Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters made by C.R. Bard are meant to catch a blood clot before it travels to the lungs, where it can block an artery and cause a pulmonary embolism. Unfortunately, Bard IVC filters have been shown to have high failure and complication rates, according to several studies. Our experienced defective product attorneys in South Carolina can review your case and see if you are eligible to pursue compensation for your IVC filter injuries. Please call McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A., at 888-353-5513.
Potential Bard IVC Filter Injuries
Potential injuries associated with Bard Recovery IVC filters and Bard G2 IVC filters include:
- Heart or lung perforation
- Pulmonary embolus
- Filter fracture
- Filter migration
- Wrongful death
These IVC filters are implanted in the inferior vena cava of people who are at risk for pulmonary embolism. These filters have 12 spindly legs, or “struts.” The legs are supposed to catch a blood clot as it travels through the IVC, preventing it from entering the lungs.
Certain studies have shown a high rate of complications for Bard IVC filters. One of the most concerning complications is fractures in the legs of the filter. If one or more of the legs fractures or breaks, the pieces can travel to other parts of the body, particularly the heart and lungs. The fractured pieces can puncture the heart, lungs, arteries or any other organs in which they migrate. Because of the high risk of filter fracture and migration, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has urged physicians to remove the filter as soon as a patient is no longer at risk for blood clots.
Bard IVC Filter Injury Claims
IVC filter injuries can be life-threatening. Additional invasive surgery may be required, as well as further hospitalization and ongoing care. The experienced attorneys at McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A., can review the details of your defective medical device case and pursue compensation on your behalf.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a Bard IVC filter or another defective medical device in Camden, Sumter, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Columbia, Aiken or elsewhere in South Carolina, please contact McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates for a free case evaluation.