Bard G2 Express Filter
The Bard G2 Express filter is the second generation version of the Bard Recovery filter. The filter has been linked to serious side effects. Unfortunately, doctors have been unsuccessful in removing the device from patients. Some patients have undergone several surgeries to correct problems arising from the implantation of the Bard G2 Express filter. Patients have filed lawsuits against Bard alleging that the manufacturer knew about filter fractures and migrations, but continued selling the device causing harm to thousands of patients.
Contact our law office if you or a loved one has suffered an injury arising from the Bard G2 Express filter. Read on to learn more about the Bard G2 Express filter lawsuits and how we can help you.
Bard G2 Express Filter Overview
The Bard G2 Express filter, manufactured by C.R. Bard, Inc., is implanted into a patient's inferior vena cava to catch lower body blood clots. The clots are captured to prevent them from traveling to the heart or the lungs and developing into a pulmonary embolism. The filter is used for patients who cannot take anticoagulants.
The Bard G2 filter is a small multi-legged device. Patients have reported medical complications arising from the filter fracturing and migrating out of place. In particular, patients have filed reports claiming that the filter punctured their vena cava or sharp shards from the legs migrated into their heart or lungs causing health complications.
The device should be removed once the risk of pulmonary embolism has passed. Unfortunately, doctors have left the removable device in patients longer than necessary. In 2013, a study published by JAMA Internal Medicine reported that 10% of IVC filters are removed successfully. The study also concluded that 8% of patients implanted with the device experience a pulmonary embolism.
Patients who suffer bodily injury from a migrated device often experience the following symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Abnormal heart beat
Contact your doctor if you have experienced any of the above referenced symptoms. You may need surgery to have the device removed. Do not delay in obtaining medical assistance.
Bard G2 Express Filter Lawsuits
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warnings regarding the Bard G2 Express filter. The agency stressed the importance of removing the device once the threat of developing a pulmonary embolism passes. Since 2005, the FDA has received more than 900 reports involving Bard G2 Express filter complications. The FDA has yet to recall the FDA devices.
Patients have filed lawsuits against Bard alleging the company failed to warn the medical community about the risks of health complications arising from the implantation of the Bard G2 Express filter. Cases against Bard have been centralized into a Multidistrict Litigation (MDL). MDL lawsuits have formed in Indiana and Arizona:
- Cook Medical, Inc., IVC Filters Product Liability Litigation, MDL No.
- Bard IVC Filters Product Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2641
Our law office is currently reviewing individual claims for damages against Bard. Contact us for a consultation. We can provide you with legal guidance and advice on how to proceed in filing a claim against Bard. Do not delay in filing a claim. Doing so can bar your chances of recovery.