(PRWEB) July 25, 2013
Resource4thePeople announced today that it has increased the list of C.R Bard and other IVC filters that its nationwide network of lawyers are investigating over allegations of serious side effects.
"The increasing number of inquiries that our attorneys have been receiving about allegations of heart problems and other serious side effects from IVC systems has caused us to expand the number of companies and models that are being accepted for reviews," said Resource4thePeople.
"These models will be added to the information bank on our web site and be available to consumers who may share these allegations of serious health problems and wish to contact us for a free consultation about their rights to seek compensation."
Among the models that are also being reviewed 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.
"If you are a consumer who had an IVC filter implant and suffered serious side effects and have any question about whether you are eligible to seek compensation we recommend that you contact our legal team as soon as possible to preserve all of your legal options," said Resource4thePeople.
"We recently announced the addition of personnel in order to adequately address the needs of consumers who are inquiring about their legal rights in connection with allegations that Bard and other IVC filters failed,” said Resource4thePeople.
“We are committed to providing experienced, aggressive legal representation for consumers who meet the legal standards involved in filing claims or lawsuits over these allegations."
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned physicians and consumers about concerns raised by the agency in connection with the use of Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters.
“The FDA’s Aug. 9, 2010 health advisory* carrying this warning has been posted in our IVC information bank and has generated a significant increase in the number of inquiries our staff has been receiving," said Resource4thePeople.
The side effects being investigated by Resource4thePeople attorneys include those outlined in the FDA health, such as lower limb deep vein thrombosis (DVT), filter fracture, filter migration, filter embolization and IVC perforation.
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.
“FDA reviewed the literature and is conducting quantitative decision analysis modeling to evaluate the change in the risk/benefit profile after retrievable IVC filter implantation over time. More information about FDA’s decision analysis model including risk/benefit implantation timeframe suggestions will be made available in an update to this communication as well as in a future publication in a peer-reviewed medical journal.”
In researching court filings, Resource4thePeople notes the recent filing of a Bard IVC Filter lawsuit by 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.
"These allegations mirror the complaints that our lawyers have been receiving inquiries about and we will continue to investigate these claims on behalf of the consumers that are contacting us," said Resource4thePeople.
Resource4thePeople also notes that a respected medical group has responded*** to concerns about the safety of IVC filters.
A professional peer group medical review is being launched by The Society of Interventional Radiology and Society for Vascular Surgery, which announced Feb. 13, 2013 that it will form a task force to measure the health risk of IVC filters to patients.
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 also notes that another recent lawsuit*** filed by a patient who had a Bard IVC filters implant alleges the devices are prone to fracture and cause tears in body organs, including the heart.
The lawsuit also alleges that C.R. Bard is liable because company officials were aware of IVC filters problems but failed to adequately warn patients and health care professionals. The lawsuit claims that an estimated 100,000 of the devices have been implanted in patients in the United States.
**Case # 2:13-cv-2281, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
****First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, In the Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County; Case ID120800814