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.