Alabama Inferior Vena Cava Filter (IVC) Attorneys May Help Victims Recover Compensation

IVC filter lawsuits brought by the attorneys at the firm of Farris, Riley & Pitt are helping those injured by a retrievable IVC filter. Currently, Bard IVC filters and Cook IVC filters are at the center of multidistrict litigation. If you think one of these defective medical devices caused you injury, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our office with and speak with an IVC filter lawyer any questions you have about your Alabama IVC filter claim.


What is an IVC Filter?

An IVC filter may be used if you have a certain condition or are recovering from surgery. For example, an IVC filter may be used to treat a patient who is at risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or has another risk of developing blood clots.

An IVC filter is a device which is surgically placed in the inferior vena cava and is designed to trap a blood clot, or embolism before it travels from the lower body into the lungs, brain or heart of the patient. An embolism that reaches one of those areas usually causes catastrophic damage and sometimes death.


Alabama IVC Filters Cause Serious Injuries

Recently, IVC filters have caused serious health complications in many Alabama patients. Some of the injuries reported include:

  • Inferior vena cava occlusion obstruction
  • Lower-limb DVT
  • Fracture of the device
  • Movement of the filter or its parts to the heart or lungs
  • Perforation of the inferior vena cava
  • Complications stemming from the insertion
  • IVC filters have caused numerous complications in patients. Some of these include:
    • Movement/migration of the device within the body
    • Complications from removal of the device
    • Death


Medical Study Confirms Risks of IVC Filters

An IVC filter study conducted by Dr. William Nicholson from York Hospital in York, Pennsylvania was published in the November 2014 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, a publication of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

This study analyzed two IVC filters, both of which are the subject of many of the pending lawsuits; the Bard Recovery filter, made by C.R. Bard and the supposedly “new and improved” G2 filter. The study concluded that out of 65,000 G2 filters implanted, nearly 16% of them fractured. In 71% of these instances, a piece of the filter broke off and traveled to the heart.

The G2 filter, which was designed to reduce the incidents of fracture did not live up to its promise. Statistically, it did appear at first that there were fewer fractures with the G2. However, the research concluded that this reduction was not due to the filter itself being designed differently or more reliable. Instead, it was due to the fact that the G2 filters were all removed within 24 months. The Bard Recovery filters were in for 50 months. The research suggested that going forward, retrievable IVC filters should be removed as quickly as possible once the patients’ risks of embolism are gone.


IVC Filter Complaints-the FDA Response

IVC filters have been the basis of many complaints filed with the FDA. In May 2014, the FDA issued an updated communication regarding the filters. They issued this update partly in response to the nearly 1,000 reports they received over the years citing injuries from IVC filters. It was also in response to the medical research summarized above.

Some of the complaints the FDA received included the following severe injuries:

  • 328 reports of device migration (movement within the body),
  • 146 reports of embolism or device detachment,
  • 70 reports of vena cava perforation
  • 56 reports in which the filter fractured inside the body.

After careful consideration, the FDA determined that many of the injuries were caused by the retrievable filters being left inside the body longer than needed. The FDA strongly urged doctors to discuss the risks with their patients, especially the chance that IVC filters can fracture and cause serious injuries. The FDA also suggested that doctors and patients formulate a plan to have the device removed once the risk of blood clots was gone. They clearly expressed concern that the risk of danger increases the longer the filter remains in the body.

The FDA did not recall any IVC filters and IVC filters continue to cause injuries to patients. The FDA did indicate the need for additional research on the safety of IVC filters and the risks of fracture and migration.


Multi-District Lawsuits Against Manufacturers of IVC Filters

Lawsuits are pending in several jurisdictions against manufacturers of IVC filters. Most of the cases are against one of two manufacturers; C.R. Bard or Cook Medical.

In addition to negligence, the lawsuits allege that the manufacturers failed to warn doctors of the importance of removing the IVC filters in a timely manner. The lawsuits also allege that the devices were defectively designed and, therefore, increased the risk of problems, including fractures, perforation of the vena cava, migration, and multiple other injuries.

In November of 2014, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation agreed to consolidate IVC lawsuits against manufacturer Cook that are currently pending in federal courts. The Cook filters include Gunther Tulip filters and Cook. The cases will be overseen by District Judge Richard L. Young in the Southern District of Indiana.

IVC lawsuits against Bard were consolidated in August 2015, into an MDL in The District of Arizona. These cases have been assigned to Judge David G. Campbell. Several class action law suits are and its successor the G2 IVC filter.


CONTACT Alabama IVC Filter Attorneys if you have been Injured by IVC Filter

At Farris, Riley & Pitt, our IVC filter attorneys are fully committed to helping clients win fair and just settlements and awards, including compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost wages associated with their injuries.

If you are one of the thousands of people who received an IVC filter, you may have suffered injuries because of an improperly designed device. You may have even lost a loved one. The time to assert your rights against the manufacturer is limited. Contact Alabama IVC filter attorneys at Farris, Riley & Pitt today, toll-free, at (251) 245-8819.