C.R. Bard recently introduced the Meridian Vena Cava Filter, a medical device intended for short-term protection against blood clots. Unfortunately, if the Meridian IVC filter is not removed, patients are at greater risk of life-threatening side effects.
What You Can Do & How a Meridian IVC Filter Lawsuit Can Help
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently evaluating IVC filter cases in all 50 states, regardless of whether you have been injured or not. If you or somebody you know was implanted with 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 toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
$3.3 Million Awarded to Woman Injured by Meridian® IVC Filter
In June 2021, a unanimous jury in Wisconsin awarded $3.3 million to Natalie J., a 60-year-old woman who was seriously injured by a Bard Meridian® IVC Filter. According to the lawsuit, the filter tilted and became embedded in her vein, fractured into pieces, and the broken pieces traveled to her heart. She also required multiple surgeries to remove the IVC Filter.
Meridian IVC Filter Information
The Meridian Vena Cava Filter is a medical device that is implanted in a patient’s inferior vena cava (IVC) to capture blood clots before they cause a pulmonary embolism. IVC filters are often implanted in patients with deep vein thrombosis (DVT) who cannot take a blood-thinning medication.
The Meridian IVC filter has an electropolished finish that increases its resistance to fractures. Another improvement is strategically-placed anchors, which help reduce the risk of migration, tilting, and fracture. However, some doctors have complained that the anchors make the filter a bit harder to retrieve.
The Meridian IVC filter is very similar to the Recovery, G2, and G2 Express IVC filters, which are also manufactured by C.R. Bard. In 2012, JVIR published a study involving nearly 550 people with these IVC filters. Filter fracture occurred in 12% of patients, and embolization occurred in 13%. Doctors were able to remove fractured components in only half of patients.
Risks & Complications
- Internal bleeding
- Cardiac or pericardial tamponade
- Perforation of the inferior vena cava
- Organ damage
- Chest pain
Do I have a Meridian IVC Filter Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is evaluating IVC filter cases in all 50 states, regardless of whether you were injured or not. If you or someone you know received an IVC filter implant, please contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit.
Please use the form below to contact our Defective Medical Device Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
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