A Nevada IVC filter attorney notes an investigation suggesting that Bard kept defective IVC filters on the market knowing that they were dangerous. Affected patients who have been injured by IVC filters, as well as the families of those killed due to complications with the device, may be eligible to pursue claims by filing a Nevada IVC filter lawsuit.
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Claim: Bard Chose Not To Recall or Stop Selling Faulty Filters
An investigation into Bard IVC filter devices indicates that Bard Medical kept a series of its inferior vena cava (IVC) filters on the market for several years despite knowing that they had a high risk of failure. The company sold over 160,000 of the filters, which have been implicated in 12 deaths and hundreds of reported complications.
Confidential records from Bard Medical reveal that the company had concerns about the safety of its G2 and G2 Express IVC filters for several years but failed to remove them from the market. According to CNBC News, Bard designed the G2 series filters to replace its Recovery filters, which have been linked to complications such as fracture, migration, patient injuries and death, but the G2 filters continued to exhibit many of the same problems. Bard reportedly was aware of some of these issues within four months of receiving U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance to sell the filters, yet the company chose not to recall them or cease selling them.
Reports indicate that, compared to competing products, the filters in the G2 series are more likely to break apart, migrate and cause serious complications. By late 2005, officials at Bard knew that the filters introduced a greater risk of issues such as tilting and perforation than other filters that the company produced. However, Bard allegedly chose to keep the devices on the market until 2010, potentially exposing thousands of patients to unnecessary adverse outcomes, the website reported.
How A Nevada IVC Filter Attorney Can Help
Medical device makers have a duty to provide safe products. If there are risks of harm associated with their devices, they also must provide adequate warnings. If a device maker fails to fulfill this duty, it could be held liable in lawsuits for injuries that may result.
Patients who are injured by IVC filters may be entitled to compensation for damages, including:
- Medical expenses
- The permanency of the injury
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish
- Loss of income or ability to work
If a patient dies from complications related to a defective IVC Filter, family members may be entitled to compensation for the wrongful death of their loved one, including:
- Conscious pain and suffering of a loved one prior to death
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish from the loss of a loved one
- Funeral expenses
Patients who have suffered severe complications from IVC filters, as well as the families of those who have died as a result of complications with the device, are encouraged to seek the advice of a Nevada IVC filter attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies.
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