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Attorney Explains Bard and Cook IVC Filter Injuries

We are evaluating and accepting Cook Celect and Bard Recovery and G2 IVC Filter injury cases nationwide.

There are serious and fatal complications of the widely used Cook or Bard inferior vena cava (IVC) filters.

FDA Warning to Remove Filters

The FDA has received many hundreds of reports of adverse events and product problems associated with IVC filters.

Types of reports include device migration, filter fracture, embolization (movement of the entire filter or fracture fragments to the heart or lungs), perforation of the IVC, and difficulty removing the device.

Some of these events led to bad clinical outcomes. These types of events may be related to how long the filter has been implanted.

Other known long-term risks associated with IVC filters include lower limb deep vein thrombosis and IVC occlusion.

For patients with retrievable filters, some complications may be avoided if the filter can be removed once the risk of pulmonary embolism has subsided.

The FDA is concerned that retrievable IVC filters, when placed for a short-term risk of pulmonary embolism, are not always removed once the risk subsides.

The FDA recommends that implanting physicians responsible for the ongoing care of patients with retrievable IVC filters consider removing the filter as soon as protection from pulmonary embolism is no longer needed.

A patient should be referred for IVC filter removal when the risk/benefit profile favors removal and the procedure is feasible given the patient’s health status.

What is an IVC Filter?

IVC filters are small, cage-like devices that are inserted into the inferior vena cava to capture blood clots and prevent them from reaching the lungs.

The inferior vena cava is the main vessel returning blood from the lower half of the body to the heart.

IVC filters are frequently placed in patients at risk for pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in the lungs) when anticoagulant therapy cannot be used or is ineffective.

IVC filters are designed to be permanent implants although some of these devices may have the option to be removed.

Bard G2 IVC Filter Lawsuits

G2™ Filter System Lawsuits allege that the G2 Filter System possesses manufacturing and design defects which resulted in device failure. The injured plaintiffs experienced fracture and migration of the G2 Filter.

In 2005, Bard Peripheral Vascular began selling its G2 IVC filter. This replaced the Recovery IVC filter. Despite the "enhanced fracture resistance" and "enhanced migration resistance" advertisements by Bard Peripheral Vascular, the device has still been shown to fracture, fail and migrate.


The Dr. Shezad Malik Law Firm is accepting Bard IVC Filter related injury cases in all 50 states, including California, Florida, Illinois, New York and Texas.

If you or somebody you know was injured, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form to contact our team or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at 214-390-3189 ext 2 or 214-390-3189.


Did you have a Bard IVC Filter inserted due to prevent pulmonary embolism? Did the Bard IVC Filter break apart or fracture causing significant damage?

Did you or a loved one suffer IVC Filter complications? Perforation of the Heart, Lungs or Vena Cava, Internal Bleeding, Cardiac Tamponade, Hematoma, Pulmonary embolism, Infection or Severe Chest Pain?

Bard Recovery IVC Filter Lawsuits

The Bard Recovery IVC filter was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2002. It was placed on the market for use in 2003.

Its manufacturer, Bard Peripheral Vascular withdrew the Recovery IVC filter from the market in 2005 and replaced it with the G2 IVC filter. The G2 IVC filter is the "second generation" of the Recovery IVC filter.

A recent medical report has found that 25% of all Bard Recovery IVC filters and 12% of Bard G2 IVC filters fractured. These fractured filters have the potential become dislodged and cause serious and fatal injury.

71% of the broken pieces migrated through the veins of the patient to the heart. The FDA has received more than 900 reports of adverse events, including:

  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Filter Fracture, Migration or Embolization, leading to Injury to the Heart, Lung or Vena Cava
  • Cardiac or Pericardial Tamponade
  • Severe Persistent Chest Pain
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Death
Free Bard IVC Filter Case Evaluation

Injured by Bard IVC Filter? Contact Dr. Shezad Malik Law Firm Now Dr. Shezad Malik Law Firm is currently investigating Bard IVC Filters side effect injury cases nationwide. If you or somebody you know was injured, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation.

Please use the form to contact our team or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at 214-390-3189 ext 2.

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