IVC Filter Lawsuits Allege Cook Medical’s IVC Filters Have Design Defects Due To The Filters Migrating, Fracturing And Puncturing Organs.
As filings continue of IVC filter lawsuits that allege Cook Medical’s IVC filters migrate, fracture and tilt, the lead attorneys for the company and plaintiffs cannot agree on selecting potential cases for trial and have asked the federal judge supervising the litigation to hold a hearing on the issue. The Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) lawsuit claims filed against Cook Medical allege that its Celect IVC filters and Günther Tulip IVC filters fail to capture blood clots due to the devices breaking, tilting, and moving from their original position and puncturing the inferior vena cava (IVC), the lungs and the heart.
In a joint motion filed on March 4, Cook Medical and plaintiffs attorneys told U.S. District Judge Richard L. Young that they met to discuss how to best select cases for trial but could not agree on a joint proposal to submit to the court. In light of the court’s mid-April deadline to select cases, the attorneys asked Judge Young to schedule a hearing on March 22, to discuss the matter following Science Day, when attorneys present scientific and medical information about IVC filters to the court. Judge Young scheduled trials to begin after September 15 to after February 2017. (In Re: Cook Medical, Inc., IVC Filters Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation – MDL 2570)
“Asking the court’s assistance to resolve this issue will help the parties to maintain the deadline the court has set in this litigation,” says the IVC filter attorneys at Wright & Schulte LLC, who are investigating Cook Medical IVC Filter Lawsuit claims from those who have been injured by the devices. If you believe you have suffered serious injury from IVC filters contact the firm and speak with an attorney by calling 1-800-399-0795 or visit www.yourlegalhelp.com for more information and to fill out a contact form.
Cook Medical’s retrievable IVC filters are small cage-like devices designed to capture blood clots and stop them from reaching the lungs and causing a pulmonary embolism, which can cause death. The filters are implanted in the inferior vena cava, a major vessel that returns blood from the lower half of the body to the heart. IVC filters have been closely watched by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which has received 921 adverse events reports about the devices since 2005. The majority of the reports involved the filters moving away from their original implant position and into other parts of the body.
Cook Medical’s Celect IVC filters and Günther Tulip IVC filters have been the subject of several studies due to their tendency to migrate, tilt and perforate the vena cava, heart and lungs. For instance, one study found the Celect IVC filter had a 43 percent rate of puncturing the vena cava compared to Rex Medical’s Option IVC filter, which had a 0 percent perforation rate. Another study indicated that all Cook Celect and Günther Tulip IVC filters showed some degree of vena cava perforation after just 71 days of implantation. In 86 percent of the cases, there was full perforation of at least one component all the way through the IVC wall.
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The federal litigation for Cook Medical’s IVC filters was established in October 2014 when the cases were consolidated in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana. The IVC filter lawsuits commonly allege the Celect and Günther Tulip IVC filters are defectively designed because they fracture, migrate, tilt, and perforate the vena cava, heart and lungs, and cause serious and sometimes fatal injuries to patients, particularly when the filters fail to trap blood clots.
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