First of Many Cook Medical IVC Filter Lawsuits Set for Trial In October

   

Cook IVC Filter Lawsuits Allege Blood Clot Filters Are Prone To Migrating, Fracturing, And Puncturing The Lungs, Heart, And Inferior Vena Cava.

cook-ivc-filter-lawsuit-attorney-class-action-lawsuits-5Cook Medical IVC filter lawsuits will see its first bellwether trial in October. Two additional trials will also take place in 2018. This is according to a recently issued Case Management Order involving lawsuits regarding the Inferior Vena Cava. The bellwether case is among 2,400 lawsuits pending against Cook Medical over its Celect and Günther Tulip blood clot filters. The complaints commonly allege Cook Medical’s IVC filters are prone to break, tilt, migrate from their original position, and puncture the hearts, lungs, and inferior vena cava. (In Re: Cook Medical, Inc., IVC Filters Marketing, Sales Practices And Product Liability Litigation – IVC Filter Lawsuits MDL No. 2570)

“There are many men and women who are believed to have suffered serious injuries after being implanted with IVC filters and now a jury will hear these complaints,” says Dr. François Blaudeau, founder of Southern Med Law.

Southern Med Law attorneys are currently evaluating legal claims on behalf of patients who experienced IVC filter side-effects, including perforation of the heart, lung, and vena cava and death. If you believe you have been injured by IVC filters, contact Southern Med Law 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.

In an August Case Management Order (CMO), U.S. District Judge Richard L. Young, who is managing the Cook Medical litigation in the District of Southern Indiana, set the first bellwether trial date for October 23, 2017. The first bellwether case involves a woman who alleges her Cook Celect IVC filter migrated and perforated her vena cava and duodenum. After at least one failed retrieval attempt, the Celect filter was successfully removed two years after it was implanted using advanced retrieval techniques. (Case No. 1:14-cv-6016; In Re: Cook Medical, Inc., IVC Filters Marketing, Sales Practices And Product Liability Litigation–MDL No. 2570)

The second IVC filter lawsuit bellwether trial, scheduled for April 30, 2018, involves a man implanted with the Günther Tulip filter who alleges the medical device perforated his vena cava and cannot be removed. (Case No. 1:14-cv-1875; In Re: Cook Medical, Inc., IVC Filters Marketing, Sales Practices And Product Liability Litigation – IVC Filter Lawsuits MDL No. 2570)

The plaintiff in the third bellwether trial, set for September 10, 2018, was implanted with a Celect filter and two of its legs later fractured. There were several unsuccessful attempts to snare the hook of the filter from her caval wall. Four years later, the plaintiff underwent an open surgery to remove the filter but the fractured pieces from the filter could not be recovered and remain in her body. (Case No. 1:14-cv-6018; In Re: Cook Medical, Inc., IVC Filters Marketing, Sales Practices And Product Liability Litigation – IVC Filter Lawsuits MDL No. 2570)

Retrievable IVC filters are small, cage-like devices implanted in patients who are at risk of a pulmonary embolism, especially those who cannot take blood thinners and those who found blood thinners ineffective. The IVC filters are implanted in the vena cava, a large vein returning blood from the lower half of the body to the heart. The filters trap blood clots to stop them from traveling to the lungs and causing a pulmonary embolism. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends removing IVC filters as soon as the risk of pulmonary embolism has subsided.
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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 Southern Med Law’s attorneys aggressive and effective advocate for those who were harmed due to negligent medical device manufacturers. They represent clients in defective medical deice lawsuits such as IVC filter lawsuits and other medical malpractice and harmful drug lawsuits.

Southern Med Law
François M. Blaudeau, MD JD FACHE FCLM Esquire
2224 1st Avenue North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
Phone: 205-547-5525
Fax: 205-547-5526
francois@southernmedlaw.com
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