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Here is information about some of the recent verdicts in IVC filter lawsuits:
In June 2012, an Arizona jury concluded that C.R. Bard did not act negligently or sell a defective product. Plaintiff Rosemary Everett filed the first IVC lawsuit, which alleged that the device broke into pieces and traveled to her vital organs in less than 3 years. She suffered the hardship of additional surgery and medical care. Bard's defense cited adequate testing and a performance rate, which was in keeping with other devices on the market.
In January 2015, one of the IVC filter settlements for an unnamed plaintiff was reached after 11 days in court. During the trial, lawyers presented evidence that C.R. Bard had known since 2004 that their Recovery filter was not “reasonably safe,” leaving patients subject to serious damage and even death. According to trial documents, the Recovery filter broke 28.3 times more frequently than other devices. The patient’s surgeon and a C.R. Bard sales representative testified that they would have never encouraged use of the device if they had been aware of the risks.
In February 2015, one of the Bard IVC filter settlements was reached in the Kevin Phillips lawsuit after 10 days in court. The case claimed that the Bard Recovery IVC filter broke, traveled to his heart and punctured it. The damage resulted in the necessity of open heart surgery and an extended recuperation.