Cook IVC Filter Lawsuit Claims Allege Injuries From The Filters Breaking, Migrating, And Puncturing The Lungs, Heart And Inferior Vena Cava.
The increase in Cook Medical IVC filter lawsuit filings has prompted the federal judge managing the litigation to add 10 more complaints to the pool of potential cases for bellwether trials. The lawsuit claims pending in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana allege that Cook Medical failed to warn that its Celect and Günther Tulip Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters can seriously injury patients by migrating, braking and puncturing the inferior vena cava, lungs or heart.
U.S. District Judge Richard L. Young said in a Case Management Order (CMO) issued on April 18, that the “dynamics of this MDL (multidistrict litigation) recently changed as the number of plaintiffs rapidly grew.” The number of Cook IVC filter lawsuit filings increased from around 75 when he initially directed attorneys to select bellwether cases last year, to nearly 350. Since bellwether cases are selected from a larger pool of MDL cases, commonly known as a discovery pool, Judge Young directed lead attorneys for plaintiffs and the defendant to each select 10 more cases, for a total of 20 cases. Last year, Judge Young told attorneys to select a total of 10 cases. Of the 20 total cases, the parties are to make decisions on eliminating 14 cases until a total of six cases remain. From those six cases, Judge Young will select at least three cases to proceed to trial. (In Re: Cook Medical, Inc., IVC Filters Marketing, Sales Practices And Product Liability Litigation – IVC Filter Lawsuits MDL No. 2570)
“Judge Young is expanding the number of cases so that the current discovery pool represents the MDL as a whole.” – Southern Med Law
The IVC filter attorneys at Southern Med Law is currently evaluating legal claims on behalf of patients from around the country who experienced side effects from IVC filters, including perforation of the heart, lung or other organs, punctured vena cava, perforated aorta and death. If you believe you have been injured by IVC filters contact one of the firm’s attorneys for a free legal evaluation by calling (205) 547-5525 or visit southernmedlaw.com for more information on this and other defective medical devices and to fill out a contact form.
IVC filters are cone-shaped medical devices implanted into a main vessel called the inferior vena cava which returns blood from the lower half of the body to the heart. With its struts, or “legs,” of the filters are designed to trap blood clots and prevent them from traveling to the lungs and causing a pulmonary embolism. The filters are retrievable and can be removed once the threat of blood clots has passed. The filters are used by patients at risk of a pulmonary embolism and those who cannot take blood thinners.
According to court documents, IVC filter lawsuit claims against Cook Medical were centralized in the Southern Indiana district court in October 2014. The complaints allege that Cook Medical’s Celect IVC filters and Günther Tulip IVC filters have design defects that make them more prone to migrate, fracture, migrate, tilt or perforate the inferior vena cava and cause injury. Once the parties complete discovery on the potential bellwether cases, those selected by Judge Young will proceed to trial, with the first trial starting after September 15, 2016. (In Re: Cook Medical, Inc., IVC Filters Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation – MDL 2570)
About Southern Med Law And Filing a Cook IVC Filter Lawsuit: Throughout his career, Dr. Blaudeau has worked hard to develop a strong reputation in healthcare litigation. His first-hand knowledge of medicine has made the Southern Med Law team an aggressive and effective advocate for those who were harmed due to negligent medical device manufacturers. If you or a loved one were injured by a Bard retrievable IVC filter, please contact Southern Med Law today to learn more about your legal rights. Call today for a free, no obligation Bard IVC filter lawsuit review by filling out our online form, or by calling the office directly at 205-547-5525.
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