Modified IVC blood clot filters by medical device manufacturer C.R. Bard continue to make news headlines. It began with the 2015 NBC News investigation “Did Forged Signature Clear Way for Dangerous Blood-Clot Filter?”
The recent NBC News article Why Did Firm Keep Selling Problem Blood-Clot Filters? covered this topic recently saying “A company that made a blood-clot filter associated with 27 deaths and hundreds of problems replaced the device with a modified version that it knew had similar and potentially fatal flaws soon after it was put on the market.”
Bard is one of 11 who manufacturers IVC blood clot devices. The filters are implanted in the largest vein in the body, called the inferior vena cava. According to the articles and the investigation, problems arise with Bard’s spider-shaped IVC filters when parts of the device break loose inside the body. Movement or migration through the body can occur and can puncture or cause perforation of organs and severe damage.
Our firm is well aware of the damage faulty IVC filters can cause to innocent people. Just last fall, attorney Joseph (Joe) Johnson was interviewed on NBC affiliate WPTV in Palm Beach, Florida about the potentially dangerous complications associated Bard’s IVC filters. In Johnson’s interview on NBC’s FDA warns of potentially deadly complications associated with blood clot filter implants, he spoke about the lawsuit brought against Bard Medical for his client, a South Florida woman who alleges her filter malfunctioned and caused life threatening injuries.
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It is estimated that nearly 250,000 people in the U.S. are implanted with blood clot filters, most without incident. However, as Joe Johnson stated in the interview there are at least 100,000 people who have been implanted with the Bard G2 filters. Given Bard’s own figures showing a 50% success rate, this medical device has the potential to injure more than it has helped.
Negligence by medical device manufacturers like Bard does not need to go unresolved. Consumers who have been injured may have legal recourse against the manufacturer, designer or distributor of a faulty medical device.
Babbitt and Johnson P.A. is investigating allegations about IVC filters. We are based in West Palm Beach, Florida and work on defective medical device cases nationwide.
If you or a loved one suffered a serious injury due to a defective IVC filter, you and your family may be entitled to financial compensation to help with medical costs, lost wages and other expenses.
Contact Babbitt & Johnson P.A., to schedule a free consultation about your IVC filter lawsuit claim, with one of our experienced IVC filter lawyers.