A federal jury in Phoenix awarded a woman $3.6 million ($1.6 million for failure to warn of the risks of the filter and $2 million in punitive damages) for proven injuries. Her injuries resulted from a defective implanted device meant to prevent blood clots. C.R. Bard was the manufacturer of the inferior vena cava (IVC) filter that is said to have harmed the plaintiff, Sherr-Una Booker.
Ms. Booker had to undergo open heart surgery to remove a piece of the implant that fractured, tilted and migrated. Not only did the piece migrate, it perforated her inferior vena cava. In light of this, she stated that she fears further injury if any pieces break free from the remaining piece still embedded in her IVC wall. Her original IVC filter implant took place on June 21, 2007.
Setting Precedent for Future IVC Filter Injury Claims
The outcome of this bellwether trial case could help pave the way for global negotiations. Ms. Booker hopes that her win will helps other people injured as well as make Bard accept responsibility for their defective filters and their failure to properly warn medical providers about known potential risks.
As a matter of fact, there are currently over 3,600 cases pending trial in the District of Arizona multi-district litigation (MDL 2641).
Additionally, three other bellwhether cases are on the schedule to go to trial in 2018:
- May 15, 2018
- September 10, 2018
- November 5, 2018
Suffered Complications from an IVC Filter?
If you have suffered complications from any brand of IVC filter including ones made by C.R. Bard, Cook Medical, Johnson & Johnson, Boston Scientific, or any others, contact Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys right away so we can discuss your case. You may be eligible for compensation for pain and suffering, as well as medical expenses and other damages.
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May is Global Youth Traffic Safety Month, and it’s the perfect time to be aware of and share these tips from the Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at California Injury Attorneys:
Drive without distractions
It’s illegal to use mobile phones in California while driving unless your phone is in hands-free mode. However, even if you’re not using your hands on your device, our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys point out that it can still be a mental distraction from your driving. Additionally, pay attention to the road, rather than your friends.
Younger drivers may be more likely to speed, and this can leave them unable to handle sharp curves and make them more vulnerable to hitting a car that suddenly slows down in front of them. In fact, just over 35% of fatal crashes involving 16- to 19-year-olds were primarily caused by unsafe speeds.
Take extra care at night
When walking at night, our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys recommend wearing bright or reflective clothing so drivers on the road can see you. Also carry a flashlight, which will help you see curbs, potholes, and other hazards while making you visible to drivers.
Be aware of your surroundings
Pay attention to your surroundings so you don’t step out in front of a car as you’re walking. It also helps to make eye contact with drivers so you know they can see you.
Wear a helmet
If you’re a bicyclist under 18, you’re legally required to wear a helmet in California. We recommend wearing a helmet at any age, because it may be able to help prevent a serious head injury. Check your helmet’s size and fit every year to make sure your children haven’t outgrown it.
Know where to ride
Use a bicycle lane when there’s one available. If no bicycle lane, the law requires you to ride on the right side with the flow of traffic.
Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorneys and Pedestrian Safety
Injured in a driving, pedestrian, or biking accident? Contact our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at (323) 732-7363. We offer free consultations and are available during office hours from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. as well as 24/7 to take your call.