A lawsuit alleging Boston Scientific didn’t adequately warn a man that its blood clot catching device could perforate a major vein in his body will move forward, an Illinois federal judge ruled.
Willie Tyler filed a lawsuit against the medical device manufacturer alleging the company’s Greenfield IVC filter carried dangerous side effects. IVC filters are tiny cage-like devices that are implanted in the inferior vena cava, a large vein that carries deoxygenated blood from the lower extremities to the heart. The device is intended to catch blood clots before they reach the heart, which can lead to complications including pulmonary embolism, or blood clots in the lungs.
Tyler claims he was hospitalized in 2013 for a pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in the deep veins, typically in the legs), and agreed to be implanted with the filter to prevent more blood clots from reaching his heart. But months later, doctors discovered that the filter in Tyler’s body had moved and all of its prongs had punctured and perforated the vein.
Tyler’s lawsuit involves claims for strict product liability based on defective design and defective manufacturing.
Boston Scientific is facing similar lawsuits with its IVC filters. Medical device companies C.R. Bard and Cook Medical face more than 6,000 cases over their IVC filters. The lawsuits claim the devices are prone to migration, fracture, tilting or perforating the inferior vena cava causing serious injuries or death. Cases against the two companies have been consolidated into two separate multidistrict litigations.