Indiana based Cook Medical is one of two companies in the country that has been producing retrievable IVC filters. IVC filters are net-shaped devices typically designed to be capable of capturing blood clots before reaching a patient’s lungs. Cook’s Günther Tulip filter, first on the market in 2000, was rapidly used by physicians and surgeons who were treating patients with an elevated chance of developing a pulmonary embolism. By 2007, Cook Medical introduced their Celect model that also appeared attractive to the medical community.
FDA Received Serious Complaints Over IVC Filter Failures
However, as more of these devices became implanted, the number of complaints to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rose. These were serious complaints, as the devices were so faulty that they not only broke up in patients’ circulatory systems, they also caused serious damage as they got swept around the body. Serious injuries and fatalities were the outcome, competing heavily with blood clot development as a cause of death.
Increased Change of Deep Vein Thrombosis
It’s not often that a new medical device is more dangerous than no medical device, except in the case of Cook Medical’s IVC filters. It was found by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that patients who had an IVC filter implanted increased their chances of deep vein thrombosis substantially. Despite the fact that IVC filters have been used in a variety of forms since the 1960s, it is only fairly recently that evidence has shown that their drawbacks far outweigh any benefits. This is not the sort of thing you want to hear about a treatment option that has been widespread for more than 50 years.
Dr. Mitchell Katz, a JAMA editor and practicing physician, sees quite clearly how harmful these filters are to the American public. He now no longer recommends them to patients, and he is prepared to discuss their known shortcomings publicly.
IVC Filter Injury Lawsuits Filed
Patients who have had Cook Medical IVC implants haven’t held back as this new information comes to light. So far, approximately 200 injured victims of the filters are currently filing lawsuits seeking reimbursement for their injuries as a result of the IVC implants.
Broken IVC Filter Damages Lara Adams’ Vital Organs
In 2009, Lara Adams received a Cook Celect IVC filter. It only took 3 days before Lara was back on her feet with all chest x-rays showing normal healthy activity. A few months later at a follow-up appointment it was discovered that the filter had moved slightly from its original position, however, her physician thought it would still do the job it was supposed to do.
After two years had passed, Adams started to experience severe pain. At first, it was thought to be a kidney stone. After a CT scan was ordered, it was discovered that the IVC filter had virtually disintegrated, leaving the remaining parts to float throughout her body and become embedded in her liver and lungs with one fractured strut caught in the inferior vena cava. The vena cava is a vitally important vein where an IVC filter is typically implanted. Doctors had no option but to remove the IVC filter, however, they were unable to extract the parts that were embedded in the liver and lungs.
Adams and her family were devastated with Cook’s filter, as it was not an effective and safe treatment option for Lara’s condition. Lara’s IVC product liability lawsuit is holding Cook Medical responsible for not informing recipients of the IVC filter and their doctors of the possibility of the product breaking up into small pieces and becoming lodged in vital organs.
Cases Consolidated Into Multi-District Litigation
Lara’s lawsuit was one of the first. Since then lawsuits involving Cook’s filter have been gathered together to form multi-district litigation in the state of Indiana, which means the lawsuits will share a common federal court with the same judge.
IVC filter lawyers at The Dixon Injury Firm are currently helping IVC injury victims seek recovery through the current multi-district litigation. Give us a call today for a FREE case evaluation at 855-552-2337.
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