Cook IVC Filter Case Goes To Trial This Month
There are thousands of IVC Filter lawsuits filed against nearly a dozen manufacturers across the country, but the first case to go to trial will begin later this month against Cook Medical. The trial will likely set an important precedent for all currently pending lawsuits.
What Is An IVC Filter?
Inferior Vena Cava filters (IVC filters) are medical devices implanted to stop blood clots from traveling into the heart and lungs where they can cause life-threatening complications. IVC filters are most commonly implanted in patients diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolus, trauma victims, immobile patients, and patients at risk for clotting that have recently had a surgical procedure or will soon have one.
Cook Medical IVC Filters
The company’s IVC filters, the Günther Tulip and the Celect, are now the subjects of more than 650 lawsuits Cook failed to warn consumers of the risks associated with its devices. In both 2010 and 2014, the FDA released safety communications warning that the likelihood of device failure greatly increased with the time IVC filters spend in the body.
In June 2015, a study published in the Journal Of Vascular Interventional Radiology found 43% of patients implanted with a Cook IVC filter had the device completely perforate the walls of the inferior vena cava. When this occurs, removal of the device is often impossible and the patient is placed at risk for additional complications. In addition to perforation, Cook IVC filters have also been found to fracture, migrate through the body, and cause embolization in organs like the heart, lungs, and intestines.
Since 2014, patients injured by defective Cook IVC filters have filed lawsuits against the company, and after a highly contested selection process, the first Cook IVC filter lawsuit will go to trial later this month. The plaintiff is a Florida woman who had a Cook Celect IVC filter implanted in November 2010. When doctors went to remove the device several months later, all attempts were unsuccessful.
Shortly after the unsuccessful removal attempts, the plaintiff began to suffer severe complications, including gastrointestinal symptoms, fatigue, diarrhea, vomiting, and chronic abdominal pain. The plaintiff underwent an endoscopic procedure where doctors discovered the Celect IVC filter had not only perforated the inferior vena cava wall, but part of the device had also migrated to the plaintiff’s duodenum, part of the small intestine.
The plaintiff had to undergo emergency surgery to remove the IVC filter from the small intestine, but continues to suffer complications caused by the device. With more than 650 lawsuits filed against Cook, the Florida woman is not alone.
Cook Medical IVC Filter Attorneys
At Blizzard & Nabers we have the years of experience and specific knowledge required to fight for your rights. If you or someone you know may have developed complications due to a Cook IVC filter, please call us today for a free consultation to discuss your case.