Since March of this year, Bard has been slapped with four product defect verdicts stating that their IVC blood clot filters are not just defective, but incredibly dangerous. People everywhere who have suffered health issues after using this medical product are stepping up and taking action against this company with great success. I’ll give you more details below and let you know when and how a defective product attorney in New York may be able to help. If you have questions about whether you have a lawsuit, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Buttafuoco & Associates. We have successfully handled many medical product liability cases and can help you fully understand your legal rights.
Serious Injuries and Complications from Bard IVC Filters
Hundreds of individuals have suffered injuries and complications after using Bard’s IVC filters. The filters, which are intended to save the lives of those facing dangerous blood clots, are inserted into one of the patient’s major veins. At this point, they are supposed to stop the blood clot from entering the heart and lungs. In theory, this sounds like an incredibly important technology, as blood clots are frequently deadly. But the manufacturer’s poor design decisions have resulted in more harm than good in many cases.
Here’s the problem: the device was designed with the idea that it would stay in place, allowing the clot to pass through the vein, but in reality IVC filters often move. They have been known to tilt, an incredibly dangerous occurrence that can result in the filter puncturing vein walls and internal organs, traveling to the heart, and causing internal bleeding.
Worse yet, evidence has in no way shown that the devices prevent pulmonary emboli, or blood clots that travel to the lung. Another issue that has been brought to light through lawsuits is the fact that although the filters have been marked as removable, in many cases this is simply not possible, especially once an IVC filter has broken. Thousands have undergone emergency surgery in order to remove the harmful filters.
The careless design of Bard IVC filters is unacceptable, and has put an astounding number of lives in danger. The company must be held accountable for the damage it has caused, and the most effective way to ensure that this happens is to work with a New York medical device lawyer. At Buttafuoco & Associates, we have fought hard for clients in many successful product liability cases, and can do so for you as well if you have a case. To find out, get in touch with us at 1-800-NOW-HURT.
Recent Lawsuit Updates
The most recent ruling against Bard by a Dallas federal court found their blood clot filters are not only defective, but they caused serious injuries and complications for many patients. This was the fourth jury in recent months to deem the IVC filters dangerous and defective. The verdict in question increased the total monetary awards the company has had to pay in the last three months to $7 million to three individuals.
Recently, over 8,000 lawsuits similar to this one were consolidated in a multi-district litigation in Arizona, but after Bard settled with thousands of plaintiffs, remaining lawsuits were sent back to state courts and are now scheduled for individual trials. Although the company has pulled some of the filters from shelves, others still remain, despite the fact they have also been linked to the injuries described above.
Do I Have a Case Against Bard?
If you have been harmed by a Bard IVC filter, it is possible you have a case against the company. The best course of action is to get in touch with a medical device attorney serving New York who can better evaluate your circumstances and recommend the best course of action.
At Buttafuoco & Associates, we consider our clients our family and fight hard for their rights against reckless corporations. To find out more about whether you have a case, get in touch with us today for a free consultation at 1-800-NOW-HURT.