IVC filter and the Growing Lawsuits Because of Shockingly High Failure Rates

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In the present year the lawsuits filed against Cook IVC Filter Increasing rapidly. Currently, there are thousands of IVC filter class action lawsuits pending against Cook Medical. As of August 2016 more than 1,500 Cook, Bard and Cordis IVC filter lawsuits have been filed. As per a study done on April 2012 involving 50 people, the Gunther Tulip or Celect found that all of the filters had some degree of perforation within 71 days, 40% were tilted, and 86% perforated through the vena cava. According to another study done in June 2015 Cook Medical’s Celect IVC filter linked with a 43% rate of vena cava perforation, compared to a 0% rate for the Option filter made by Rex Medical. 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.

Several cases have been filed all over the nation against the manufacturers for fractured, faulty filters punctured veins, blood vessels and filter migrated to different parts of the body causing several life threatening complications and injuries. The Cook Celect was approved in 1992 and is an improved version of the Gunther Tulip. Celect is a temporary filter that is implanted in the inferior vena cava (IVC). It traps a blood clot before it can reach the lungs. In recent years, a number of studies have raised serious concerns about the risk of perforation. This complication occurs when IVC filters are left in place after the risk of pulmonary embolism has passed, the legs or struts that extend out in a spider-like fashion may fracture or break. The Celect was designed as a retrievable IVC filter and are supposed to be removed after the patient is no longer at risk of a pulmonary embolism.

Recently a woman from Texas filed a personal injury and defective product liability lawsuit against Cook Celect IVC Filter. According to the plaintiff Barbara W after implanting the IVC Filter she is at risk for future migrations and perforations. In November 2009, she was implanted with a Cook Celect IVC filter at a hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. The lawsuit was filed on November 8, 2016 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois (Indianapolis Division) — Case No. 1:16-cv-03048. The lawsuit accuses the manufacturer of concealing known risks, failing to warn about side effects, and continuing to market the filter as safe and effective despite a lack of studies proving its long-term or short-term safety. 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. Unfortunately, less than 20% are ever removed.

If you or someone you love suffered complications or death from any of Cook’s IVC Filters (including the Celect®) 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 Celect IVC Filter Lawsuits.



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