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Here are answers to frequently asked questions about IVC filter complications and lawsuits.
1What are some of the health complications of IVC filters?
Between 2005 and 2010, the FDA received more than 921 complaints. Of these, 35% involved IVC filter movement (328 patients), 15% resulted in blood clots or detachment of IVC filter parts (146 cases), 7.5% involved punctures (70 reports) and 6% were related to broken pieces (56 cases).
2What are the fragmentation and migration issues resulting from IVC devices?
In some situations, especially those involving device fragmentation and migration to the heart or lungs, complications may include chest pain, low blood pressure, irregular heart beats, neck pain, confusion, lightheadedness, nausea and breathing problems. Severe health issues, often related to broken device pieces that pierce key organs, include uncontrollable internal bleeding, blood clots, stroke, extra fluid surrounding the heart, opening in the heart or lungs, open heart surgery or death.
3Are class action blood clot filter lawsuits an option?
Most of the IVC filter cases will be filed on an individual bases. Class action claims for IVC filter injuries may be an option when issues of medical monitoring or compensation that applies to a group of individuals are involved.
4What is the current status of IVC filter lawsuits?
The initial small group of IVC filter lawsuits filed in state courts frequently addressed complaints about the Bard Recovery and Bard G2 filters. Bard settled a few cases before the trial date but has not taken steps to settle many lawsuits. Since early 2015, a growing number of IVC filter lawsuits have been filed.
5What is multidistrict litigation?
This process reduces duplicated efforts related to similar points in lawsuits. Two consolidated proceedings include one for Bard IVC filter lawsuits and another for Cook IVC filter cases, which will remain individual claims. Each plaintiff must show that damage resulted from implantation of the IVC filter.
6Has the FDA issued a recall for IVC filters?
In August 2010, the FDA received an increasing number of complaints about IVC filter issues. Many of these relate to IVC filter warnings and device instructions. In May 2014, the FDA issued a safety alert, recommending that physicians remove IVC filters as soon as the initial concern about blood clots has been addressed. However, an official recall has not been issued.
7What is the compensation for a successful IVC filter lawsuit?
Settlements generally vary in each case depend on specific situations. Determining factors may include the extent length of time involved in IVC filter damage, impact on overall physical and mental status, resulting pain and suffering, related medical costs incurred, lost income or inability to work and effect on family relationships.
8What are the expenses involved in hiring an IVC filter lawyer?
Lawyers generally take their legal costs from a lawsuit settlement after a favorable verdict. A free evaluation is available to assess your IVC device complications and the possibility of filing a lawsuit.