The inferior vena cava is the largest vein in the human body which is responsible for the transportation of the blood from the legs and lower part of the body to the heart.
An IVC filter is implanted in patients who are at the risk of forming a blood clot and could travel to the heart or lungs and cause life-threatening pulmonary embolism (PE). It is mainly implanted in patients who undergoes hip and knee replacement surgery, bariatric surgery, trauma, and/ or are unable to take the blood thinning medications.
Although the FDA announced these filters to be effective and safe, they have been linked with plenty of adverse health complications. In fact, the FDA received plenty of adverse reports and the victims are allowed to file for ivc filter litigation if they faced any of the following complications:
- Device migration
- Filter fracture
- Blood clots
- Organ damage
- Organ perforation
Claims against the IVC filters
Even though there are several claimants who are petitioning for a class action lawsuit against the manufacturers of these IVC filters, they have not yet been approved. In cases such as these, it is often beneficial for the plaintiffs to involve in multidistrict litigation than a class action lawsuit. This is because, in class action lawsuit, all cases are treated alike and at the end of the case, each plaintiff are given an equal percentage of the received settlement amount.
There were more than 8,000 lawsuits against the manufacturers of IVC filters as of July 2018. Bellwether trials are also in progress which test cases’ legal merits with court trials and eventually help to decide on the possible financial settlement.
The five main products that most often have been involved in the IVC filter litigation are:
- The Bard Recovery filter
- The Bard G2 filter
- The Bard G2 Express filter
- The Cook Gunther Tulip filter
- The Cook Celect filter
If you know someone who has suffered from the complications of defective IVC filters, get them in touch with the team of Bramzon Law Firm PLLC. Visit http://bramzonlawfirm.com/ or dial (855) 434-2332 to know more about the complications.