IVC Filter Lawsuit Filings Allege Cook Medical’s Celect and Günther Tulip Inferior Vena Cava Filters Can Tilt Or Migrate And Puncture The Heart And Lungs.
The federal judge presiding over Cook Medical’s IVC filter lawsuit filings has selected a second IVC filter lawsuit for a bellwether trial in 2017. The case represents the types of injuries and retrieval challenges at issue in the multidistrict litigation (MDL), says U.S. District Judge Richard L. Young, who is presiding over the MDL. More than 900 IVC filter lawsuits are pending in the Southern District of Illinois that allege Cook Medical’s Celect and Günther Tulip Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters fail to trap blood clots, and are prone to tilt, fracture and move out of their original position and puncture the heart and lungs. (In Re: Cook Medical, Inc., IVC Filters Marketing, Sales Practices And Product Liability Litigation – IVC Filter Failure Lawsuits MDL No. 2570)
According to Judge Young’s October 17th order, the second case involves a plaintiff who alleges a Günther Tulip filter perforated his inferior vena cava and cannot be removed due to the increased risk of death during the surgery. The plaintiff started suffering chest pain and shortness of breath after receiving the IVC implant in April 2011. The first lawsuit Judge Young chose in July involved a Florida woman whose Celect IVC filter had perforated her inferior vena cava and migrated into her duodenum. Plaintiffs disagreed with Judge Young’s lawsuit selections because the cases were selected from the discovery pool by Cook Medical. Judge Young said the court does not consider the first two cases as “defense ‘picks’; rather, the court considers them solely as bellwethers.” (Re: Cook Medical, Inc., IVC Filters Marketing, Sales Practices And Product Liability Litigation IVC filter lawsuits – MDL No. 2570)
“While only a small number of cases are selected for bellwether trials, these lawsuits represent the injuries hundreds of plaintiffs have suffered allegedly from IVC filter implants,” says Wright & Schulte LLC, which is investigating potential IVC lawsuit claims.
The IVC filter Lawsuit Attorneys at Wright & Schulte LLC represent men and women from around the country in IVC filter complaints and continue to offer free legal evaluations to those who believe they or their loved ones may have sustained injuries from IVC filters implanted to prevent blood clots. To learn more, please contact Wright & Schulte today by calling 1-800-399-0795 or visit www.yourlegalhelp.com.
IVC filters are small, cage-like devices implanted into a large vein, called the inferior vena cava, to trap blood clots and prevent them from traveling to the lungs and causing a pulmonary embolism, which can be fatal. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), IVC usage has increased over the past 30 years. However, the agency says its has received 921 complaints regarding IVC filters since 2005. The majority of the complaints involve IVC filters migrating from their original position. There are also complaints of the IVC filters perforating the inferior vena cava, and filter fracture. The FDA advises removing the IVC filters between 29 and 54 days after implant to avoid these complications from occurring.
Court documents indicate Judge Young scheduled the first bellwether trial for after February 2017, but the second case has not yet been scheduled. Bellwether trials are considered as test cases that give plaintiffs, defendants, and the court an idea of the outcome of future trials. Judge Young said in his recent order that the purpose of selecting bellwether cases for trial is to “enhance the settlement prospects of the hundreds of other cases pending involving the Celect and Günther Tulip filters.” (Re: Cook Medical, Inc., IVC Filters Marketing, Sales Practices And Product Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2570)
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