An established company that had its beginnings over 100 years ago, Bard is a highly recognized manufacturer of Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filters, a modern remedy used to help fight pulmonary emboli and other vascular diseases. International corporate giant Bard originally was a one-man company started by Charles Russell Bard, in 1907. The company, C. R. Bard, expanded, acquired new companies and developed important new medical products. It has now grown into a global provider of high-tech medical devices.
IVC Filters are a light-weight medical device that is used within the large veins in the neck or groin area of the body to help prevent blood clot problems. They are a tiny metal filter that has expandable legs and a cone-shape that will capture blood clots passed from the legs or other areas of the body as they move toward the heart, brain, lungs or other organs. The upper area of the IVC Filter operates like a strainer, allowing the thin blood to pass by while it catches any clots and holds them. The device is attached in place to the vein walls by small hooks that are at the ends of the legs.
IVC Filters are an option to fight clotting when a patient is unable to take anticoagulant therapy. Many of these devices are also used in conjunction with anticoagulant medicines that help eliminate clots. Some of the clots may be dissolved by natural anticoagulants that are in the blood. Retrievable IVC Filters are removed in the same way they are inserted, by pulling them into a thin catheter. Permanent IVC Filters are used in some cases, especially when the patient is allergic to or cannot tolerate anticoagulant drugs.
Types of IVC Filters by Bard
Bard has a long history of developing and producing products that are needed in the internal medicine industry. Its goal is to fulfill the need for products and services that are cost-efficient, useful and unique. They market worldwide, to hospitals, extended care facilities and health care professionals. Many of their products are leading-edge technology, such as single-patient-use medical products. IVC Filters are just one of the many items they offer as innovative products designed to improve health benefits.
Bard employs around 14,000 people in four company divisions that manufacture and sell items needed in the following disease areas:
- Surgical Specialties
In the area of medicine that deals with Vascular Diseases, Bard is well-known for the following four types of IVC Filters:
- Denali® Vena Cava Filter
- Recovery Cone® Removal System
- Bard® Optional Filters
- Simon Nitinol® Vena Cava Filter
Of these models, two have been included in recalls: Recovery and G2. Today, several models are no longer available in the U.S.: Denali, Recovery, G2, G2X, Eclipse, and Meridian.
IVC Filter Lawsuits
Bard has been the defendant in several class-action lawsuits filed in the United States, including actions in California, Philadelphia, Florida and more. The issue of concern is failure rates with Bard IVC Filters that are significantly higher than expected. One area where these filters has failed is after implantation, when the thin metal legs snap off or break into fragments that then drift through the patient’s body. This causes serious health problems, such as perforated veins and organs, and the problem could also result in the need for additional surgery or cause death. The devices are supposed to catch blood clots, but if they cause internal bleeding, they could even create new clotting dangers.
In a 2010 safety bulletin, the FDA warned about potential problems with IVC Filters, stating that they should only be used as a short-term remedy and then removed. They received over 900 complaints at that time of IVC Filters causing harm due to breakage, migration from the implanted site, and piercings of blood vessels and organs. With these types of failures, patients could develop pulmonary embolisms and deep vein thrombosis (DVT), the very problems the IVC Filter was supposed to reduce. Specifically cited in research findings published in an issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine was that the fracture rate of the Bard G2 IVC Filter occurred in up to 12 percent of patients fitted with that device.
Bard Lawsuit Attorney
When a patient endures additional suffering from a medical product that was supposed to be helpful and reduce harm, they may be eligible to file for fair monetary compensation in a Personal Injury Lawsuit against the guilty parties. Negligence is the core issue for succeeding in these claims. When there are class-action lawsuits, these are legal actions filed by a large group of persons who have similar claims against the defendant. Awards in class-action lawsuits frequently are in the millions of dollars for the group.
An experienced Personal Injury Attorney who has helped other clients in this area of concern is your best resource and the professional likely to help you find justice. You may claim a variety of damages, both economic and non-economic items that have affected your lifestyle.
Typical claims in IVC Filter lawsuits include:
- Negligence, misrepresentation
- Failure to warn
- Harm from product failure – fracture parts caused more harm to veins and organs
- Loss of income – disability (temporary/permanent), lost benefits, future income
- Medical care – expenses for treatment, therapy and recovery, including home care, rehabilitation and special equipment
- Non-economic claims – pain and suffering, anxiety, loss of companionship
- Wrongful death – funeral, burial and lost income/inheritance
Each case is unique, and you deserve individual legal care and attention. Fees for Personal Injury lawsuits generally are assessed on a contingent basis, meaning that you only pay when you win and receive your award. There still may be a few small office expenses that you will be responsible for also.
If you have been harmed due to failure of a Bard IVC Filter, contact our law office to arrange for a free consultation with our experienced Personal Injury Attoreny. There may be class-action lawsuits that you are eligible to join; we have all the information you need to make informed decisions about your legal rights and decisions to make. Call us now!