Texas Cook Celect IVC Filter Injury
Injured by Cook Celect or Cook Gunther Tulip IVC or inferior vena cava filters in Texas? Suffered perforation, embolism, breakage of the device, required surgery to remove the device? We can help.
The Dr Shezad Malik Law Firm is accepting Bard IVC Filter related injury cases in all 50 states, including California, Florida, Illinois, New York and Texas.
If you or somebody you know was injured by an IVC filter, including migration, perforation or embolization of the device, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation.
Please use the form to contact our team or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at 888-210-9693 ext 2, or 817-717-1772.Federal MDL Consolidation in Indiana
Lawsuits involving inferior vena cava (IVC) filters manufactured by Cook Medical have been centralized in a federal Multi-District Litigation (MDL) in Indiana.
The Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation centralized 27 lawsuits pending in 11 district courts into the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.
Federal judges selected Indiana because half of the lawsuits are already pending there, and Cook Medical is headquartered in Bloomington.
Cook Celect IVC Filter Litigation
There are at least 100 Cook Celect IVC filter or Cook Gunther Tulip IVC filter lawsuits as of September 2015, that are centralized in the Indiana federal court system as part of the MDL.
The plaintiffs allege that the medical devices were defectively designed and caused patients to be injured after receiving the filters.
The filters are designed to reduce the risk of pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lung) following a deep vein thrombosis or blood clot in the legs.
Inferior vena cava filters (IVC), are implantable medical devices used in patients who are at high risk of pulmonary embolism. The devices are used when anticoagulant medication is contraindicated, usually because of bleeding problems.
The metallic devices are implanted in the inferior vena cava, with a number of struts that extend out to trap blood clots before they can travel up to the lung.
Some IVC filters are associated with metallic failure, where the struts break off, causing perforation of major blood vessels, strokes and deadly bleeding if the struts puncture blood vessels.
Medical Adverse Studies
According to a study published in the Cardiovascular Interventional Radiology in April 2012, 100% of Cook Celect and Gunther Tulip IVC filters perforated patients’ vena caval wall within 71 days of being implanted. The study also found that 40% of the filters became tilted and out of position.
A study published in the JAMA Internal Medicine in March 2013 demonstrated that less than 10% of filters evaluated in the study were successfully removed from patients and 8% of recipients of IVC filters suffered a pulmonary embolism despite the device’s presence.
Benefits of MDL
The establishment of multidistrict litigation for all Cook IVC filter lawsuits is designed to reduce discovery, avoid conflicting rulings from different judges and to serve the convenience of the parties, witnesses and courts.
FDA IVC Filter Warnings
In August 2010, the FDA issued a warning about the risk of IVC filter complications, stressing that they had received more than 900 adverse events, where the filter failed, travelled to other areas of the body and caused severe injuries.
The FDA recommended that doctors remove retrievable IVC filters and urged caution in implanting IVC filters.
Bard IVC Filter Lawsuits
Similar IVC filter injury claims have been filed against C.R. Bard, the manufacturer of the Bard Recovery IVC Filter and Bard G2 IVC Filters.
According to plaintiff allegations, Bard knew for years that their IVC filters were prone to fracture, which can cause severe complications, including death, but failed to warn doctors and patients.