IVC Filter Settlement & Financial Compensation Information
Many patients injured by retrievable interior vena cava (IVC) filters now seek justice in court. Since 2010, hundreds of lawsuits were filed against the two major IVC filter manufacturers, C.R. Bard and Cook Medical. To date, only two plaintiffs have reached an IVC filter settlement. However, the amounts awarded remain confidential. With thousands of claims still pending, three bellwether cases are scheduled for trial in 2017.
First IVC Filter Settlements Reached Within Two Weeks
Kevin Phillips filed the first IVC filter lawsuit in June 2012 against C.R. Bard. Five years after receiving his Bard Recovery IVC filter, pieces broke off and perforated Phillips’ heart. Repairing this damage required major heart surgery. Just 10 days into his February 2015 trial, C.R. Bard offered Phillips a confidential IVC filter settlement. Prior to that, an unnamed plaintiff reached a confidential settlement with C.R. Bard 11 days into a January 2015 trial. In that case, lawyers presented evidence that C.R. Bard knew going back to 2004 that the Recovery Filter fractured 28.3 times more often than all other, similar devices combined. In that 2004 IVC filter bench testing report, Dr. John Lehmann stated “further investigation of the Recovery VCF filter performance in relation to migration and fracture is urgently warranted.”
Judge Richard Young scheduled several 2015 settlement talks to address claims of migration, perforation, fracturing injuries and even death. Unfortunately, these settlement discussions failed to bring a satisfactory resolution and delayed active trial dates by as much as one year.
Three Bellwether IVC Filter Trials Set for 2017
Three bellwether IVC filter cases selected from the Indiana MDL against Cook are set for trial in 2017. One case involves the Günther Tulip IVC filter; the other two revolve around the Celect IVC filter. In medical studies, patients with both types of IVC filters suffered high perforation rates. One 2015 study found Celect IVC filters have a 43% perforation rate within two months of implantation. The longer the device stays in, the higher the rate of failure, which can cause life-threatening complications.
A Missouri woman with a Cook Günther Tulip IVC filter filed the third bellwether claim due to serious perforation injuries. She alleges the device’s manufacturer failed to warn about side effects and sold a defective device inadequately tested for safety. According to a 2012 study, patients implanted with either the Günther Tulip IVC filter or Celect IVC filter experienced “some degree” of perforation within 71 days. Yet another 2013 study found 43% of Günther Tulip IVC filter patients had the device perforate through the Interior Vena Cava within 14 months.
Current IVC Filter Settlement Climate
Since harmful IVC filter side effects can be life-threatening, they may cause debilitating injuries to patients. If you or a loved one suffered from serious complications due to a defective IVC filter, get a free claim review and see if you may qualify for financial compensation. Speaking to an attorney before you file can help determine whether your claim may be eligible for an IVC filter settlement. Because two plaintiffs reached confidential out-of-court IVC filter settlements, this may influence future jury rulings going forward.
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