Cook IVC Filter Lawsuit | Cook IVC Filter Lawsuit Lawyer
Cook Inferior Vena Cava Filter Lawsuit, Cook IVC Filter Lawsuits | Cook Celect IVC Filter Lawsuit | Cook Günther Tulip IVC Filter Lawsuit
IVC Filter Lawsuit Information: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters, such as those manufactured by Cook Medical Inc., can fracture, tilt and migrate while implanted in patients. The FDA indicates that the retrievable medical devices, which trap blood clots before they travel to the lungs, are not always removed once the risk of blood clots subsides. The longer the IVC filter remains in the patient, the more likely complications can occur, such as the IVC filter fracturing and tilting, the FDA says. Cook is facing numerous IVC filter lawsuits from patients who allege that the company’s Celect IVC filters and Günther Tulip IVC filters have design defects and fail after they are surgically inserted. The Cook IVC filter lawsuits also maintain that Cook failed to adequately warn about the risks associated with its devices.
Southern Med Law is investigating potential Cook Günther Tulip IVC Filter Lawsuits and Cook Celect IVC Filter Lawsuits to anyone who has been harmed by the IVC Filter devices. The IVC Filter injuries may include:
- Pulmonary Embolism
- Infection or a hematoma at the access puncture site
- Damage to the vena cava
- Damage to the tissue and organs surrounding the vena cava
- Filter movement to the heart or lungs
- Fracture of the filter in the vena cava
- Filter not positioned correctly in the vena cava
As both an attorney and practicing physician, Dr. François Blaudeau possesses a unique understanding of the medical and legal issues at the center of Cook Medical IVC filter lawsuits. If you are interested in filing a claim on behalf of yourself or a loved one, contact Southern Med Law to speak to a IVC Filter Attorney about filing a Cook IVC Filter Lawsuit by calling 205-547-5525 or you can fill out the online form to your right.
FDA IVC Filter Warnings Due To Side Effects
Retrievable IVC filters are small cage-like wire devices inserted in the inferior vena (a major vessel returning blood from the lower half of the body to the heart). IVC filters capture blood clots to prevent them from traveling to the lungs and causing a pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in the lungs), which can be deadly. IVC filters are used by people at risk of a pulmonary embolism but cannot take anticoagulants or have previously taken blood thinners that did not help them.
IVC filters have been on the market for over 30 years and the use of the filters is expected to increase, according to the FDA. However, patients have experienced problems with the device. In August 2010, the federal regulatory agency said it had received 921 adverse events reports regarding IVC filters since 2005. Of the total, 328 involved the filters migrating, 146 involved the components detaching, 70 involved perforation of the IVC and 56 involved filter fracture. The FDA indicated that some of these problems may be caused by the IVC filters remaining in a patient longer than needed. In May 2014, the FDA recommended that physicians and clinicians who implant IVC filters consider removing them as soon as protection from pulmonary embolism is no longer needed.
[fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/ucm221676.htm, August 9, 2010]
[fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/ucm396377.htm, May 6, 2014]
Cook Medical IVC Filter Study
In April 2012, a study was published in Cardiovascular Interventional Radiology on the perforation of Cook’s Celect and Günther Tulip IVC filters. Researchers used medical records of patients who had IVC filters implanted between July 2007 and May 2009. Of the 50 IVC filters examined, researchers found that all filters showed some degree of vena caval perforation within 71 days after the patients received the implant. Additionally, 40 percent of the filters tilted and all tilted filters had perforated the patients’ vena caval wall.
[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21448771, April 2012]
Cook IVC Filter Lawsuits
According to court documents, a multidistrict litigation (MFDL) was established in October 2014 for Cook’s Celect and Günther Tulip IVC filter lawsuits. The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) transferred all pending federal Cook IVC filter lawsuits to the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana for coordinated pretrial proceedings. More than 120 IVC Filter complaints are pending against Cook alleging that defects in the design of its Celect and Günther Tulip filters make them more likely to fracture, migrate, tilt or perforate the inferior vena cava and cause injury. (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 Cook retrievable IVC filter, please contact the law firm of Southern Med Law today to learn more about your legal rights. Call today for a free, no obligation Cook IVC filter lawsuit review by filling out our online form, or by calling the office directly at 205-547-5525.
Southern Med Law
François M. Blaudeau, MD JD FACHE FCLM Esquire
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Birmingham, Alabama 35203
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