IVC Filter Injuries

Ineffective and Poorly Designed Device Is a Danger to Patients

C.R. Bard is facing hundreds of complaints about its Recovery and G2 IVC filters. The purpose of an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is to catch blood clots before they can reach the heart or lungs. The goal is to prevent a potentially deadly embolism. There is significant controversy over the use of IVC filters, with some experts suggesting that the devices are unsafe and fail to accomplish their intended purpose. Bard's IVC filters, in particular, suffer from a number of problems that are causing serious harm to patients.

Protecting the Victims of Defective Medical Devices

At Galligan Reid PC, our attorneys have the skill, experience and resources to help the victims of dangerous medical devices. We have established an impressive record of recovering compensation for patients who suffer due to the negligence of others. If you or a loved one suffered medical complications related to a G2 or Recovery IVC filter, we can help.

IVC Filter Failure

The Bard filters fracture at relatively high rates. This can harm a patient in several ways. Failed filters must be removed, necessitating additional medical procedures. The pieces of these filters can make their way down the bloodstream and become lodged in a patient's heart, lungs or veins. This can lead to serious health complications, and in some cases can be fatal.

Problems Repeated

In 2005, Bard finally took action after countless complaints. The Recovery IVC filter had a failure rate of 40 percent within six years of being implanted. The company did not leave the market, however. Bard followed up the Recovery filter with the G2 model, and also sells several other types of IVC filter. The many failures of these devices finally led the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to recommend that IVC filters be removed one to two months after being implanted. The FDA expressed concern that surgeons were leaving temporary, retrievable IVC filters in even after the risk of pulmonary embolism had subsided. Bard's failure to warn surgeons of the high failure rate of its products may have contributed to that problem.

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Our Des Moines personal injury lawyers can help you seek the compensation you deserve after difficulties with IVC filters. Call us today at 800-217-9312 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.