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FDA Warns Against the Use of IVC Filters
Due to Migration, Perforation, and
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Patients who suffer from the threat of pulmonary embolism (or blood clots) and are contraindicated for anticoagulation therapy may find themselves at the mercy of a new and vastly unproven device known as an Inferior Vena Cava filter or IVC. This device which roughly resembles a bird’s nest is inserted into a patient’s arteries to prevent clotting. IVC filters, especially the Bard G2® and Recovery® models gained wide use since the 2003 introduction, and now patients many are now at risk. This device was supposed to reduce or eliminate the risk of pulmonary embolism, a serious clotting condition that often results in death.
Accordingly, IVC filter placement has more than doubled over the last decade and that while uncomplicated filter placement is a relatively straightforward ambulatory procedure, the setting up of inferior vena cava filter registries and reporting outcomes are not mandatory. Since the first IVC filter was granted premarket approval FDA has received roughly one thousand adverse reports involving these filters in its MAUDE database which is maintained by the FDA as a voluntary reporting system. The overwhelming complaint was that IVC Filters, especially those designed and manufactured by Bard, break down and embolize throughout the body.
Bard G2 and Recovery IVC Filters Fail’You May Be Entitled To Compensation Comprehensive research of IVC filers produced by Bard, Crux , Cook Medical, Greenfield, Gunther Tulip and Boston Scientific over the last seven years coupled with the reports made by physicians and consumers, has prompted the FDA to urge physicians recommending an IVC filter to think twice . The FDA has told physicians to consider the risk and benefits for individual patients instead of simply choosing the IVC for all patients who are ineligible for anticoagulation therapy, and to remove the device once the symptoms have diminished.
The dangers and side effects caused by IVC Filters, especially those manufactured by Bard, will likely result in lawsuits.
These lawsuits will stem from the IVC device:
- Migrating from its initial implantation location
Embolizing, or breaking and entering the blood stream of the patient
Perforating the patient’s veins
Fracturing and traveling throughout the bloodstream
These defects are often not manifested by any symptoms in patients which makes identification of the problem very difficult. Experienced National IVC Filter Counsel to Protect Your Right to Compensation If you have an IVC Filter, whether manufactured by Bard, Boston Scientific, Cook Medical or Crux, please contact us and we will direct you to someone that handles defective and recalled medical device lawsuits across the country.
This website is sponsored as an informational service to those individuals that have had IVC filters implanted and experienced migration, fractures, embolization, or perforation.
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Bard IVC Filter Lawsuits
Our Bard IVC Filter lawsuit attorneys are currently reviewing cases for patients who were harmed by Bard IVC Filter complications such as migration and fracture. Bard IVC Filter problems can lead to potentially life-threatening injuries and a number of people who have suffered as a result of dangerous Bard IVC Filters have opted to file IVC Filter lawsuits for compensation.
If you or someone you love has suffered injury as a result of a Bard IVC Filter, our lnferior Vena Cava Filter lawsuit attorneys can help protect your legal rights. Bard IVC Filter Problems
Bard IVC Filters such as the Bard G2 IVC Filter and the Bard Recovery IVC Filter models are implanted in patients who cannot take anticoagulant drugs to prevent a pulmonary embolism or blood clot in the lungs. The filters are cone-shaped with legs that extend to intercept blood clots. In a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in 2010, researchers found the complication rate in Bard G2 IVC Filters to be up to 12%. In addition to these findings, the researchers also found that the rate of complication with Bard G2 IVC Filters grows in relation to the length of time the filter is allowed to stay in place, leading them to believe that the risk of complication can increase with the passage of time. Out of 80 IVC Filter patients studied, 13 patients were found to have at least one IVC fracture. This can lead to pieces of the filter entering the bloodstream and landing in the lungs, liver, and heart.
The risk of IVC Filter fraction or migration was so common in study participants that the researchers made the decision to stop implanting these devices at their institutions. The FDA joins the researchers in urging doctors and patients to thoroughly review the risks associated with the Bard IVC Filters before using them, and to make sure the implants are removed as soon as the risk of a blood clot has passed.
