Over the last 20 years, the number of IVC filters implanted in patients has skyrocketed. In 1999, there were only about 49,000 IVC filters placed in the United States. By 2012, that number had reached well over 250,000.
Although IVC filters were considered a viable treatment option for those with a high risk of developing pulmonary embolism, concerns over the safety and effectiveness of these medical devices have increased.
As a result, thousands of patients have come forward to file lawsuits against the makers of IVC filters over claims of negligence and defective designs. IVC filter manufacturers that are being sued include:
- C.R. Bard
- Cook Medical