May 31, 2016 — A lawsuit has been filed by a woman who was injured by an IVC filter that was recently pulled off the market in the United States.
The plaintiff, December Faye Klock, is a resident of Mississippi who was injured by the Bard Eclipse® Vena Cava Filter after it was implanted in March 2014 at a hospital in Mississippi.
The lawsuit (PDF) was filed against C.R. Bard and Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for Arizona — Case No. 2:16-cv-01681, In re: Bard IVC Filters Products Liability Litigation.
Vena cava filters are designed to catch blood clots and prevent pulmonary embolisms. They are implanted in the inferior vena cava (IVC), a major vein that leads to the heart.
In 2010, the FDA recommended removing temporary IVC filters as soon as the patient’s risk of blood clots subsided — ideally within 29 and 54 days after implantation. Unfortunately, many of the filters are not removed for years.
The case will be overseen by U.S. District Judge David G. Campbell. Approximately 550 other lawsuits are currently centralized in Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2641).
Judges created the MDL in August 2015 to coordinate federal lawsuits involving Bard IVC filters. All of the lawsuits claim the filters are defective or unreasonably dangerous because they can fracture, tilt, migrate, or perforate the vena cava and cause injuries.
The plaintiff is represented by Ben C. Martin of the Law Offices of Ben Martin.
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