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Inferior Vena Cava Filters


If you were harmed by an IVC filter, let us be your advocate

Maine Inferior Vena Cava Filters (IVC filters) Lawyers

For more than 30 years, doctors have been implanting filters in the veins of some patients. These tiny, cage-like devices are designed to catch blood clots before they reach a person’s heart and lungs, where they can cause serious injury or death. The use of the filters has become common in bariatric, orthopedic and trauma surgery patients.

But in recent years, the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) received a wave of reports that the newer generation of retrievable inferior vena cava filters (IVC filters) caused harmful complications, including punctured organs and veins and even death.

Patients have filed IVC filter lawsuits across the country. They alleged that manufacturers C.R. Bard and Cook Medical were negligent in the design and manufacture of the devices, and failed to inform doctors and patients about potential risks.

Working in collaboration with other national law firms, Berman & Simmons is handling claims involving patients who developed harmful complications due to the use of IVC filters. There are strict statutes of limitations in medical device lawsuits, so it’s important to get in touch with us as soon as possible if you believe you have an IVC filter lawsuit.

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If you, a family member or someone you know has been harmed by complications caused by an IVC filter, a lawyer at Berman & Simmons can help. We have the expertise and resources to make sure you receive full compensation for the harm done to you and to hold manufacturers accountable for their actions.

We’re proud to be the trusted firm in Maine for people who have been seriously injured, and families that have suffered losses, through no fault of their own. We are recognized as the best personal injury and medical malpractice law firm in Maine and among the best in the U.S. We have obtained several of the largest jury verdicts in Maine history, and many of the largest settlements for our clients. We have recovered $1 billion for our injured clients.

What models of retrievable IVC filters are under scrutiny?

C.R. Bard Inc. brands: Recovery, G2, G2 Express, Eclipse, Meridian, Denali

Cook Medical Inc. brands: Celect, Gunther Tulip

IVC filters can migrate and fracture, causing injury or death

In 2010, the FDA warned about the risks of fracture, migration, and perforation from retrievable filters. The agency advised for the devices to be removed as soon as the risk for blood clots was no longer a concern, and recently updated the advisory, calling for removal between the 29th and 54th day after implantation.

Problems from IVC filters include:

  • Migration: Migration means the device becomes loose from the location where it was implanted and moves toward the heart and lungs. Migration can render the filter ineffective at stopping blood clots. Migration into the heart and lungs can cause immediate death.
  • Fracture: The “legs” or “arms” of the device have been known to break spontaneously and also break during attempted removal procedures. The fractured pieces of metal can then travel throughout the body, where they can puncture organs or become lodged in the heart or lungs. It is extremely difficult to remove pieces of an IVC filter after it has fractured. Many patients must have subsequent surgeries to remove the broken filter pieces.
  • Puncture causing "bleed out": The "fishhook" anchors and fractured pieces have been known to puncture some patients' inferior vena cava and cause internal bleeding. Some patients with these problems think they are simply not feeling well, and can die within hours or days if the problem is not diagnosed.
  • Puncture causing paralysis and neurologic injury: Some IVC filters have been known to pierce through the inferior vena cava into the spinal canal and cause paralysis and injury.

Studies and investigations associated with IVC Filters

A number of medical studies have shown the risks of retrievable IVC filters. These include:

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Berman & Simmons is widely recognized as the best personal injury lawyers in Maine and among the best in the U.S., having won many of the largest jury verdicts and settlements ever obtained for injured people in Maine.

Our trial lawyers have won thousands of claims on behalf of those injured in a car accident, and each year we build on that successful track record.

Our attorneys and staff members will take the time to listen to you, work to understand your concerns, and come up with solutions that can make your life better, including obtaining payment for or deferral of your debts until your case is resolved. We help you recover and make sure you receive full compensation for your injuries and loss.

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What compensation can I receive if I was harmed by an IVC filter?

Under state and federal law, victims of dangerous medical devices have the right to recover financial damages for various categories of loss, including:

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    Pain, suffering, and emotional distress, past and future

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    Interference with your enjoyment of life

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    Medical expenses, past and future

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    Time lost from work

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    Loss of future earnings

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    Wrongful death damages (for the estate)