Advances in medical technology in recent decades have improved, and saved the lives of millions of Americans. But sometimes, due to design flaws or defects in the manufacturing process, things can go wrong and cause injury or even death. When that happens, seek justice for you or your loved ones. Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. offers a free consultation for anyone who thinks they may have an IVC filter case.
IVC – Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters – are very small filters that a surgeon inserts into your body’s largest vein. They are designed to prevent any blood clots reaching your heart and lungs. If a blood clot reaches your lungs, it can cause fatal pulmonary embolisms.
IVC filters are inserted into around 250,000 Americans every year. This continues despite a lack of long-term trials to prove their efficacy and effectiveness. The main reason for their continued use is that many people cannot use anticoagulant drugs and the IVC filter is the best option to prevent any clots from moving through the body.
But over the last 15 years, there have been negative reports in the United States about these blood clot filters. From 2005 to 2010, the FDA had over 900 reports. The three most common complaints received were:
While newer models of the filters are designed to be removed if the patient’s condition improves, there have also been problems in this area, with 2% of filters unable to be removed for various reasons.
As of mid-2019, more than 14,000 lawsuits had been filed against two IVC filter manufacturers. Bard has had 8,423 lawsuits filed against it in an Arizona federal court while Cook Medical had 5,627 filed in federal court in Indiana.
There have been no global offers from either manufacturer, though a number of standalone claims have been settled. There have been a number of Bellwether Trials (test cases to examine potential settlements) and this process is still ongoing.
Although there have been no class action lawsuits or mass torts in the U.S., there are at least two class action suits against Cook Medical in Canada.
Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. offers advice and representation in filing claims for any problems arising from IVC filters. If you have required open heart surgery as a result of a defective filter, or feel that there was liability for failing to warn you of the potential risks, then contact us to see how we can help. As one of the leading law firms in Michigan specializing in the area of product liability, we can help you file a claim.
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