PHOENIX, July 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) will hear oral arguments this week about whether to centralize Inferior vena cava (IVC) Filter lawsuits filed against C.R. Bard. Claims against competing IVC manufacturer, Cook Medical, have already been centralized by the JPML.
"IVC filters are small devices implanted in patients at risk for a pulmonary embolism. The filters are designed to prevent blood clots from traveling to the lungs. Claims against Bard and Cook involve incidents of retrievable IVC filters fracturing, moving out of place, puncturing the vena cava or causing other internal injuries," says Attorney Robert Arentz, founder of the Arentz Law Group. The Arentz Law Group recently launched a nationwide campaign to inform those harmed by defective IVC Filters of their legal rights.
A study published in the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine in March 2013 indicated that less than 10% of filters evaluated in the study were successfully removed from patients and 8% of recipients of IVC filters suffered a pulmonary embolism despite the device's presence.
In May 2014, the FDA urged doctors to remove IVC filters within about one to two months after the risk of a pulmonary embolism has passed. Current lawsuits allege that, prior to the FDA warning, doctors were not adequately warned by manufacturers about the importance of retrieving the devices and appropriate steps were not taken to warn doctors and patients about their potential for defect.
The Arentz Law Group has announced that they are providing free legal consultations to those who have experienced serious complications after receiving a Bard or Cook IVC Filter. Those whose IVC filters have tilted, broken apart, punctured the Vena Cava or caused other internal injuries are encouraged to visit the IVC Filter Legal Help Center on facebook or visit the Arentz Law Group IVC filter information page to redeem their free legal consultation or to find out more about IVC filter litigation.
At a hearing tomorrow in San Francisco, California, a panel of federal judges will consider a motion to coordinate pretrial proceedings and discovery of all Bard Recovery IVC filter lawsuits and Bard G2 IVC filter lawsuits to one judge. Plaintiffs hope to see their cases brought before US District Judge James E. Kinkeade, of the Northern District of Texas or alternatively with court of Judge Robert C. Jones in the District of Nevada.
SOURCE Arentz Law Group