Cook Medical’s Celect IVC filters and Günther Tulip IVC filters may cause injuries to patients due to the fracturing, tilting and migrating of the devices. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that retrievable Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters, like Cook Medical’s devices, have the potential to fail if they remain in patients longer than necessary. Studies of Cook Medical’s IVC filters have concluded that the devices are prone to tilt and perforate the vena cava and cause complications in patients implanted with the device. IVC Filter Lawsuits have been filed on behalf of patients who allege that Cook Medical failed to adequately warn about the risks associated with its Celect IVC filters and Günther Tulip IVC filters.
Wright & Schulte LLC is investigating IVC Filter lawsuits involving the failure of Cook Medical’s Celect IVC filters and Günther Tulip IVC filters. If you or a loved one have sustained injuries that could be linked to Cook Medical’s IVC filters, it is important for you to retain a knowledgeable Cook Medical IVC attorney. You may be eligible to file a IVC Filter Lawsuit if you have been injured by the device. To learn more about the legal options available to you or to file a IVC Filter Lawsuit, contact Wright & Schulte by filling out our online form or calling 1-800-399-0795. The injuries associated with the filters include:
- Perforation of the vena cava
- Pulmonary embolism
- Filter fracturing
- Migration of the filter to the heart or lungs
- Tilting of the filter
The Cook IVC Filters attorneys at Wright & Schulte are currently offering free Cook IVC Filter lawsuit consultations to those who believe that they may have sustained injuries from the medical devices. To learn more, please contact the Cook Medical IVC Lawsuit Attorneys at Wright & Schulte today.
FDA And IVC Filters
Retrievable IVC filters are small, “spider-like” devices that are implanted in the inferior vena (a major vessel returning blood from the lower half of the body to the heart) to trap blood clots and stop them from traveling to the lungs and causing a pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in the lungs), which can be fatal. IVC filters are implanted in patients at risk of a pulmonary embolism who cannot take blood thinners or have previously taken blood thinners that did not work for them.
The FDA reports that IVC filters have been on the U.S. market for over 30 years and the use of IVC filters is expected to increase. However, the FDA has received 921 adverse events reports about IVC filters since 2005. The agency says 328 reports involved the filters migrating, 146 involved the components detaching, 70 involved perforation, and 56 involved filter fracture.[fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/ucm221676.htm, August 9, 2010] [fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/ucm396377.htm, May 6, 2014]
Cook Medical IVC Studies
Studies indicate that Cook Medical’s IVC filters are prone to perforate and tilt. For instance, a study published in the Journal of Vascular Interventional Radiology in June 2015 found that Cook Medical’s Celect IVC filter had a 43 percent rate of vena cava perforation than Rex Medical’s Option IVC filter, which had a 0 percent perforation rate. The study was conducted over a 33-month period and examined 99 Celect and 86 Option filters. [ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25791334, Journal of Vascular Interventional Radiology, June 2015]
A study published in April 2012 also showed Cook’s Celect and Günther Tulip IVC filters were prone to perforate. Researchers reviewed medical records of patients who underwent IVC filter implants between July 2007 and May 2009. The 50 IVC filters examined showed some degree of vena caval perforation within 71 days after the patients received the implant, according to the study published in Cardiovascular Interventional Radiology. Additionally, 40 percent of the Cook’s filters tilted and all tilted filters had perforated the patients’ vena caval wall.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21448771, April 2012]
Cook Celect And Günther Tulip IVC Filters Lawsuits
Court documents indicate that a multidistrict litigation (MDL) was established in October 2014 for Cook’s Celect and Günther Tulip IVC filter lawsuits in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana. Court records show that more than 130 IVC filter complaints are pending that allege Cook Medical’s IVC filters have defects in the design and cause injuries to patients due to the devices fracturing, migrating, tilting or perforating the inferior vena cava.
(In Re: Cook Medical, Inc., IVC Filters Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation – MDL 2570)
More Information About Filing A Cook Medical IVC Lawsuit Or Other IVC Filters Lawsuit
You may be eligible to file a Cook Medical IVC Filter Lawsuit if you have been injured by the devices. To learn more about the legal options available to you or to file a IVC Filter Lawsuit, contact Wright & Schulte by filling out our online form or calling 1-800-399-0795.
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