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.
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