IVC Filter Lawsuits Allege C.R. Bard’s Recovery And G2 IVC Filters Can Migrate, Fracture, Tilt Causing Serious Injuries To Patients
The federal judge managing the C.R. Bard IVC filter lawsuits has developed a bellwether schedule that scheduled the first case to go to trial next fall. In an Oct. 14th Case Management Order, Judge David G. Campbell said it’s possible that other bellwether trials may be held before the end of 2017. The cases involve C.R. Bard Inc.’s Recovery and G2 Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters used to stop blood clots that can cause death.
More than 1,000 lawsuits are pending in the U.S. District Court, District of Arizona that allege Bard failed to adequately warn that its Recovery and G2 IVC filter are defective in design and have a high failure rate. The complaints purport that Bard’s filters fracture, migrate from their original implanted position, puncture the inferior vena cava, heart and lungs and cause other serious injuries. Judge Campbell asked the parties to select six potential bellwether cases by April 2017. The court would then set a schedule for discovery on the cases and filings of motions to be completed in time to hold the first bellwether trial in the Fall of 2017. (In Re: Bard IVC Filters Product Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2641)
“Bellwether trials are important because the IVC cases selected for trial will be representative of the larger group of lawsuits. The outcomes of bellwether cases will help the parties decide how to move forward with the remaining cases,” says Richard Schulte, founding partner of Wright & Schulte LLC.
The firm is currently representing clients in IVC filter lawsuits and continue to speak to men and women who have been seriously harmed by medical devices everyday. The IVC filter lawsuit attorneys at Wright & Schulte LLC are offering free legal evaluations to anyone who believes they have suffered serious IVC filter complications. To learn more about filing an IVC filter lawsuit against C.R. Bard, please contact the firm today by completing the online form at www.yourlegalhelp.com, or call toll free, 1-800-399-0795.
Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters are small, cage-like devices used to reduce the risk of pulmonary embolism. The filters are inserted into the inferior vena cava, a large vein that carries blood from the lower half of the body to the heart. IVC filters capture blood clots before they reach the heart or lungs. Some IVC filters like Bard’s Recovery and G2 products are retrievable which means they can be removed after the threat of blood clots has subsided. Complications occur, however, when IVC filters remain implanted longer than necessary. Since 2005, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has received over 920 adverse events associated with IVC filters, with more than 320 complaints involving device migration. To avoid complications, the FDA recommends removing the devices between 29 to 54 days after implantation. [fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/ucm221676.htm, FDA, May 11, 2015]
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Court records indicate that C.R. Bard is not the only company defending itself against IVC filter lawsuits. Cook Medical is facing 980 lawsuits over its Celect and Günther Tulip IVC filters. The IVC complaints assert similar allegations as those found in lawsuits against Bard, including the filters have a tendency to migrate, fracture, tilt and perforate organs. As a result, the IVC filters fail to capture blood clots. The Cook Medical IVC filter claims are centralized for pretrial proceedings in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana. (In Re: Cook Medical, Inc., IVC Filters Marketing, Sales Practices And Product Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2570)
About Wright & Schulte LLC And Filing An IVC Filter Lawsuit
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