IVC Filter Lawsuit Seeking Medical Monitoring Gets August Hearing


Thousands Of Bard IVC Filter Lawsuit Filings Allege Bard’s Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filters Fracture, Tilt, Migrate And Cause Serious Injuries.

IVC Filter Lawsuit ivc-filter-lawsuit-attorney-class-action-lawsuits-4An August 11 hearing is scheduled in the District of Arizona on certifying a proposed IVC class-action lawsuit over C.R. Bard’s Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters. The class-action seeks a medical monitoring program for patients implanted with Bard’s IVC filters used to trap blood clots. In addition to the class-action complaint, more than 2,200 IVC filter lawsuit filings are pending against Bard in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the District of Arizona. Plaintiffs allege Bard’s IVC filters are prone to fail by breaking, tilting, migrating and perforating the vena cava, heart and lungs which causes serious injuries and even death. (In Re: Bard IVC Filters Product Liability Litigation – IVC Filter Lawsuit MDL No. 2641)

“Patients implanted with IVC filters could be at risk for serious injuries when the filters fail, and this is why plaintiffs in the class-action are requesting a medical monitoring program,” says Dr. François Blaudeau, founder of Southern Med Law.

Southern Med Law attorneys have been speaking with patients who experienced life-threatening injuries allegedly due to Bard IVC filter failure. If you have been injured by IVC filters, contact Southern Med Law for a free legal evaluation by calling (205) 547-5525 or visit southernmedlaw.com for more information on this and other defective medical devices and to fill out a contact form.

In a joint status report filed July 7, attorneys for the plaintiffs and defendants asked U.S. District Judge David G. Campbell whether he wanted expert evidence or fact witnesses presented at the August 11 hearing. The proposed class-action complaint was filed last year by 11 plaintiffs seeking to represent Bard IVC filter implant patients nationwide. According to the IVC filter lawsuit, the proposed monitoring program would:

Determine whether a Bard IVC filter should be removed
Gather information on the appearance, condition, and location of the IVC filter
Determine whether the IVC has fractured, migrated, perforated, or tilted

This would provide a doctor with the information necessary to safely remove a Bard filter, the lawsuit states. The plaintiffs have implants of Bard’s Recovery, Eclipse, G2, Meridian and Denali filter systems.

IVC filters are small devices implanted in the inferior vena cava, a major vessel that returns blood from the lower half of the body to the heart. The IVC filter traps blood clots within its struts to stop them from traveling to the heart and causing a heart attack or to the lungs and causing a pulmonary embolism. Problems with IVC filters occur when the device tilts or the struts fracture, migrate and penetrate the heart, lungs and vena cava. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends removing IVC filters within 29 to 54 days because the longer the device remains implanted in a patient, the greater the risk of failure.

In a class-action lawsuit, one or more plaintiffs file one complaint that seeks to represent an entire group of people with similar legal claims. Conversely, a MDL consolidates individual lawsuits and centralizes them in one federal court for coordinated pretrial proceedings. In August 2015, a MDL for Bard IVC Recovery and G2 IVC filter lawsuits was established in Arizona. The IVC filter complaints assert Bard’s filters fail by migrating, tilting, and breaking and the company failed to conduct adequate clinical testing to ensure the medical devices would perform safely and effectively. (In Re: Bard IVC Filters Product Liability Litigation – IVC Filter Lawsuit MDL No. 2641)

About Southern Med Law And Filing And Joining The IVC Filter Lawsuit

Throughout his career, Dr. Blaudeau has worked hard to develop a strong reputation in healthcare litigation. His first-hand knowledge of medicine has made the Southern Med Law team an aggressive and effective advocate for those who were harmed due to negligent medical device manufacturers. If you or a loved one were injured by a Bard retrievable IVC filter, please contact Southern Med Law today to learn more about your legal rights. Call today for a free, no obligation Bard IVC filter lawsuit review by filling out our online form, or by calling the office directly at 205-547-5525.

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