Update: Schneider Hammers Looks To Hand IVC Filter Manufacturer C.R. Bard An Early Blow With Its Case Set To Be Among The First Trials Following The Establishment Of The MDL.

The dangers associated with Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters have been brought to the public’s attention largely thanks to the recent two-part NBC Nightly News segment featuring C.R. Bard’s IVC filters. NBC’s year-long investigation raised serious questions about why the medical device manufacturer continues to sell and market its IVC filters even after the company became aware that its filters were failing and causing serious injuries and death.

While the dangers of IVC filters are just now becoming public knowledge, the attorneys at Schneider Hammers have been seeking justice and actively helping lead the effort against IVC filter manufacturers since 2012. Being at the head of the spear for the IVC litigation, Schneider Hammers has multiple cases against C.R. Bard positioned to be remanded from the Arizona MDL and set for trial beginning in late 2016.

In the Proposed Agenda recently submitted in the C.R. Bard MDL, defense counsel from Nelson Mullins slotted our client’s case first among the cases to be remanded and tried as a “Bellwether-like” trial to begin to establish a value for similarly situated claims. The efforts of the attorneys at Schneider Hammers continue to impact and shape the landscape of the IVC filter litigation.

IVC filters were made to prevent blood clots from releasing into the veins and entering the lungs. An IVC filter is a metal spider-like device designed to be implanted in the vein and prevent potentially life-threatening blood clots from entering the heart, lungs or brain through catching the blood clots in the legs of the filter and allow the clots to dissipate over time.

IVC filters are often utilized with patients who are at a high risk of pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and who are not able to take anticoagulant medication or the use of anticoagulant medication alone has not successfully prevented the blood clots.

Since patients have to stop taking their anticoagulant medication prior to having surgery, IVC filters are commonly implanted in patients prior to undergoing surgery to reduce the risk of blood clots. Unfortunately, studies have confirmed that a fracture or detachment of the filter itself is not uncommon and may cause just as much, if not more, harm than blood clots themselves.

Since 2005, the United States Food & Drug Administration has been receiving complaints that the devices had been designed ineffectively and caused injury or worsened medical conditions. Medical studies have estimated that up to 40% of all IVC filters will fracture within 5.5 years. As a result of these defective filters, injured individuals from across the entire nation are now presenting claims against companies who manufacture the defective filters.

DEFECTS OF IVC FILTERS MAY INCLUDE:

  • Filter fracture (pieces can injure the heart, lungs, or inferior vena cava)
  • Device migration (device may become ineffective, or erode into the body)
  • Device erosion
  • Irretrievable IVC filter

SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE:

  • Perforation of the inferior vena cava, heart, lungs
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Stroke
  • Hemorrhaging or Internal Bleeding
  • Blood clots may clog the filter, slowing blood flow into the lungs

SYMPTOMS THAT MAY INDICATE THE FILTER HAS FRACTURED, MIGRATED, OR OTHERWISE FAILED INCLUDE:

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Hemorrhaging or Internal Bleeding
  • Heart Rhythm Problems
  • Hypotension
  • Lightheadedness
  • Confusion
  • Nausea
  • Neck Pain
  • Death

Currently, Schneider Hammers is engaged in litigating cases against the manufacturers C.R. Bard and Cook as well as investigating additional IVC filters manufacturers including Cordis (a division of Johnson & Johnson), Argon Medical Devices, and Boston Scientific. If you or a loved one has been injured or harmed by this medical device, do not let another second pass without protecting your rights and seeking qualified legal representation from the IVC attorneys at Schneider Hammers.

Attention Attorneys: Schneider Hammers considers a referral from another law firm to as one of the greatest compliments we can receive. Our law firm offers generous co-counsel arrangements and has built a reputation for success. Schneider Hammers currently reviews and accepts IVC filter case referrals on a regular basis. If you would like to refer us an IVC filter case, please call our office to speak with one of our IVC filter attorneys to discuss the case and our referral fees.

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