What are the Damages Caused by IVC Filters?
An IVC filter is used to stop blood clots. The wire device is placed in the patient’s vein to stop the clots from forming in the inferior vena cava (IVC). The filter resembles a wire spider that “catches” blood clots before they can get to the person’s heart, lungs, or brain. However, the device has significant risk. It has been known to break apart or fall out of place, which can result in metal pieces entering the bloodstream. When the metal enters the bloodstream, the pieces can puncture a vein wall, causing internal bleeding and organ damage. In some cases, the IVC filter can lead to death.
Some patients report complications, injuries, and side effects of the IVC filter including:
- Low blood pressure
- Chest pain
- Neck pain
- Internal bleeding
- Heart rhythm
- Shortness of breath
- Hemorrhage or severe bleeding
- Pulmonary embolism
Lawsuits have been filed against Cook and C.R. Bard, the manufacturers of the IVC filter, claiming injuries and damages. IVC filters that have been named in the lawsuits include:
- The Bard® Recovery filter
- Bard® G2 Express filter
- The Bard® G2 filter
- Cook Gunther Tulip® filter
- The Bard® Eclipse
- Cook Celect® filter
- The Bard® Meridian
- Bard® Denali
Damages Claimed in IVC Filter Lawsuits
Economic and noneconomic damages are claimed in the IVC filter lawsuits. Financial or economic damages are the financial damages you suffer because of the defective medical device. Economic damages include medical expenses, lost income, personal care, medical supplies, medications, and other out-of-pocket expenses. In a defective product lawsuit, you can claim reimbursement for economic damages dollar-for-dollar.
The noneconomic damages do not have an exact monetary value. These damages are your “pain and suffering” damages. Pain and suffering damages are intended to compensate you for your physical pain, mental anguish, and emotional stress. You are also compensated for your loss of enjoyment of life and quality of life. In addition, noneconomic damages may include compensation for permanent impairments, disabilities, and disfigurement.
Included in damages in an IVC filter lawsuit, you can include future damages. Future damages might include ongoing medical care and personal care. When an IVC filter results in damage that requires ongoing care, the patient can claim an amount for that ongoing care. Future damages can be substantial over the lifespan of a patient. Therefore, many parties use experts to calculate the future damages based on several factors. The experts also testify to substantiate the amount being claimed for future damages.
Filing an IVC Filter Lawsuit
If you have been injured by an IVC filter, you might have a claim against Cook and C.R. Bard. The first step is to consult an IVC filter lawsuit attorney for a case review. An experienced defective medical device attorney can provide valuable advice and direction for filing a claim against the device’s manufacturers.
If you have suffered adverse effects after being treated with an IVC filter, we urge you to contact our office. The defective medical device attorneys at The Fox Law Firm, P.C. have experience handling cases involving IVC filters. Contact our Dallas, TX for a free consultation by calling 1-866-FOX-FIRM or 1-866-369-3476. We represent clients in Texas and throughout the United States.