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There is currently a variety of litigation pending against the manufacturers of IVC filters, including manufacturers Cook Medical, Johnson & Johnson, Boston Medical, and C.R. Bard. Many IVC filter lawsuits are still pending.

Manufacturers continue to stand behind their IVC filters, despite the high amount of blood clot filter side effects. However, after awarding a partial summary judgment to C.R. Bard, Florida U.S. District Judge Charlene Honeywell stated that Bard could still be sued for design flaws and punitive damages.

In 2010, the FDA released an initial safety communication about IVC filters and the risks associated with the filters. The brief stated that since 2005, the FDA has received 921 adverse event reports involving IVC filters. 328 of those reports involved device migration, 146 involved embolization or detachment of the device, 70 involved perforation, and 56 involved fracture.

In 2014, the FDA released an updated communication, again highlighting IVC filter complications. This filter also urged medical professionals to be proactive in monitoring their patients and removing the filter as soon as possible. The communication also mentioned that the ideal time for removal of an IVC filter is between 29 and 54 days after implementation.

Below are a variety of different examples of IVC filter lawsuits:

Class Action Lawsuits

Below are a variety of examples of class action lawsuits that have been filed against major manufacturers of blood clot filters.

  • In 2014, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) consolidated a number of cases against Cook Medical to MDL 2570 under Judge Robert L. Young in Indiana. To date there are more than 100 cases in the MDL, from states including California, Pennsylvania, and Indiana.
  • In 2015, more than 50 lawsuits against C.R. Bard were consolidated in the U.S. District Court of Arizona.
  • Additional class action lawsuits have been filed against C.R. Bard in Florida, Pennsylvania and California.

  • Civil Lawsuits
  • In Ohio, Julia and Raylyn Ratliff, who are the administrators of the estate of Cinthia K. Ratliff, have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Boston Scientific for complications with a Greenfield IVC filter. The complaint states that Greenfield filter complications arose when the filter perforated Cinthia Ratliff’s inferior vena cava.
  • In Nevada, Kevin Phillips filed a Bard IVC filter lawsuit after his IVC filter traveled to his heart. The case resulted in a Bard IVC filter lawsuit settlement for an undisclosed amount.
  • Larry & Brenda Johnson sued Cook Medical after Larry Johnson’s IVC filter fractured and traveled to his heart, causing him to have to undergo three surgeries.

  • If you believe that your or someone you know has experienced a similar situation, you may be eligible to file an IVC filter lawsuit. Contact our office today and schedule your free evaluation.

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