Inferior vena cava (IVC) filter makers continue facing a growing number of product liability lawsuits brought on behalf of many patients across the United States. These patients were treated with IVC filters to reduce the risk of blood clots and pulmonary embolisms. Nevertheless, countless patients suffered severe complications such as filter migration, perforation of the vena cava, and filter embolisms.
An inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is a type of vascular filter device implanted in the inferior vena cava, or the large vein in the abdomen that carries blood from the lower part of the body to the heart. The filter traps fragments of blood clots that develop in the veins of the leg or pelvis, a condition called deep venous thrombosis (DVT), which prevents clots from traveling through the vena cava vein to the heart and lungs and causing strokes and other severe complications.
Evidence shows that filters can increase risks of new blood clot formation in the legs and abdomen, and certain filter types have been found to break apart and/or cause symptoms from the filter legs penetrating the wall of the device.
IVC patients are coming forward with complaints of serious injuries from the implants and are filing legal claims against the makers of the allegedly defective medical devices, citing poor design and manufacturing as the reasons for their injuries.
A number of retrievable IVC filters manufactured by C.R. Bard and Cook Medical have been tied to reports of serious and sometimes fatal complications, including instances where the blood clot filters migrated out of position and punctured the vena cava, or fractured and sent small fragments of the filter to the heart or lungs (embolization).
All of these IVC filter lawsuits filed over complications from the Cook Celect IVC filter have been centralized before U.S. District Judge Richard L. Young in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Indiana, and all Bard IVC filter complaints have been centralized before U.S. District Judge David G. Campbell in the U.S. District Court of Arizona.
It is anticipated that selection of four Cook IVC Filter cases will begin sometime in September 2016.