Our Florida Bard IVC filter lawsuit attorneys are currently investigating the Bard Recovery IVC Filter and Bard G2 IVC Filter which are intended to stop or catch blood clots traveling through the interior vena cava (IVC) to prevent pulmonary embolism. Patients who have received the IVC filter to prevent blood clots could be at risk for severe internal injury or life-threatening complications.
The Bard Recovery IVC Filter and Bard G2 IVC Filter are used in patients who are unable to take medication to reduce the risk of blood clots or in patients where the anticoagulants have failed. The spider-like design of the Bard IVC Filter has legs that extend to intercept and trap blood clots. However, studies show that Bard Recovery IVC Filter and Bard G2 IVC Filter are prone to failures and have a high rate of fracture and migration where part of the filter breaks off, travels through the bloodstream, and becomes lodged in other parts of the body, such as the heart or lung.
The Bard G2 IVC filter system manufactured by C.R. Bard was approved by the FDA in 2005 and was intended to be the replacement for the Bard Replacement IVC filter system which was associated with a high number of fractures and other health issues when the retrievable filter was left in place for long periods of time. C.R. Bard marketed the G2 IVC filter as having “enhanced fracture resistance,” “improved centering,” and “increased migration resistance.”
FDA Warns of Risk
In August 2010, the FDA warned doctors of the risk of patients suffering from complications after having an IVC filter, such as the Bard Recovery and Bard G2 Filters, implanted. Since 2005, there have been 921 complaints reported to the FDA about potentially defective Bard IVC filters. The most commonly reported defect was migration to other body parts, specifically the heart in 328 cases.
The FDA has indicated that the IVC filters should be removed as soon as patients are no longer in danger of pulmonary embolism. An August 2010 study published in Archives of Internal Medicine reported that fractures are proportional to the length of time the retrievable device was left in place. The Bard Recovery and G2 IVC Filter complications may increase as more time passes.
Risks associated with the use of Bard IVC Filters include:
- Filter changing position;
- Filter injuring another organ close to it;
- Filter becoming lodged in the wrong place;
- Filter breaking loose and traveling to the heart or lungs;
- Leg swelling as a result of the filter blocking blood flow when it becomes too filled with clots;
- Filter becoming permanent because it is no longer “retrievable.”
Known injuries from the use of Bard IVC Filters include:
- Lower limb deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Heart or lung perforation
- Hemorrhagic pericardial effusion (blood around the heart)
- Cardiac tamponade (disruption of the heart from excess fluid)
- Ventriculartachy cardia (accelerated heartbeat)
- Puncturing of the vena cava
Immediate symptoms of a fracture or migration of a Bard IVC Filter are chest pain and shortness of breath.
If you or a loved one suffered injury from the use of a Bard IVC Filter, you may be entitled to compensation. Please contact Bernheim and Dolinsky, LLC today at 1-800-474-4089 or online to discuss the particular facts of your potential case. Our experienced Florida Bard IVC Filter lawyers will discuss your potential case and explain what we can do for you.
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