A federal jury has awarded $3.6 million in the first bellwether trial for the thousands of IVC filter lawsuits that have been filed over serious injuries.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a woman who received an IVC filter made by C.R. Bard. The device shifted from its intended position and perforated the large vein that carries blood from the extremities to the heart. The device broke apart and punctured her heart and other organs the lawsuit said.
The jury ordered Bard to pay $1.6 million for failing to warn patients and their physicians about the dangers of the filter. The company was also ordered to pay $2 million in punitive damages. The case was heard by U.S. District Judge David G. Campbell in U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona.
Thousands of Lawsuits Pending
Currently, 3,731 Bard IVC filter lawsuits have been filed over serious device complications and high failure rates. These cases have been centralized in multi-district litigation in Arizona to be heard in court by one judge. Bellwether cases are heard early to gauge how juries will react to evidence and information and often guides any potential negotiations for settlement.
Some 4,042 cases are pending in Cook Medical IVC filter multidistrict litigation in Indiana under U.S. District Chief Judge Richard L. Young in MDL-2570.
Were You Injured by an IVC Filter?
Thousands of patients have suffered injury from IVC filters that migrated, broke, perforated vessels and punctured critical organs. If you or your family member suffered injury from an IVC filter, contact one of our IVC filter injury lawyers today to learn if you are eligible to seek justice for your injuries. For decades we have fought for the rights of patients harmed by the medical devices that were supposed to help, and we stand ready to fight for you now. Contact us now to learn more about your rights, the dangers of IVC filters, and whether you are entitled to significant financial compensation for your injuries.