March 13, 2013 — A woman who suffered life-threatening complications of the Bard G2 IVC filter has filed a lawsuit against C.R. Bard in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida (Jacksonville). The Bard G2 IVC Filter is a medical device that its implanted in a patient’s inferior vena cava (IVC) to prevent pulmonary embolisms by filtering blood clots before they travel to the lungs. The lawsuit alleges that Bard was negligent for failing to warn customers about the life-threatening side effects associated with the device.
The plaintiff, Lessie Tillman, was implanted with the IVC filter on February 2008 in Jacksonville, Florida. About one year later, doctors discovered that the filter migrated to a kidney vein and caused internal injuries. She required extensive medical treatment, including an unsuccessful surgery to remove the G2 IVC filter. She also continues to suffer pain, medical expenses, disability, and more.
The lawsuit alleges that C.R. Bard was negligent because they failed to conduct appropriate clinical testing of the G2, and they knew and/or should have known about the risk of the following life-threatening complications:
- Excessive tilting
- Perforation of the vena cava wall
- Cardiac / pericardial tamponade
- Cardiac arrhythmia
- Heart attack
- Severe pain
- Perforations of tissue, organs, and blood vessels
- Inability to remove the device
The lawsuit also alleges that C.R. Bard was negligent because:
“Even when Defendants designed and began marketing what they alleged to be a device that specifically reduced the above described risks, they still failed to issue a recall or notify consumers that a safer device was available.”
C.R. Bard is facing a growing number of IVC filter lawsuits from people who were injured by the devices. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also warned about the risks associated with “retrievable” IVC filters (such as the G2) that are not removed after the patient’s risk of pulmonary embolism subsides. In 2010, a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine linked the G2 to a 12% risk of failure.
IVC Filter Lawsuit Information
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has an IVC Filter, our lawyers would like to speak with you immediately. We are evaluating every case regardless of whether you experienced side effects or not. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit. Please use the form below to contact our lawyers or call us toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 879-3040.
Do I have a Texas IVC Filter Lawsuit?
Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping Texans that have been injured or wronged.
Collen’s amazing success in the courtroom and well known dedication to his clients has earned him the recognition of his peers as one of The Top Trial Lawyers in Texas.”
The Clark Firm has assembled a team of trial lawyers with more than 100 years experience, participation in over 600 jury trials and $60 million in verdicts and/or settlements. Please use the form below to contact us for a free Texas IVC filter lawsuit review.