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IVC Filter Claims

$1.2 Million Cook IVC Filter Award

$1.2+ million was awarded against Cook, Inc. to a Houston, Texas firefighter on May 24, 2018. Jeff Pavlock was implanted with a Cook inferior vena cava to prevent blood clots from traveling to his heart, lungs or brain in March 2015. However,  the filter tilted after implantation, perforated his aorta and duodenum requiring two additional unsuccessful surgeries to retrieve the device. The jury found that Cook didn’t properly warn the implanting surgeon about the risks of IVC filters. The case was tried by David Matthews, Tim Goss and Rich Freese in Judge Larry Weiman’s district court.

$3.6 Million Bard IVC Filter Award

A Phoenix federal jury awarded $3.6 million against Bard on March 30, 2018. Sherri Booker’s Bard IVC filter broke apart and lodged in her heart forcing her to undergo emergency life-saving surgery. The open heart surgeons were able to remove portions of the fractured filter, yet some fragments remain lodged in her body. The jury found that Bard was responsible for 80 percent of the harm and is liable for punitive damages. This is the first bellwether trial in the Bard IVC Filter litigation before Judge David Campbell with thousands of IVC filter lawsuits filed ready for trial.

IVC Filter lawsuits are filed against Rex/Argon, Bard,  Cook and Cordis medical device manufacturers. The malfunctions include filter fractures, perforation, tilting and migration causing death and/or serious injuries to other organs.  St. Clair was selected to serve the IVC Filter litigation committee overseeing bellwether jury trials. As reported by NBC News in 2015: Why Did Firm Keep Selling Problem Blood-Clot Filters? – NBC News

The litigation of four of the IVC Filter manufacturers is centralized as follows: 

  1. Rex and Argon IVC filter cases are before Judge Arnold New in the Court of Common Pleas Trial Division – The Philadelphia Courts:
  2. Bard IVC Filter cases are before Judge David Campbell in Phoenix, Arizona  IN RE: Bard IVC Filters Products Liability Litigation |
  3. Cook IVC Filter cases are before Judge Richard Young and U.S. Magistrate Judge Tim A. Baker in the Southern District of Indiana MDL Case Information | Southern District of Indiana | United States …
  4. Cordis IVC Filter cases are centralized in California.

Bard IVC Filter Litigation Update

Bard IVC Filter Bellwether trial schedule:

  1. Sherr-Una Booker v. C R Bard, et al  –  $3.6 Million
  2. Debra Mulkey v. C R Bard, et al (Eclipse filter fracture) – February 2019
  3. Lisa Hyde v. C R Bard, et al (G2X filter fracture) -November 5, 2018
  4. Carol Kruse v. C R Bard, et al (G2 non-fractured filter) – September 18, 2018
  5. Tinlin v. C R Bard, et al (Recovery filter fracture) – May 2019

Cook IVC Filter Litigation

Over 2897 cases are pending in the Cook IVC Filter Litigation MDL.  MDL Case Information | Southern District of Indiana | United States …  The Cook IVC Filter Lawsuit Bellwether Trial schedule follows:

  • Gage v. Cook Medical, Inc., et al., 1:14-cv-1875 will begin April 30, 2018
  • Brand v. Cook Medical, Inc., et al., 1:14-cv-6018 will begin August 6, 2018
  • Hill v. Cook Medical, Inc., 1:14-cv-6016 tried November 10, 2017  – Defense verdict

Rex/Argon IVC Filter Litigation

The Rex/Argon Litigation is centralized in the Court of Common Pleas Complex Litigation in Philadelphia before Judge Arnold New. 295 cases have been filed with no cases yet tried. Settlement conferences are under discussion.

Cordis IVC Filter Litigation

The Cordis IVC filter litigation has been centralized in California with no trial settings.

FDA Safety Communication

The FDA issued a safety communication May 6, 2014 for IVC filter removal, suggesting it should be removed between 29 and 54 days after implantation. However, the vast majority of cases allege the filters were not removed timely causing dangerous injury or death to the patients.Watch the IVC Filter NBC News stories here: NBC News IVC Story.

