing so can bar your recovery.
Regardless of where you were given your IVC filter our team of IVC filter lawsuit attorneys can help as they serve all 50 states and Washington D.C. including: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington D.C., West Virginia and Wisconsin.