Wisconsin IVC Filter Injury Lawyers

Wisconsin IVC Filter Lawsuit Attorneys

Have you or someone you know been injured due to an IVC filter? If so, you might be entitled to medical benefits and monetary compensation. Contact us today. They serve all of Wisconsin including Racine, Madison, Milwaukee, Kenosha and Green Bay. They also serve the entire United States.

Faulty IVC Filters & What You Need To Know

IVC filters are meant to protect patients from the dangers associated with blood clots, strokes, and other types of life threatening events. The device looks like a spider that fits snugly against the IVC. The filter is placed in the inferior vena cava, (IVC), and this device is used by doctors to prevent a blood clot (pulmonary embolism), from traveling to the heart or to the lungs. The IVC is an important blood vessel that allows blood to pass from the lower portion of the body, i.e., the trunk, legs and feet, to the heart.

It has been found that the devices are faulty and can prove deadly if they break off, or become dislodged. There have been incidents with Bard IVC filters where shards of the filter have broken off and this is the equivalent of having a stroke because the shard or piece that breaks off can travel right to the heart and this is very dangerous. If this has happened to you or a loved one, we want you to contact our IVC filter injury lawyers.

The Damage IVC Filters Cause

IVC filters can be temporary or they can be permanent. The temporary version has a history of breaking or splitting into pieces that can travel through the body. If the shards or pieces are left for too long, the person can develop complications including:

  • Lower limb deep vein thrombosis (DVT): This is when a blood clot forms in one of the deep veins of the body.
  • Filter migration: This is when a piece of the filter travels in the body and reaches a sensitive organ like the lungs, heart or other organs. Often, immediate surgery is required.
  • Filter perforation: This is when a shard of the filter perforates the IVC vein.
  • Filter fractures: A fracture in the filter can be life threatening.
  • Pathogenic bacteria in the blood: This can occur from a foreign substance in the body. The person can develop a severe infection like sepsis.
  • Other risks: Filter infiltration, tilting of the filter, the inability to retrieve it, compromised respiration, stroke and even death.

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FDA Recommendations About IVC Filters

It has been reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that there have been several cases where IVC filters have malfunctioned. Health complications that can occur due to IVC filter damage include:

  • Blood clots
  • Cardiac tamponade
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Emergency removal of the device
  • Heart attack
  • Hemorrhages
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Respiratory distress
  • Shortness of breath

Seek Immediate Medical Assistance

Given the dangers associated with IVC filters, the FDA has recommended that anyone with an IVC filter have it removed right away. The device, according to the FDA, is only to help until the pulmonary embolism subsides. The longer it stays in the body, the more difficult it is to remove and the more damage it can potentially cause. If you or someone you know has an IVC filter or have experienced any of the medical conditions from an IVC filter, seek medical assistance immediately.

Once you consult a physician about your IVC filter removal, you can contact our Milwaukee, Wisconsin IVC filter lawsuit attorneys. We can help prepare a case for you to cover your medical expenses and out of pocket expenses associated with this type of injury. This may include time off from work during your recovery and compensation for pain and suffering if you developed a medical condition as a result of having the IVC filter in place. Have a question about your IVC filter? Contact us now…

IVC Filter Lawsuit Information

The largest manufacturers of IVC filters are C.R. Bard and Cook Medical. Since the 1960’s, Bard has been using IVC filters and they were supposed to be temporary. They petitioned to have the devices used on a permanent basis and several lawsuits have been filed by women in the U.S. These lawsuits have alleged design defects, negligent representation and breach of the implied warranty. Plaintiffs have claimed that Bard knew about associated problems with the devices, yet failed to remove it from the market. It has been alleged that Bard continued to manufacture the filters and did not tell the FDA about the health problems that people were developing.

The devices in the lawsuit include Bard Recovery, Bard G2 and G2 Express, Cook Celect, and Cook Gunther Tulip. In Indiana and Arizona, there are multidistrict litigation lawsuits (MDL) against Cook Medical, Inc., IVC Filters Product Liability Litigation, MDL No. and Bard IVC Filters Product Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2641. Additionally, class action lawsuits have been filed in California, Florida, and Pennsylvania against Bard.

What Do I Need To File An IVC Filter Claim?

Contact your doctor and then contact our Madison, Wisconsin IVC filter lawsuit lawyers if you were implanted with an IVC filter and it malfunctioned or caused injury. You may also want to speak with your doctor if they say you no longer pose a risk for a pulmonary embolism and they don’t want to take out the filter. In filing a claim on your behalf, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, impaired earning if you had to decrease your work hours, emotional anguish, and loss of fulfillment of life.

Our Milwaukee, Wisconsin IVC filter injury lawyers are available to help you now. Don’t wait with what can be a life threatening injury. You do not need to pay anything to have a faulty IVC filter removed and your health is too important. Don’t wait. Contact our Madison Milwaukee IVC filter lawsuit attorneys today.

No matter what state you were injured in our team of Milwaukee Wisconsin mass tort lawyers and wrongful death attorneys can help as they serve all 50 states and Washington D.C. including: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington D.C., West Virginia, Wisconsin & Wyoming.