Serious symptoms and conditions that need immediate medical treatment include:

  • Death
  • Clot in the lungs exhibited by chest pain or difficulty breathing
  • Cardiac or pericardial tamponade
  • Internal bleeding
  • Tachycardia or irregular heart rhythm
  • DVT – deep venous thrombosis – clot in the legs or pelvis
  • Hematoma or nerve damage at the puncture site
  • Infections

Malfunctions include: 

  • Fracturing the spider-like struts of the filter,
  • Tilting of the device,
  • Migration of the filter,
  • Perforation of the struts into the Heart, Lungs or Vena Cava

Free Medical Legal Consultation

Contact Us for a free medical legal consultation before your time to file a claim runs out. We understand the difficult issues you are facing now and in the future. Our firm has the trial expertise and financial resources to aggressively prosecute these cases to successful resolution. We look forward to hearing from you.

NBC Nightly News Uncovers IVC Filter Fractures

NBC uncovered further failures with other Bard Blood Clot Filters, the Bard G2 and G2 Express, linked to 12 deaths. This is the third in a series of investigations on 39 deaths associated with patients implated with Bard filter devices.

NBC News investigative reports that at least 27 deaths have been associated with Bard Recovery filter — a spider-shaped apparatus that is inserted into the largest vein in the body to prevent blood clots. Government data shows approximately 300 other non-fatal problems have also been reported with the Recovery, which is one of thousands of medical products sold by C.R. Bard.

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 IVC Blood Clot Filters Multidistrict Litigation (MDL)

Howard Nations and David Matthews have been appointed to the Plaintiffs Steering Committee (PSC) in both the Cook IVC Filters MDL and Bard IVC Filters MDL. Carolyn St. Clair serves on the bellwether selection committee.

Cook IVC Filters Perforation Study

A study published in 2012 in Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology, found that a staggering 100 percent of the Cook IVC filters perforated the study participant’s venal wall within 71 days of implantation. The inferior vena cava filter in 40 percent of study participants was found to have tilted away from its original optimum position for capturing wayward blood clots from the leg. Another study in Annuals of Vascular Surgery in April 2013 urges removing the IVC filters as soon as no longer needed to prevent fatal complications.

Patients also have developed post thrombotic syndrome after IVC filter implantation.

Blood Clot Filters investigated include:

Bard:

  • Recovery (on the market beginning April 2003)
  • G2 (on the market beginning October 2005)
  • G2 X
  • Eclipse
  • Meridian
  • Denali

Cook:

  • Gunther Tulip
  • Celect

Cordis

Rex/Argon

Retrieval of the filter may or may not be possible, depending on the make and model of the filter, the associated complications, symptoms exhibited and location where the device may have traveled in the body. These may be serious life threatening complications, so do not delay. There are strict time limits to retrieve your medical records identifying your manufacturer and file a claim.

Since the introduction of the retrievable temporary IVC filter, the FDA has received over 1000 adverse reports concerning fragmentation and embolization within the body. The FDA issued a safety warning on August 9, 2010 entitled “Removing Retrievable Inferior Vena Cava Filters: Initial Communication”, which warned against leaving IVC filters in for extended periods of time, because they have a tendency to cause life threatening problems. In a 2012 study, a 12% rate of filter fracture was reported to be associated with the IVC filters was found.

The researchers also found that the rate of filter fracture increased with the amount of time the implant was in the patient’s body. Unfortunately, just more than 50% of fractured IVC filters could be successfully removed. Although the body of the filter can often be removed successfully, the spider-like legs (or “struts”) often fracture and move to a position where retrieval is impossible. Product Identification is key as there are many permanent filters implanted that are not included in the subject of this litigation.

Free Medical Legal Consultation

Contact Us for a free medical legal consultation before your time to file a claim runs out. We understand the difficult issues you are facing now and in the future. Our firm has the trial expertise and financial resources to aggressively prosecute these cases to successful resolution. We look forward to hearing from you.

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