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Greenfield Vena Cava Filter Lawsuit Filed Against Boston Scientific Over Perforation

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Boston Scientific faces a product liability lawsuit brought by the family of Ohio woman, which alleges that problems with a Greenfield Vena Cava filter caused severe internal injuries and death.

The complaint (PDF) was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio on January 12, by Julia and Raylyn Ratliff, administrators of the estate of Cinthia K. Ratliff.

Ratliff had the inferior vena cava (IVC) filter implanted in April 2004, for treatment of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). The small, spider-like filter is designed to “catch” blood clots that may break free, preventing them from traveling to the lungs and causing a pulmonary embolism.

According to allegations raised in the wrongful death lawsuit, design defects with the Boston Scientific Greenfield Vena Cava filter caused the device to fail and perforate her vena cava, resulting in severe internal bleeding, from which Ratliff died on May 3, 2013. According to an autopsy performed, the immediate cause of death was determined to be “Perforation of Inferior Vena Cava by Greenfield Filter with Retroperitoneal Hemorrhage.”

The family indicates that Boston Scientific knew or should have known that its Greenfield Vena Cava filter posed a risk of breaking free from its implantation site, migrating, perforating the vena cava and causing serious injury or death, according to the complaint.

IVC Filter Long-Term Risks

Amid hundreds of adverse event problems involving problems with retrievable IVC filters, the FDA issued a warning in August 2010, urging doctors to remove the devices once the danger of a pulmonary embolism has passed. One of the most common complications reported by the FDA involved IVC filters fracturing or breaking, allowing small pieces to migrating through the patient’s body and pose a potentially life-threatening risk.

In May 2014, the FDA issued an updated safety statement indicating that patients may face an increased risk of problems with IVC filters the longer they remain in place, advising doctors that the ideal time for removal appears to be between 29 days and 54 days after implantation.

A study published in the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine in March 2013 raised questions about the effectiveness of IVC filters, indicating that less than 10% of filters evaluated in the study were successfully removed from patients and 8% of recipients of IVC filters suffered a pulmonary embolism despite the device’s presence.

The Boston Scientific lawsuit over the Greenfield Vena Cava filter joins a growing number of claims brought against manufacturers of IVC filters in recent years, alleging similar design defects with products like the Bard Recovery IVC Filter, Bard G2 IVC Filter, and Cook Celect or Gunther Tulip IVC Filters.

Amid a growing number of complaints filed against Cook Medical, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) issued an order in October, consolidated all Cook IVC filter lawsuits pending throughout the federal court system before U.S. District Judge Richard L. Young in the Southern District of Indiana.

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64 comments

  1. Jeff Reply

    Hi this answers a lot of my questions I have been contacted by attorneys for the 3 months after my greenfeild ivc filter migraded 4″ from my heart then perforated vena cava and almost perforated small intestine (doctors say i would have died immediately) and thankfully a doctor Sanchez at Barns Jewish hospital in st Louis was the only dr that would even try to remove it in 2012. 14 days in critical condition a 12 ” scar it was a living hell

  2. Steven Reply

    Is it true that the federal government gave immunity to greenfield ivc filters

  3. mark Reply

    lol

  4. Monte Reply

    Is there any attorney that will take a Greenfield case I have one lots of problems

  5. Sheryl Reply

    My mother had a greenfield Iv filter put in December 18th 2009 and she passed February 2010 of pulumonary embolism and DVT I have contact a lawyer so maybe you all shall also, it want bring our love one back but everyone shall be compensated.

  6. Kara Reply

    I had a greenfield filter put in 1999. No problems that I know of. But I am worried I could have problems in the future with this filter. Is there a Doctor/ lawyer in St louis area I should contact.

  7. Michael Reply

    Had a Greenfield IVC filter put in 2007 after having one P.E. in 2005 and when more emboli discovered in my lung when I was hospitalized for pneumonia. Afterward, in 2010 I had a MASSIVE P.E and another one in 2016…Get this freeking thing out of me. It doesn’t work, and it may kill me? WTF?

  8. Cindy Reply

    I got mine putting me in 2003 never question this doctor cuz he’s always helped me before now I’m being told that I have a time bomb in me and don’t know when I will die from it I have a handicapped son that I need to worry about I would like to sing to taken out of me but don’t know how to go about it I have had fluid my legs having problems with one leg swelling right now and also have pains in my back at times can you please help me I live in New Orleans thank you

  9. Cindy Reply

    I had a greenfield filter placed in 1996. Having a surhery 7/20/17 as the filter is tilted, migrated and the prongs are sticking several areas, including a hole in my aorta. Can i be assisted? Chicagoland area.

  10. carl Reply

    I have a greenfield ivc installed march 2014 dvt blood clots, I was told Ihave a bard recovery Installed By Johnson lawyer group but my hospital said that greenfield filter is permanent,i have pains in my left side of lungs.I don’t know what or who to believe. please help someone is covering something up.

