Over 100 people have been seriously injured by IVC filters made by Cordis Corporation. Recent studies have linked the TrapEase to a 50% fracture-risk within four years. In 2008, a woman died when it broke and became embedded in her heart.
What You Can Do & How We 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.
TrapEase Class Action
Cordis Corporation is facing lawsuits involving more than 115 people who were injured by the TrapEase or OptEase vena cava filters. In June 2016, lawyers asked judges to centralize the litigation in a “mass-tort” at the federal level in California. Click here to read more.
“Mass-Tort” vs. Class Action
Over 1,100 IVC filter lawsuits are already pending in mass-torts against C.R. Bard and Cook Medical. This process has many of the advantages of a class action, such as improving efficiency. However, each lawsuit remains independent and can have its own outcome.
TrapEase IVC Filter
TrapEase is a permanent, star-shaped wire device that is implanted in the inferior vena cava (IVC). It catches blood clots before they get into the heart or lungs and cause a pulmonary embolism.
Study Links TrapEase and 50% 4-Year Fracture Risk
JAMA Internal Medicine recently published a study in which 10 out of 20 people (50%) who were implanted with the TrapEase suffered a fracture within four years. The researchers warned about an “extremely high risk of strut fracture” within 2-3 years, which is concerning because it is supposed to be a permanent implant.
TrapEase Fracture Linked to Death
When the wire legs of a TrapEase filter break off, they will travel in the bloodstream until they get stuck in the heart, lungs, or other vital organs. In 2008, a 43 year-old woman suddenly went into cardiopulmonary arrest and died when a broken TrapEase moved into her heart.
What is the problem?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is nationally recognized as a class action law firm. However, our lawyers are not currently filing a TrapEase class action. Instead, we are pursuing individual lawsuits against Cordis Corporation on behalf of people with the most serious injuries.
Safety Risks of TrapEase IVC Filter
- Tilting out of position
- Moving to the heart, lungs, kidneys, etc.
- Organ damage
- Perforation of the vena cava
- Blood clots
- Irregular heart rhythm
- Cardiac arrest
About Class Actions
Class actions are a great way for a lot of people to seek reimbursement for similar legal claims. Everyone joins together to collectively seek compensation and shares any payout. The problem is that class actions are not designed to maximize compensation for individual plaintiffs.
Why Our Law Firm is Filing Individual Lawsuits as Opposed to a Class Action
Members of class actions may have to accept a “low-ball” settlement or attorneys’ fees that leave little payout remaining. It is also extremely rare for consumer class actions to go to trial.
Our lawyers specialize in helping victims of defective medical devices seek compensation from manufacturers. We believe there is no excuse for selling dangerous devices or failing to warn about severe side effects.
Do I have an 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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