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IVC Filters


Our firm is currently handling cases against both Cook Incorporated and C.R. Bard for the Inferior Vena Cava (“IVC”) Filters that they manufactured (see the complete list below). Attorney Joseph Williams is Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel for the Cook IVC Filter MDL located in Indianapolis, Indiana. IVC filters are similar to tiny birdcage-like devices which inserted into the inferior vena cava to capture blood clots and prevent them from making it to the lungs. IVC filters are often put in patients who are at risk for pulmonary embolism (PE, or a blood clot in the lungs) when anticoagulant therapy for the patient is ineffective or contraindicated. If patients require long-term protection from PE, then surgeons may implant permanent IVC filters. If people require short-term protection, doctors may implant a retrievable IVC filter that allows for device removal once PE risk subsides.

FDA Warning: Filters for Short-Term Use Only
On May 6, 2014, the FDA updated its safety communication: “Removing Retrievable Inferior Vena Cava Filters.” In August 2010, the FDA had issued an initial warning against leaving inferior vena cava filters implanted in patients for extended periods because of their potential to cause adverse health complications. The FDA warned that IVC filters are meant for short-term use only. Implanting doctors are instructed to remove the devices once the risk of pulmonary embolism subsides. The FDA was concerned about doctors not retrieving IVC filters intended only for short-term placement, hence exposing patients to fractured implants.

FDA reports Adverse Events
Since 2005, the FDA said it has received “921 device adverse event reports involving IVC filters, 328 for device migration; 146 for embolizations (detachment of device components); 70 for perforation of the IVC; 56 for filter fracture.” The FDA stated: “The FDA is concerned that these retrievable IVC filters, intended for short-term placement, are not always removed once a patient’s risk for PE subsides. Known long term risks associated with IVC filters include but are not limited to lower limb deep vein thrombosis (DVT), filter fracture, filter migration, filter embolization and IVC perforation.”

The product was voluntarily recalled in May 2016, after Ethicon, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, approached a pair of observational hernia repair registries seeking an analysis of the product's success rate. The registries determined that the Ethicon device failed at higher rates compared to that of similar hernia mesh repairs. Even though the studies were not published, key details were made public in removal notices released by Johnson & Johnson. Patients with the Ethicon device suffered above average hernia recurrence and reoperation rates following laparoscopic procedures, according to the notice.

If you or a loved one have had hernia repair surgery using Ethicon Physiomesh® Flexible Composite hernia mesh, and have since suffered from hernia recurrence requiring additional surgeries, then please contact our office to evaluate your potential claim.

IVC Filter Manufacturers and Brands
  • Cook Günther Tulip® Vena Cava Filter
  • Cook Celect® Vena Cava Filter
  • Gunther Tulip Mreye
  • Cook Celect Platinum
  • Other Cook Celect® Filter Set Femoral and Jugular Approach
  • Cook Celect
  • Bard Recovery® Vena Cava Filter
  • Bard G2® Vena Cava Filter
  • Bard G2® Express Vena Cava Filter
  • Bard G2® X Vena Cava Filter
  • Bard Meridian® Vena Cava Filter
  • Bard Denali® Vena Cava Filter

IVC Filter Complications
  • Fracture of the IVC Filter
  • Perforation, Puncture or Serious Damage to the Heart
  • Damage to the Lungs or Vena Cava
  • Internal Bleeding
  • Cardiac or Pericardial Tamponade
  • Ventricle Tachycardia
  • Lower Limb DVT
  • Hematoma or Nerve Injury at the Puncture Site
  • Constant and Severe Pain in the Heart, Chest, elsewhere
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Infection
  • Death

File an IVC Filter Lawsuit

Contact Riley Williams & Piatt, LLC now for a free legal consultation regarding an IVC Filter lawsuit or other IVC filter manufacturer lawsuit if you or a loved one has suffered serious complications after being implanted with an IVC filter.

Hernia Mesh


Hernias are a relatively common medical problem, that for many people, require surgery to alleviate daily pain, discomfort and other symptoms. Unfortunately, some people who thought they were repairing their hernia by having hernia mesh implanted to repair their hernia have instead faced potential infection, hernia recurrence and additional surgeries.

Our firm is currently investigating cases against various hernia mesh manufacturers, including Ethicon, C.R. Bard, Inc., Atrium Medical Corp. and Covidien.

Hernia Mesh Side Effects
Whether implanted laparoscopically or open surgery, mesh devices are regularly used to strengthen weakened or damaged tissue in hernia repair procedures. The flexible sheets, which can be synthetic or animal-tissue based, grew in popularity as a hernia repair technique throughout the 1980s, and accounted for roughly 90 percent of procedures by 2000, according to the Food and Drug Administration. The devices are believed to minimize time spent in surgery as well as recovery. If defective, however, they can cause severe complications.

Hernia mesh made of non-absorbable Marlex polypropylene may cause serious side effects, including:

  • Additional surgeries to treat a hernia recurrence
  • Adhesions
  • Bacterial infections
  • Hernia recurrence
  • Mesh migration
  • Obstructions
  • Pain
  • Swelling
Unfortunately, some hernia mesh complications may be so severe that they cause death.

Mesh Manufacturers and Brands

Ethicon Physiomesh - The product was voluntarily recalled in May 2016, after Ethicon, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, approached a pair of observational hernia repair registries seeking an analysis of the product's success rate. The registries determined that the Ethicon device failed at higher rates compared to that of similar hernia mesh repairs. Even though the studies were not published, key details were made public in removal notices released by Johnson & Johnson. Patients with the Ethicon device suffered above average hernia recurrence and reoperation rates following laparoscopic procedures, according to the notice.

