IVC Filter Lawsuits: Over 1,100 Lawsuits Filed Against Cook Medical

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The lawsuits filed against Cook medical Increasing rapidly because of the shockingly high failure rate. As of now more than 1,100 lawsuits has been filed against Cook Medical and all the lawsuits allegations are similar. 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. As a result to speed the process of handling complex cases and avoid conflicting rulings from different judges and to serve the convenience of the parties, witnesses and courts the establishment of multidistrict litigation for all Cook IVC filter lawsuits is designed. 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.

Recently a man from Louisiana filed a personal injury and defective product liability lawsuit against the Günther Tulip® Vena Cava Filter. According to the plaintiff, Austin B the Günther Tulip® Vena Cava Filter injured his 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 19th June 2009, he was implanted with the blood clot filter at St Earl K. Long Medical Center in Baton Rouge and shortly after the surgery the device injured his internal organs. The lawsuit was filed on December 2, 2016 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana (Indianapolis Division) under the case No. 1:16-cv-03274. The litigation is consolidated in Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2570) with over 1,100 lawsuits with similar allegations.

The Gunther-Tulip inferior vena cava filter (Cook Medical Inc, Bloomington, Ind) was one of the first inferior vena cava (IVC) filters to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2003 for retrieval and are used in those patients who may develop a PE and cannot be treated by using anticoagulant medication. Despite preventing deadly effects of pulmonary embolism the device is associated with severe risk and complications. 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. Unfortunately, increased use of the devices has also resulted in increased concern over potential IVC filter complication.

Across the nation Cook Gunther Tulip IVC filters lawsuits are pending in 11 different U.S. District Courts. 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. Judge Campbell has issued a case management order directing the selection of bellwether cases. Any IVC filter case filed before April 2016 is eligible for inclusion in the bellwether process. 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 IVC Filter Lawsuits.

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