A recent investigation determined that medical device manufacturer, C.R. Bard, Inc., had knowledge of risks its inferior vena cava (IVC) filters posed to patients, yet the company took no corrective action to protect public health and safety.
Data from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shows as many as 27 deaths are linked to IVC filter injuries. An estimated 300 other patients suffered serious injuries due to device failure.
The unit can break apart or dislodge from the location where it was placed and can travel to other parts of the body, such as the lungs or heart. When this occurs, a patient can experience serious health complications or death.
According to NBC News, Bard became aware of the risks after the reports of injuries and deaths began to surface. Rather than take corrective action after an independent study found the company conducted supported the initial findings, Bard continued to sell and distribute the flawed IVC filter.
Many of those harmed by or lost loved ones to the Bard IVC filter have filed lawsuits seeking compensation for their losses. Those cases continue to make their way to the court systems.
Protecting the rights of those who have been harmed by defective medical devices is one of our missions at Norris Injury Lawyers. That’s why our defective medical device attorneys are hopeful decisions in these lawsuits will bring closure to each of those who were harmed.