A number of patients who have suffered injury and the families of patients who died as a result of Bard IVC Filter complications have opted to file defective medical device lawsuits in pursuit of compensation for medical bills and other damages. In these medical product liability lawsuits, attorneys argue that C.R. Bard was aware of the high rate of risks associated with the medical device, but that they continued to make and market the products without properly informing consumers of these risks. Contact our Bard IVC Filter Lawsuit Attorneys If you or someone you love was harmed or killed as a result of implantation with a Bard IVC Filter system, you may be entitled to pursue compensation in a medical product liability lawsuit. Our Bard IVC Filter lawsuit attorneys can help you learn more about your rights in a free legal consultation.
Bard IVC Filter Injuries
Bard IVC filters can be victim to a number of problems or complications that may lead to serious injury or death. Some of the most prominent Bard IVC filter problems reported to the FDA include:
- The filter migrates, or changes position
- The filter becomes lodged in the body
- The filter may perforate an organ, vessel, or tissue
- The filter may fracture or break loose and travel to other organs such as the
heart and lungs
- The filter may become blocked
- The filter may not be removable
These noted Bard IVC filter complications may lead to serious or life-
Threatening injuries, such as:
- Cardiac tamponade
- Heart perforation
- Hemorrhagic pericardial effusion
- Lung perforation
- Vena cava puncture
- Ventricular tachycardia
Bard IVC Filter Recall
At this time, the FDA is planning to review the safety and failure rate of Bard IVC filters to determine whether a recall of this potentially dangerous medical device is necessary. Physicians are now advised to make all patients aware of the risks associated with these devices. They should also be prepared to remove any Bard IVC filters as soon as the risk of clotting has passed.
A number of people who have suffered injury or loss as a result of Bard IVC filters have opted to file dangerous medical device product liability lawsuits against C.R. Bard, claiming that the company failed to warn patients and doctors of the risks associated with this product. If you or someone you love was injured after being implanted with a Bard IVC filter, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Contact a Bard IVC filter recall lawyer at our product liability law firm today to learn more about your rights in a free legal
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Hip Replacement Lawsuit Settlement
Hip replacement is a type of surgery that is very common today. Many people want to have this procedure for repairing injured hip joint effectively.
When this procedure is done correctly, it can be used to improve the overall health of hip joints. It can be used to treat some health issues, such as fracture hips, arthritis, and also damaged joint.
Many doctors also recommend this method for all customers. It can increase mobility and reduce pain in most patients quickly.
Side Effects Hip Replacement
Some patients may have complications related with their hip replacement procedures. Some of these complications can be detected instantly, while other complications may occur after several years. In most cases, people usually suffer from painful joint around their hips. Some people also suffer from fractured bones when doing hip replacement procedure.
There are many factors that can cause these side effects, including improper procedure, wrong surgery tool, foreign particles, inexperienced surgeons, and many other factors. The combination of those factors can increase the risk of getting failed procedure. This failure can lead to a lot of health issues in the future, especially when it is not treated properly.
File A Hip Replacement Lawsuit
When you are suffering from this failed procedure, you have a right to find justice in court. You are able to submit legal claims against some hip implant manufacturers, for example Stryker, Zimmer, and DePuy.
This hip replacement lawsuit is very useful to help you cover the ongoing medical care and other future repair surgery treatments. You need to consult with your lawyer when you want to ask for this legal claim. There are some steps that you need to do, so you can complete the procedure legally.
Compensation For Damage And Injury
There are some important things that are covered with the lawsuit. When this procedure is done correctly, it can be used to help patients compensate their loss or injuries. Filing a lawsuit can be used to provide compensation for medical bills, pain, suffering, lost wages, and also damaged relationships.
Because of these benefits, many people are interested with this lawsuit. When it is necessary, you can file a lawsuit against any hip implant companies. You can also ask for a claim from your doctor or clinic.
