San Diego, CA (PRWEB) November 04, 2013
Resource4thePeople announced today its latest consumer update involving allegations that interior vena cava (IVC) filters manufactured by C.R. Bard and other manufacturers may cause life-threatening health problems.
Concerns were raised about these devices in a Aug. 9, 2010 health advisory* issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Resource4thePeople is offering consumers who may have been affected by these allegations free consultations about their rights to seek compensation.
Here is part of the FDA warning:
“Since 2005, the FDA has received 921 device adverse event reports involving IVC filters, of which 328 involved device migration, 146 involved embolizations (detachment of device components), 70 involved perforation of the IVC, and 56 involved filter fracture. Some of these events led to adverse clinical outcomes in patients. These types of events may be related to a retrievable filter remaining in the body for long periods of time, beyond the time when the risk of pulmonary embolism (PE) has subsided.
“The FDA is concerned that these retrievable IVC filters, intended for short-term placement, are not always removed once a patient’s risk for PE subsides. Known long term risks associated with IVC filters include but are not limited to lower limb deep vein thrombosis (DVT), filter fracture, filter migration, filter embolization and IVC perforation.”
Since that warning Resource4thePeople reports that IVC lawsuits have been filed across the country and among the most recent** is one filed by a Texas woman who claims a Bard IVC was defectively designed, failed after being implanted in her body and migrated to her heart.
The woman claims that a Bard G2 filter was implanted in her in 2009 to prevent blood clots but failed and caused her to suffer serious health problems and expenses.
She is seeking a jury trial and damages for medical expenses, pain and suffering, mental anguish, physical impairment, disfigurement, economic losses and other expenses, according to the court file.
Another recent filing of a Bard IVC Filter lawsuit was made on behalf of a New York woman who is claiming in her lawsuit that the device was defectively designed, broke and caused her to suffer significant internal injuries.***
The woman is alleging the filter was implanted to prevent blood clots but broke apart with particles migrating through her body and damaging her internal organs.
IVC filters are medical devices designed to prevent blood clots in patients at risk for a pulmonary embolism in cases in which an anticoagulant is contraindicated or proven ineffective.
The FDA's health warning * issued to health care professionals and consumers reports that serious health problems can occur on these spider-like devices when the legs that extend from it to block clots break off.
What can then occur, according to the FDA, is that these broken parts from the filter may travel to other parts of the body and cause serious problems such as lower limb deep vein thrombosis (DVT), filter fracture, filter migration, filter embolization and IVC perforation.
Resource4thePeople is also announcing that in addition to accepting inquiries from consumers about legal rights involving C.R. Bard filter allegations inquiries about allegations involving other manufacturers also are being reviewed.
"Any consumer who is alleging an IVC filter injury in connection with these products, which were the subject of a Food and Drug Administration health advisory warning, is encouraged to contact our national network of attorneys as soon as possible for a complimentary consultation about the merits of their case," said Resource4thePeople.
The IVCs being added to the list of devices eligible for review by Resource4thePeople attorneys are the Cook Celect, the Cordis OptEase and the ALN IVC filters.
Earlier models identified for review are the C.R. Bard Recovery IVC Filter and G2 IVC Filter, the Braun Tempofilter, the Cook Gunther Tulip and Select and the Rex Medical Option.
Consumers who may have been affected by side effects cited by the FDA* may be eligible to seek compensation for medical expenses and other expenses they may have incurred as a result of implanted devices. Here is a list of side effects now being reviewed:
Permanent or temporary disability
Deep vein thrombosis
Perforation or damage to the heart
Perforation or damage to the lungs
Perforation or damage to the kidneys
Perforation or damage to blood vessels
Bleeding or fluid build-up around the heart
Erosion into the inferior vena cava
Migration of the filter
Embolization of broken filter fragments
Resource4thePeople also notes that C.R. Bard has posted the FDA warning about Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters on the company’s web site.****
Also posted on the site are the findings of medical researchers who conducted research into the safety and side effects of IVC filters, including those manufactured by Bard. One of the studies***** found that of 61 subjects who underwent a Bard G2 filter retrieval procedure, 15 adverse events occurred in patients, four of which were serious.
“Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolisms are life-threatening medical conditions that have been attributed the use of IVC filters by the FDA in a health advisory citing the risk of adverse events with long-term use,” said Resource4thePeople. “The company acknowledges that by providing a link to the advisory.
“We are recommending that any consumers who had surgeries in which IVC filters were used familiarize themselves with the possible health consequences of these products. The FDA, for instance, cites nearly 1,000 adverse event reports in connection with these devices.”
** Case #1:13cv00633 U.S. District Eastern District of Texas, Beaumont Division, Judge Thad Heartfield
***Case # 2:13-cv-2281, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York