The lawsuit was filed by Effie R. on behalf of Velvet R., a deceased woman from Alabama who was injured by the Denali® Inferior Vena Cava Filter (“IVC Filter”) manufactured by C.R. Bard and Bard Peripheral Vascular Inc.
The IVC Filter was surgically implanted on December 7, 2015 at a hospital in Alabama. The purpose of the IVC Filter was to prevent a Venous Thromboembolism (VTE), which is a life-threatening medical condition in which blood clots travel in the bloodstream until they hit the heart.
The lawsuit accuses C.R. Bard of selling a defective medical device with dangerous design flaws that caused severe injury to the plaintiff.
The Denali® is one of Bard’s newest generations of IVC Filters, but it has been linked to many of the same serious safety hazards as earlier models — particularly fracture of the metal legs and embolization of the broken pieces straight to a patient’s heart, causing sudden death.
For example, a case report published in January 2015 describes a 46 year-old woman who nearly died when a Denali® IVC Filter fractured within less than 6 months of being implanted.
Fragments of the broken IVC Filter traveled in the woman’s veins until they got stuck in her heart and punctured her heart muscle, resulting in a life-threatening irregular heart rhythm called cardiac tamponade.
Emergency open-heart surgery was necessary to remove the broken pieces of the Denali IVC Filter. When doctors examined the fragments using an electron microscope, they blamed the failure on poor design:
Electron microscopic fragment analysis revealed high-cycle metal fatigue indicating the filter design failed to withstand this patient’s natural inferior vena cava biomechanical motions.”
The lawsuit was filed on July 12, 2017 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona — Case No. 2:17-cv-02268-DGC.
The case will be transferred into one federal court along where there are now over 2,000 other IVC filter lawsuits against C.R. Bard — Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2641) — IN RE: Bard IVC Filters Products Liability Litigation.
The plaintiff is represented by Ben C. Martin of The Law Offices of Ben C. Martin in Dallas, Texas. He serves on the plaintiffs’ steering committee of the Bard IVC Filter MDL.