Filing a lawsuit for solving your hip replacement problem is very important to help you compensate any damages or loss easily. You need to consult with a professional lawyer to discuss about this case.
It is recommended that you compare some available lawyers before selecting the best one for assisting you in this case. A good lawyer can help you get compensation for any pain, loss, or damages caused by the improper hip replacement procedure.
Da Vinci Robotic Surgery Lawsuits: Important Facts And Information
There have been numerous lawsuits over the years investigating potential harm caused by the Da Vinci Surgical Robot. The robot is manufactured by a U.S. company known as Intuitive Surgical Inc. The first ever Da Vinci Robot was made in year 2000.
Although the robot has been used successfully in the U.S. and many other parts of the world to perform numerous surgical procedures i.e. hysterectomies, prostate removal surgeries, thyroid cancer surgeries, gastric bypasses and gall bladder removals just to mention a few surgical procedures, there have been a number of Da Vinci robotic hysterectomy surgery lawsuits where the robot is alleged to have caused serious injury/suffering in patients.
Some of the most common suits that have come up over the years revolve around damage or injuries such as; surgical burns to organs and arteries, excessive bleeding as a result of punctured blood vessels/arteries/organs, severe bowel injuries, punctured/cut ureters and vaginal cuff dehiscence. In a few severe cases, the machine has been alleged to cause wrongful death.
There has been at least one plaintiff who alleged that the robot is defectively designed. There are many lawsuits which have alleged that many doctors lack proper training to use the robot effectively.
Critics of the Robot have also criticized how the robot was marketed initially implying that the robot was solely meant to increase revenues for hospitals. Before looking at some of the main suits to ever take place, let’s first discuss the robot briefly.
The Da Vinci Surgical Robot
First and foremost, it is important to acknowledge the size of the Da Vinci. The robot is massive machine. The robot is also operated remotely by a surgeon/s via a console with controls which resemble joysticks. The robot was designed to perform a wide range of movements surpassing the capability of the human hand.
This allows the robot to perform numerous surgical operations with minimal intrusions. For instance, the robot can perform numerous abdominal surgeries without minimal stomach opening.
During typical robotic procedures, the robotic arms are strategically placed to burn away a patient’s tissues so that the diseased body organ can be removed. The robot is preferred because it performs less invasive surgery which minimizes blood loss, scarring and promotes faster recovery. One of these machines costs over $1 million.
It is however important to note that despite the high cost, hospitals haven’t been scared of from buying the robot. Although the robot was designed with safety in mind, there are numerous lawsuits which have arose from surgeries gone bad. Below is a summary of the main lawsuits.
Top Da Vinci Robotic Surgery Lawsuits
One of the earliest lawsuits dates back to December 2003. The lawsuit was filed in Florida by a window of teacher after a doctor at the St Joseph’s Hospital (located in Tampa) accidentally cut the aorta and vena cava of the widow’s husband using the Robot while attempting to remove the victim’s cancerous kidney.
The lawsuit claimed that St Joseph’s Hospital allows the surgery to be performed by inexperienced doctors compromising the safety of the patient.
Another notable lawsuit was filed in may 2010 when Sherry Long; a 47 year old woman sued Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in New Hampshire for allegedly severing her ureters during a hysterectomy procedure performed on her by the Da Vinci Robot on 2nd March 2009. The suit alleged that the injury was caused by surgeons who were poorly trained on how to use the Da Vinci Robot.
One of the most recent and notable cases dates back to March 2012. A New York man filed a lawsuit in New York State’s South District claiming that the use the robot had caused medical complications and the eventual death of his 24 year old daughter. The man had taken his daughter for a hysterectomy in a New York hospital.
The suit claimed the robot had caused artery and intestinal burns which caused the victim’s death 2 weeks after surgery.
The suit went further to claim that the woman’s injuries resulted from design flaws of the Da Vinci including un-insulated surgical arms as well as the use of electric current which can easily jump to healthy organs and tissues causing serious burns and damage.
This lawsuit is undoubtedly one of the first lawsuits alleging that the Da Vinci robot has design defects.