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Woman’s IVC filter punctured aortic wall

Susie Allen was only 49 years old when she was implanted with a Cook Celect IVC filter, a tiny, cage-like device placed inside the inferior vena cava (IVC) – a large vein that delivers deoxygenated blood from the lower extremities – designed to catch blood clots before they reach the heart. But something went horribly wrong. In January 2012, nearly four years after receiving the IVC filter, doctors discovered that the device had fractured inside her body. In July 2013, doctors discovered that one of the fractured legs of the filter had perforated her aortic wall – the main artery ... Read More

IVC filter lawsuits Against Bard piling up

The number of lawsuits pending against medical device manufacturing giant C.R. Bard over IVC filters continues to grow. According to the latest report by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) on July 17, 2017, there are now more than 2,200 lawsuits pending against Bard over inferior vena cava (IVC) filters. Lawsuits allege the IVC filters have injured people trusting the device to save their life. The latest lawsuit involves a Texas woman named Laura R. who claims she was injured by Bard’s Denali filter. Laura received the filter on May 20, 2016, to prevent pulmonary embolism (PE), a deadly condition in which blood ... Read More

California Man Joins Bard IVC Filter MDL

A man from California has joined the multidistrict litigation (MDL) involving claims related to IVC filters. The man’s lawsuit claims his IVC filter made by Bard failed, resulting in injury. Clarence M. was given a G2 retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filter made by C.R. Bard to help prevent any potential blood clots from traveling to his lungs, which would result in a deadly pulmonary embolism (PE). According to The Daily Hornet, the G2 IVC Filter was surgically placed in Clarence’s vena cava vein May 8, 2010, at a California hospital. Clarence’s lawsuit claims the device maker downplayed the risks of the G2 IVC ... Read More

Pennsylvania Woman alleges IVC Filter injuries in Bard lawsuit

A Pennsylvania woman is suing C.R. Bard, the maker of her retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filter, for injuries she alleges she sustained when the device failed. Violet C. received a G2 IVC filter at a hospital in Pennsylvania in 2009. The filter was placed to prevent pulmonary embolism from blood clots she had developed. It later fractured, with fragments migrating to the pulmonary arteries, the right ventricle, pericardium, iliac vein, and kidney. Four of the fractured filter limbs were located not far from the filter, but three of the limbs were never found. Only a year after Violet received her IVC filter, the ... Read More

Retrievable IVC Filters may fracture if not removed as prescribed

Following a car accident, a 33-year-old man was brought to the Boston Medical Center (BMC), New England’s largest trauma center. He received an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter, a retrievable model called the G2 made by C.R. Bard. He was not advised of needed follow-up care, and returned to the hospital five years later with chest pains. Upon further testing, the medical team discovered that his IVC filter had fractured, and a strut of the filter had been lodged in a pulmonary artery. He underwent a fluoroscopic procedure, successfully retrieving the broken strut as well as the filter before it could do any ... Read More

IVC filter trial enrolls first medical facilities and patients

The first multi-specialty, prospective, multi-center, open-label, nonrandomized investigation of the safety and effectiveness of commercially available retrievable and permanent inferior vena cava (IVC) filters for the prevention of pulmonary embolism is currently underway with the first 10 medical sites activated and the first nine patients enrolled. The PRESERVE trial researchers hope to study IVC filters from seven manufacturers over five years in a total of 2,100 patients (300 patients per device) at 60 sites across the U.S. The study is overseen by the IVC Filter Study Group Foundation, which is sponsored by the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) and the Society ... Read More

Man’s heart punctured by blood clot-blocking medical device

Kathleen Benzing assumed her husband’s sudden death eight years ago was caused by complications from bariatric surgery. She was shocked to learn that an autopsy found he died when a tiny medical device implanted in his vein to prevent blood clots from reaching his heart and lungs had broken free and lodged in his heart. In 2005, Eugene Benzing was eager to get bariatric surgery to lose weight, but his doctor said he wouldn’t perform the surgery unless Eugene had a Retrievable IVC filter implanted in his vena cava, the body’s largest vein. Years before, Eugene had suffered from a ... Read More

Attorneys request moving hundreds of transvaginal mesh lawsuits to PA

Plaintiffs in more than 500 lawsuits spread across two separate multidistrict litigations alleging defectively designed transvaginal mesh made by Bard Inc. and Ethicon Inc. caused serious injuries have requested their cases be moved out of West Virginia and into Pennsylvania federal court so that their claims could be dealt with faster. More than 70,000 lawsuits in seven separate multidistrict litigations alleging injuries with transvaginal mesh from various manufacturers are pending in West Virginia. At least 23,000 of those are waged against Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon, and another 10,000 have been filed against Bard. This week, U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin, ... Read More

Transvaginal mesh lawsuits consolidated in federal court

Lawsuits against vaginal mesh manufacturers have been centralized in multidistrict litigations (MDL) in West Virginia. Plaintiffs allege that the medical devices made by companies including Boston Scientific Corp. and Ethicon Inc., caused serious injury and debilitating pain. The more than 100 lawsuits have been transferred to federal court in the Southern District of West Virginia. The MDL follows a consolidation of lawsuits in the same jurisdiction against a fourth transvaginal mesh manufacturer, Bard. Hundreds of cases are also pending in state courts across the nation, and several bellwether trials in state court are set for trial in the near future. Transvaginal mesh ... Read More