Even when products are well-designed and constructed, they can still lack proper use instructions or clear safety warnings. Defective design or manufacturing can cause products to malfunction and injure thousands of people each year.
If you’ve been hurt by a product that should have been safe, you may have a case against the designer, manufacturer or retail store where it was purchased. Gold, Khourey & Turak will prove the defect so you can get the compensation you deserve.
If you think you have a case, contact us as soon as possible so we can help. It’s easy, it’s free and it’s worth it. Call us at 1-800-388-2529 or fill out this form for your FREE Consultation.
Here are some examples of product liability cases we handle:
- Manufacturing Defects
- Product Recalls
- Defective Appliances
- Dangerous Children’s Products
- Faulty Tools
- Motor Vehicle Defects
- Contaminated Food
- Medication Recalls
- Dangerous Medical Devices
- Missing/Inadequate Warning Labels
IVC Filter Lawsuits
IVC FAILURE Rate As High As 40%*
(*The Western Journal of Emergency Medicine says that 40% of all IVC filters will fracture within 5.5 years of being implanted.)
What are IVC Filters?
IVC (Inferior Vena Cava) filters are small, cage-like devices with metal, “spider” legs, which are implanted in patients at risk of a pulmonary embolism (PE) who are not candidates for blood-thinning drug therapy. These devices are installed near the heart to capture blood clots. While the filter’s design was meant to stop a PE—a blood clot to the lungs—these IVC filters may bring their own serious, even deadly, side effects.
Dangerous Side Effects Linked to IVC Filters
As of 2015, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received more than 900 adverse event reports related to the filters. Patients who received these filters may be at risk for potentially fatal defects that result in fragmentation of the device, causing harmful metal to be carried through the bloodstream. Serious injuries and death have been reported due to pieces of the filter breaking and causing internal damage. IVC filters have resulted in the following complications:
- Device Migration
- Device Fracture
- Device Perforation
- Tilting of the Device
- Inability to Retrieve the Device
Lawsuit – Manufacturer Was Aware of the Dangers
It is documented that C.R. Bard, the manufacturer of the device, knew of the risks associated with the IVC filters but failed to warn doctors and patients of the risks. C. R. Bard received complaints associated with malfunctions of the IVC retrievable filters as far back as 2004. These complaints alleged the legs or struts of the IVC filters were prone to breakage and, once broken, could travel to other body parts, leading to serious injuries and death. Lawsuits allege that C. R. Bard was fully aware of the safety risks associated with their IVC retrievable filters, yet continued to manufacture and sell the devices.
Getting the Help You Need
If C.R. Bard, the manufacturer of the IVC filters which caused injury and harm to a number of consumers, was aware of the problems associated with the filters, yet failed to disclose those risks to the FDA, the company may be liable for failure to warn. If you or a loved one suffered complications as a result of a Bard IVC retrievable filter, you may be able to seek compensation.
If you would like to speak with one of our attorneys about your rights and legal options, contact our office right away by calling us at 304-845-9750 or toll-free at 800-388-2529 or by completing our online form. We will discuss your situation with you at no cost, and there is no obligation when you call.
It is in your best interest to act quickly. There is a time limit for filing injury claims known as the Statute of Limitations. If your claim is not filed before the Statute of Limitations expires, you will not be able to file a claim.