NEW YORK, April 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- C.R. Bard, Inc. has been ordered to pay $3.6 million to a Georgia woman who suffered serious complications after the company's G2 inferior vena cava (IVC) filter fractured inside her body. The case was the first to go to trial in the U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, where more than 3,600 IVC filter lawsuits involving Bard's devices have been centralized for coordinated pretrial proceedings. (Case No. 16-CV-0474-PHX-DCG)
"Our Firm is representing a number of plaintiffs who claim to have suffered life-threatening injuries and complications due to the malfunction of an allegedly defective IVC filter. We were monitoring this case closely and are pleased with the verdict, as it could predict how future juries will decide similar claims involving Bard's products," says Sandy A. Liebhard LLP, a partner at Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm continues to offer free legal reviews to individuals who were seriously injured due to an allegedly defective IVC filter.
C.R. Bard IVC Filter Lawsuits
IVC filters, such as C.R. Bard's G2 product, are intended to be implanted in the inferior vena cava in patients at risk for pulmonary embolism. Once in place, the tiny, wire, cage-like devices intercept blood clots before they can travel to the heart and lungs. Retrievable filters, such as the G2, are intended to be removed from the body once the patient is out of danger.
In 2010, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) reported that retrievable IVC filters had been associated with more than 900 adverse events, including incidents of migration, fracture and embolization, and perforation of the inferior vena cava. In 2014, the agency issued a new advisory to remind doctors that retrievable IVC filters should be removed within 29 to 54 days of their implantation
According to court records, the plaintiff in this recently concluded case was implanted with C.R. Bard's G2 filter in 2007. The device subsequently fractured, tilted and migrated, causing one or more of its components to perforate her inferior vena cava. Though she underwent surgery to remove the IVC filter, a piece remains in her body.
The jury convened to hear her case returned its verdict on March 30th, following just 6 ½ hours of deliberations. The panel found C.R. Bard 80% responsible for the harm suffered by the plaintiff, awarding her $1.6 million in actual damages. A hearing on punitive damages was held immediately following the verdict, with the jury subsequently awarding the plaintiff another $2 million.
Individuals who suffered serious complications following implantation of a C.R. Bard IVC filter may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. To learn more, please visit Bernstein Liebhard LLP's website. Free, no-obligation legal consultations can also be obtained by calling 800-511-5092.
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