The lawsuit was filed by Jessica W., a woman who was implanted with the Denali® Vena Cava Filter twice — once in May 2014 and again in September 2014.
Denali is both a permanent and retrievable filter. It consists of 12 needle-like wire legs arranged in a cone shape. It is implanted in the inferior vena cava (IVC) to catch blood clots and prevent pulmonary embolisms.
Unfortunately, IVC filters can fracture, tilt, and damage internal organs. These risks increase the longer it remains implanted.
In May, a class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of everyone who was implanted with the Denali or another Bard filter, even if they have not been injured. Lawyers are seeking compensation for medical monitoring and follow-up care.
C.R. Bard Inc. and Bard Peripheral Vascular Inc. are accused of negligence for selling a defective medical device, failing to warn about known health risks, and other violations of law.
The lawsuit was filed on September 6, 2016 in the U.S. District Court for Arizona — Case No. 2:16-cv-02977.
The case will be consolidated with over 800 other lawsuits in Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2641) — In Re: Bard IVC Filters Products Liability Litigation.
The plaintiff is represented by Ben C. Martin and Thomas Wm. Arbon of the Law Offices of Ben C. Martin in Dallas, Texas.