A Missouri woman has filed a lawsuit against C.R. Bard, the maker of several different types of retrievable IVC filters, claiming the device killed her husband.
Retrievable IVC (inferior vena cava) filters are cage-like devices that are implanted into the largest vein in the body – the inferior vena cava – and are intended to catch blood clots before they enter the heart and/or lungs. This method is intended to prevent pulmonary embolism from occurring, and is often used in patients that cannot tolerate blood thinning medication.
But as patients are sustaining injuries linked to flaws in the design of the IVC filters, lawsuits are pouring in against the IVC filter makers such as C.R. Bard.
These filters are designed to be inserted only temporarily, and then removed between 29 and 54 days after implantation. If the filter is left in place longer than recommended, the patient is at risk for the filter to migrate, puncture organs and walls of the vein, or fracture.
This Missouri woman says that her husband received the G2 model IVC filter in November of 2006. But after the surgery, the filter became tilted, causing it to perforate the vena cava vein. Her husband died from the effects of a blood clot in September of 2012 after the filter failed to do its job, her lawsuit alleges.
Bard is facing a reported estimate of 50 other lawsuits at this time, for injuries and death associated with both their G2 and Recovery filters. These lawsuits have been centralized in an Arizona federal litigation.
Source: KEYC News 12