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Bard Eclipse IVC Filter Lawsuit Filed in Mississippi

Bard Eclipse IVC Filter Lawsuit Filed in Mississippi

May 31, 2016 — A woman from Mississippi who was injured by a vena cava filter has filed a federal lawsuit against C.R. Bard.

The woman, December Faye Klock, was implanted with the Bard Eclipse® Vena Cava Filter in March 2014 at a hospital in Mississippi.

The filter was recently withdrawn from the market, but not recalled. Bard has also withdarwn the Recovery and G2 filters.

After experiencing severe side effects, she filed a lawsuit (PDF) in federal court in the U.S. District Court for Arizona, Case No. 2:16-cv-01681, In re: Bard IVC Filters Products Liability Litigation.

The lawsuit will be overseen by Judge David Campbell in Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2641), where approximately 550 similar cases are pending.

All of the lawsuits accuse Bard of selling an unreasonably dangerous device that is prone to fracture, tilt, migrate, or perforate the vena cava and other internal organs.

The filters are implanted in the inferior vena cava (IVC), a major blood vessel that carries used blood from the body into the heart. They are designed to catch blood clots and prevent pulmonary embolisms.

In 2010, the FDA warned that IVC filters must be removed as soon as the patient is no longer need protection from blood clots. In 2014, the agency specifically advised removing them between 29-54 days after implantation. The longer the filters remain implanted, the higher the risk of complications.

The plaintiff is represented by Ben C. Martin of the Law Offices of Ben Martin.

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