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Bard G2 IVC Filter Lawsuit

Bard G2 IVC Filter Lawsuit

The Bard G2 IVC filter has been linked to a 12% fracture rate, and other serious side effects. Unfortunately, doctors can only successfully remove fractured legs of the device in about half of cases. The FDA has also warned that recoverable IVC filters that are left in a patient have a high risk of severe, life-threatening injuries. Many people have suffered through multiple surgeries to correct problems with this device.

What You Can Do & How a Bard G2 IVC Filter Lawsuit Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Bard G2 IVC filter induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured by an IVC filter, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Medical Device Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

What is the Bard G2 IVC Filter?

The Bard G2 IVC Filter is a cage-like wire device that is implanted into a patient’s inferior vena cava (the vein between the heart and lungs). It is designed to catch blood clots before they enter the lungs and cause a pulmonary embolism. IVC filters are often used in patients who are contraindicated for a blood-thinning medication.

The medical device company C.R. Bard creates most types of IVC filters that are used by the medical community, including:

  • Bard Recovery IVC Filter (withdrawn in 2005)
  • Bard G2 IVC Filter
  • Bard G2 Express IVC Filter

The G2 is the second generation of the Recovery filter line of implants. Bard voluntarily withdrew the Recovery filter in 2005, and the G2 was designed with improvements. Bard claimed that the G2 provided greater resistance to migration, improved centering of the device, and enhanced fracture resistance, which allowed for extended time until retrieval was necessary.

FDA Warning for IVC Filters

The Bard G2 IVC filter is a retrievable filter, instead of a permanent implant. It is supposed to be temporary, implanted only as long as the patient is at risk of a pulmonary embolism. Unfortunately, the FDA has warned that serious injury can occur when removable IVC filters are not removed after the risk of pulmonary embolism subsides.

In a Safety Communication in 2010, the FDA announced that they received 921 reports of adverse events linked to IVC filters. The agency warned:

“The FDA is concerned that these retrievable IVC filters, intended for short-term placement, are not always removed once a patient’s risk for PE subsides. Known long term risks associated with IVC filters include but are not limited to lower limb deep vein thrombosis (DVT), filter fracture, filter migration, filter embolization and IVC perforation.”

Studies of the Bard G2 IVC Filter

In a study published in February 2012, researchers found a 12% rate of filter fracture associated with the Bard G2 IVC filter. 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, only 53.4% of fractured IVC filter struts 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.

Side Effects of Bard G2 IVC Filter

Serious side effects of the Bard G2 IVC filter can cause life-threatening complications, which 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 into the inferior vena cava
  • Cardiac tamponade (a condition where fluid builds up in the space around the heart and interferes with heart function)
  • Perforation of the inferior vena cava, heart, lungs
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Blood clots may clog the filter, slowing blood flow into the lungs
  • A doctor may be unable to remove a fractured IVC filter
  • And more

Do I have a Bard G2 IVC Filter Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Bard G2 IVC filter induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured by an IVC filter, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Medical Device Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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