IVC Blood Clot Filters: When Medical Devices Turn Deadly

Defective IVC blood clot filters can be fatalMedical devices are incredible feats of technology that can save the lives of patients, reduce the effects of health conditions or diagnose illnesses. Patients can depend on these devices to measure blood pressure, carry out blood transfusions, stop blood clots and manage pain.

When medical devices people depend on for good health result in death, it is the ultimate betrayal of trust. C.R. Bard’s Recovery IVC blood clot filters are a perfect example of defective medical devices that betrayed the trust of innocent people and ultimately took their lives.

IVC filters are very tiny, spider-shaped devices that are implanted into the inferior vena cava, the largest vein in the body. These filters were designed to break up blood clots. Unfortunately, they have caused more than 35 horrific deaths. When these devices fail, they fracture and are pushed throughout the body.

The Fatal Consequences of Corporate Negligence

What makes this case of negligence unforgiveable is that C.R. Bard knew its IVC Recovery blood clot filters were unsafe, but still sold 34,000 before releasing a replacement.

One victim of the IVC Recovery filter died in front of his wife. The man was outfitted with the IVC filter while recovering from bariatric surgery at the University of Kansas Medical Center. According to his wife, he began to complain of pressure in his chest. As his wife was helping him walk to the bathroom he collapsed and died. A blood clot had fractured the filter and knocked it out of place.

Other victims have suffered near-fatal injuries. In an interview with NBC News, a woman described how C.R. Bard’s Recovery IVC filter almost resulted in her death. Instead of stopping a blood clot, the filter was pushed through her body, causing it to pierce her heart.

C.R. Bard released the G2 filter to replace the Recovery filter, but it suffered from similar problems. FDA records show 12 people have died from the G2 filter. Although C.R. Bard was aware the G2 filter had similar problems, it kept them on the market until 2010 and sold more than 160,000 of them.

It is unforgiveable for a company to develop and release products that have defects capable of killing consumers. Fortunately, companies that put the lives of people at risk often face lawsuits.

Galloway Jefcoat is a Lafayette-based personal injury law firm with 20 years of experience holding negligent corporations accountable.


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