California Women Sue Cook for Defective IVC Filter

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The Cook Gunther Tulip IVC Filter was one of the first IVC filters to be approved for short-term implantation by the FDA in 2003.The Gunther Tulip IVC Filter is designed with 12 wires for filtering, which is twice as many as other conical filters, including four legs that are each 44-mm in length. The Gunther-Tulip inferior vena cava filter (Cook Medical Inc, Bloomington, Ind) was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for retrieval and are used in those patients who may develop a PE and cannot be treated by using anticoagulant medication. The devices are placed in the inferior vena cava, the largest vein in the body, to prevent blood clots that form in the legs and pelvic area from breaking loose and moving to the lungs. Despite preventing deadly effects of pulmonary embolism the device is associated with severe risk and complications including the risk of causing blood clots or death.

Recently a woman from California filed a personal injury and defective product liability lawsuit against the Cook Günther Tulip® Vena Cava Filter. According to the plaintiff, Gail P the Günther Tulip® Vena Cava Filter injured her internal organs. He accuses the manufacturer of negligence for selling a defective medical device. The plaintiffs say the company knew or should have known about the risks and failed to warn patients and doctors. On October 2, 2007, she was implanted with the blood clot filter at Stanford Hospital and shortly after the surgery the device injured her internal organs. The lawsuit was filed on January 12, 2017 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana (Indianapolis Division) under the Case No. 1:17-cv-00112. The litigation will be consolidating with over 1,370 lawsuits with similar allegations pending in Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2570). The plaintiff is represented by Ben C. Martin and Thomas Wm. Arbon of The Law Offices of Ben C. Martin.

The federal court overseeing hundreds of Cook IVC filter lawsuits has chosen three cases for the litigation’s first bellwether trials, which are to be beginning in 2017. The lawsuit alleges that the medical devices were defectively designed and caused users to experience complications after receiving the filters to reduce the risk of pulmonary embolism. IVC filter complications are very serious and can be life threatening If it is not retrieved when a patient is not at risk of a pulmonary embolism. The complications include perforation of the vena cava wall and device migration. The study also reported that 40% of the filters were tilted and out of position. The FDA safety communication states that the risk of device perforation greatly increased the longer the device stayed in the body and recommending they be removed after 39 days, but before 54 days.

The manufacturer have designed and sold defective devices which have several adverse effects such as moving out of position, puncturing the vein or fracturing, potentially sending small metallic pieces to the heart or lungs. The manufacturers failed to warn the general public about the potential health risks associated with the device. If you or someone you love suffered complications or death from any of Cook’s IVC Filters (including Günther Tulip®) Contact All cases are pursued on a contingency fee basis there are never any out-of-pocket costs to hire our Cook filter attorneys unless we win your case. The Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Cook IVC Filter Lawsuits.





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