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Bard blood clot filters subject of defective medical devices suit

Blood clot filters are often placed in a patient's veins when there is a risk for a pulmonary embolism. These filters are typically only recommended for short-term use, as long-term use can lead to very dangerous complications, which could include death. A husband and wife from a state outside West Virginia have filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of allegedly defective medical devices -- blood clot filters -- claiming that the devices caused past damage and will continue to cause future damage.

Around the middle of March in 2009, a woman underwent a surgery to have a Bard filter placed in a vein that was near her heart. The reasoning for the placement of this filter was to help prevent any blood clots in the veins from entering the heart. However, the filter allegedly failed and cannot be removed for some reason. In addition, the filter has allegedly perforated the vein. This has resulted in considerable medical bills, pain, suffering and disability, among several other losses.

In the couple's lawsuit, the plaintiffs state that over the course of two years – 2003 to 2005 – the filter manufacturer received close to three dozen reports of broken filters while the devices were inside veins. The company supposedly began to work on a redesign for the filter, and they removed all marketing campaigns. However, the company failed to issue an official recall or formally inform customers of the risk from the defective medical device.

Anyone here in West Virginia who has suffered an injury related to defective medical devices may be eligible to file a products liability claim against the manufacturer of the product. If there is merit for a lawsuit, anyone else who was involved in the design, production and selling of the faulty device may also be named as defendants. If successfully litigated, it may be possible for victims to recover past and future wages, past and future medical bills and compensation for mental anguish, pain and suffering and even disability.

Source:, "Alleged failed blood filter reason for liability lawsuit against C.R. Bard and Bard Peripheral Vascular", Molly English-Bowers, Nov. 24, 2015

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