  11. Melody Reply

    I lost both legs in 1996 while in a induced coma after 3 weeks woke up on 23rd b-day with 20% chase .As a Double aka amputee over 21. Been very Sick since I turned 38 but sent to several specialist Never told GI age 40 did upper endoscopy n still didn’t mention this Greenfield Ivcfilter defect I found out August of 2015.looking for kidneystone My urologist told me to go to GI asap Contacted a National Legal team they took case but sent me a email just 6 days ago .Saying they can’t represent me after 13 months Now I’m pursuing a,local huge lawfirm in My City of Philadelphia cause I’m suffering with all kinds blood infections CBS white cells high fevers sweats bruising severe bone pain loss of appetite dehydration strokes fevers sweats bruising severe fatigue breathing issues coughing .Skin changes rib neck back entire right adomine pain neuropathy headaches night can’t eat or dehydration issues These GI n Vascular Surgeon are not telling me much except not retrievable Also have enlarged lymph nodes. I’M NOT giving up I’ve had a high white cell count CBS infection for 4 n half years as well as severe bruises in right adomine where Ivcfilter legs is migrated into partial small intestinal wall Don’t give up .! FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHTS N HEALTH CARE Get Lawyer get pictures try n keep copies or get all records pulled .It’s a ticking time bomb As Well As a suffering painful death I also think if it’s infecting blood how could it not give you blood cancer like leukemia. I have all same at symtoms.We not getting real answers Go to Oncologist any defect I blood infections leads to cancers and Death .Godbless Us All and prayers to Everyone 2018 Lets get back at these Corrupt Medical Device n Polical Diobical Scumbags it’s all about $$For them While I’m here I will fight for Answers n Their $$My life means something .

  12. Melody Reply

    I lost both legs in 1996 while in a induced coma after 3 weeks woke up on 23rd b-day with 20% chase .As a Double aka amputee over 21. Been very Sick since I turned 38 but sent to several specialist Never told GI age 40 did upper endoscopy n still didn’t mention this Greenfield Ivcfilter defect I found out August of 2015.looking for kidneystone My urologist told me to go to GI asap Contacted a National Legal team they took case but sent me a email just 6 days ago .Saying they can’t represent me after 13 months Now I’m pursuing a,local huge lawfirm in My City of Philadelphia cause I’m suffering with all kinds blood infections CBS white cells high fevers sweats bruising severe bone pain loss of appetite dehydration strokes fevers sweats bruising severe fatigue breathing issues coughing .Skin changes rib neck back entire right adomine pain neuropathy headaches night can’t eat or dehydration issues These GI n Vascular Surgeon are not telling me much except not retrievable Also have enlarged lymph nodes. I’M NOT giving up I’ve had a high white cell count CBS infection for 4 n half years as well as severe bruises in right adomine where Ivcfilter legs is migrated into partial small intestinal wall Don’t give up .! FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHTS N HEALTH CARE Get Lawyer get pictures try n keep copies or get all records pulled .It’s a ticking time bomb As Well As a suffering painful death I also think if it’s infecting blood how could it not give you blood cancer like leukemia. I have all same at symtoms.We not getting real answers Go to Oncologist any defect I blood infections leads to cancers and Death .Godbless Us All and prayers to Everyone 2018 Lets get back at these Corrupt Medical Device n Polical Diobical Scumbags it’s all about $$For them While I’m here I will fight for Answers n Their $$My life means something .

  13. Denise Reply

    I had a Greenfield Filter placed in 2002 after multiple PEs treated at home by Home Health Care and subsequently fell and hit my head on my stone fireplace. A small bleed extended until while being treated at small hospital with no Neurologist consult was made, a nursing error, and physician order error caused a massive bleed until my right brain was in my Left brain. I hired a law firm after but they did not take my case, saying that it could not be proven when exactly the bleed extended. I WAS JUST CONTACTED BY PHONE SOLICITATION AND TOLD THAT LITIGATION IS BEING CONSIDERED FOR GREENFIELD FILTERS FROM 2006 ON. MINE WAS TOO EARLY AT THIS TIME. I HAD ANOTHER PE IN 2017 WHICH DID NOT COME FROM MY LEGS BUT MOST LIKELY FROM DEEP WITHIN MY BODY CAVITY. NONE OF MY PES HAVE COME FROM MY LEGS. MY GF WAS EVALUATED BY INTERVENTIONAL RADIOLOGY AND FOUND TO BE IN PLACE. BOTH JAN 2017 AND 2018 I HAVE BECOME SEPTIC WITH THE CAUSE UNKNOWN. I PLAN TO ASK MY PCP FOR A CONSULT TO EVALUATE BY MRI THAT IT STILL REMAINS IN PLACE. BUT, I FEEL I HAVE A POTENTIAL HEALTH RISK WHICH COULD FRACTURE OR MIGRATE AT ANY TIME. I PLAN TO CALL A PHYSICIAN LISTED ON THIS WEBSITE TO ASK FOR POTENTIAL REMOVAL WHEN MY HUSBAND RETIRES IN NOVEMBER 2018 AND I WILL BE SOLELY ON MEDICARE WITH MEDIGAP INSURANCE. IF YOU HAVE A GF PLEASE CALL A LAW FIRM OF PLACES 2006 AND BEYOND. I BELIEVE THAT THE RECOMENDATION TO HAVE IT REMOVED IS VALID. I WAS AN TH BSN EVEN AFTER MY BRAIN SURGERY BUT IN 2013 WHEN I BEGAN TO HAVE SEIZURES. I LOST MY HOME AND ALL ASSETS AFTER MY BRAIN SURGERY BUT HAD BEEN ON SEE SINCE 1998 WHEN I SUDDENLY BECAME VERY ILL AND MYSELF AND 2 SONS DEVELOPED ME/CFS. Good luck fellow sufferers. These people are all going to hell. Big Pharma, had doctors, had nurses and now the company who developed a dangerous medical filter when we all could have just been on blood thinners. For once: God Bless good lawyers. We make doctors into God’s in this country and they do not deserve it. They no longer help to heal but live grand lives and have lost the ability to be out helpers.

  14. Linn Reply

    I have the greenfield filter for 11 years…I have just been diagnosed with LBBB with no reason of my heart having this. I also have lower back pain that is horrible, can the filter cause this? I have an appointment with a specialist on 27 Dec to get more info.

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