Bard IVC filter injury occurs when the IVC filter fractures, despite being designed to protect patients from dangerous blood clots. These medical devices are implanted in the inferior vena cava to keep blood clots from traveling throughout a patient’s body.
Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed because Bard IVC filter injury. The lawsuits allege that IVC filters break apart, or fracture, causing metal splinters to travel though a patients body.
Do IVC filters create more harm than good? That’s a matter of dispute, and a patient considering IVC filter treatment should have a candid discussion with her doctors before proceeding.
IVC filters are an established treatment for deep veined thrombosis (“DVT”) and pulmonary embolism (“PE”). Unfortunately, the evidence that IVC filters prevent DVT and PE is mixed, at best. According to a randomized trial published in 1998, the placement of an IVC filter actually resulted in a 10% increase in recurring DVT, compared to traditional care for anticoagulation.
IVC filter use has reason in the United States, with more than 250,000 IVC filters implanted in patients each year. Part of the increase may be due to the development of retrievable IVC filters — devices that can be taken out or explanted once a physician determines that a patient is no benefiting from the IVC filter. The problem is that nearly two thirds of the devices are never removed, leaving patients at risk for device failure and fracture for the rest of their lives.
As the lawsuits develop, testimony is emerging in support of patient claim that:
- As early as 2004, Bard knew that some of its IVC filters failed to meet safety specifications and posed a risk of injury or death to patients
- As early as 2004, Bard recognized that some of its IVC filters had a higher fracture rate than other similar medical devices
Clark Perdue represents numerous patients who suffer injury caused by defective medical devices, including patients who have suffered Bard IVC filter injury. If you or a loved one has been injured due to an IVC filter fracture, we may be able to help.