Atrium Medical Corp.
  • C-Qur
  • C-Qur V Patch
  • C-Qur TacShield

Bard/ Davol
  • Ventralex
  • ST products (Sepramesh)
  • Composix
  • Composix E/X
  • 3DMax
  • Visilex
  • Spermatix
  • Perfix Plug
  • Kugel
  • Sepramesh
  • Spermatex
  • Ventrio

Covidien/Medtronic
  • Covidien Parietex
  • Covidien Parietex Composite
  • Coviden Parietex Lightweight
  • Coviden Symbotex Composite
  • Coviden Parietex ProGrip
  • Coviden Parietex Plug & Patch System
  • Coviden Symbotex Composite Mesh


Ethicon Physiomesh® Flexible Composite Hernia Mesh

Our firm is now investigating claims of individuals who received Ethicon Physiomesh® Flexible Composite hernia mesh.

The product was voluntarily recalled in May 2016, after Ethicon, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, approached a pair of observational hernia repair registries seeking an analysis of the product's success rate. The registries determined that the Ethicon device failed at higher rates compared to that of similar hernia mesh repairs. Even though the studies were not published, key details were made public in removal notices released by Johnson & Johnson. Patients with the Ethicon device suffered above average hernia recurrence and reoperation rates following laparoscopic procedures, according to the notice.

If you or a loved one have had hernia repair surgery using Ethicon Physiomesh® Flexible Composite hernia mesh, and have since suffered from hernia recurrence requiring additional surgeries, then please contact our office to evaluate your potential claim.


Bard Composix® Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch

What is Kugel Mesh?
The Bard Composix® Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch is used by physicians to repair ventral hernias. The Patch is manufactured by C.R. Bard, Inc., and their subsidiary, Davol, Inc. The Patch is made from two pieces of mesh that surround a plastic ring. A surgeon places the mesh patch in a small incision, at the site of the hernia. The ring then springs back into its original shape, flattening the patch. The mesh-like material allows the hernia patient's own tissue to grow and assist in healing the hernia.

What are the medical and legal issues with Kugel Mesh?
The Bard Composix® Kugel Mesh Hernia Repair Patch Recall has been upgraded by The FDA to "Class I" because the use of the Bard Composix® Kugel Mesh Large Patch has a reasonable probability to cause serious injury, including death.

The FDA issued an immediate recall of Bard Composix® Kugel Mesh Hernia Repair Patches on December 22, 2005 and updated the list again on January 10, 2007.

The "memory recoil ring" that opens the Bard Composix® Kugel Mesh Patch can break. This can lead to bowel perforations and/or chronic intestinal fistulae (abnormal connections between the intestines and other organs).

The FDA has advised patients to seek medical attention immediately if abdominal pain, fever, tenderness at the implant site or other symptoms occur. The FDA has ordered surgeons and hospitals to immediately stop using the recalled products and return the unused patches to the company.

Contact us to Discuss Your Claim

We are now evaluating claims for patients with Recalled Bard Composix® Kugel Hernia Mesh Patches where the memory recoil ring has broken. If you or a loved one has had hernia surgery and received a Bard Composix® Kugel Patch please contact our Indiana based class action lawyers to assess any potential claim and possible lawsuit.

Bard IVC Filter

Inferior Vena Cava ("IVC") filters are similar to tiny birdcage-like devices which inserted into the inferior vena cava to capture blood clots and prevent them from making it to the lungs. IVC filters are often put in patients who are at risk for pulmonary embolism (PE, or a blood clot in the lungs) when anticoagulant therapy for the patient is ineffective or contraindicated. If patients require long-term protection from PE, then surgeons may implant permanent IVC filters. If people require short-term protection, doctors may implant a retrievable IVC filter that allows for device removal once PE risk subsides.

FDA Warning: Filters for Short-Term Use Only
On May 6, 2014, the FDA updated its safety communication: “Removing Retrievable Inferior Vena Cava Filters.” In August 2010, the FDA had issued an initial warning against leaving inferior vena cava filters implanted in patients for extended periods because of their potential to cause adverse health complications. The FDA warned that IVC filters are meant for short-term use only. Implanting doctors are instructed to remove the devices once the risk of pulmonary embolism subsides. The FDA was concerned about doctors not retrieving IVC filters intended only for short-term placement, hence exposing patients to fractured implants.

FDA reports Adverse Events
Since 2005, the FDA said it has received “921 device adverse event reports involving IVC filters, 328 for device migration; 146 for embolizations (detachment of device components); 70 for perforation of the IVC; 56 for filter fracture.” The FDA stated:
“The FDA is concerned that these retrievable IVC filters, intended for short-term placement, are not always removed once a patient’s risk for PE subsides. Known long term risks associated with IVC filters include but are not limited to lower limb deep vein thrombosis (DVT), filter fracture, filter migration, filter embolization and IVC perforation.”

IVC Filter Complications
  • Fracture of the IVC Filter
  • Perforation, Puncture or Serious Damage to the Heart
  • Damage to the Lungs or Vena Cava
  • Internal Bleeding
  • Cardiac or Pericardial Tamponade
  • Ventricle Tachycardia
  • Lower Limb DVT
  • Hematoma or Nerve Injury at the Puncture Site
  • Constant and Severe Pain in the Heart, Chest, elsewhere
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Infection
  • Death
  • Bard IVC Filters
  • Celect
  • Cook IVC Filter
  • Eclipse
  • G2
  • G2 X
  • G2 Express
  • Gunther Tulip
  • Meridian
  • Recovery

File an IVC Filter Lawsuit

Contact Riley Williams & Piatt, LLC now for a free legal consultation regarding an IVC Filter lawsuit or other IVC filter manufacturer lawsuit if you or a loved one has suffered serious complications after being implanted with an IVC filter.