Cook IVC Filter Lawsuit results in $3M Trial Verdict. An Indiana jury recently awarded Tonya Brand $3 million in damages in the latest Cook IVC Filter bellwether trial in Indianapolis.
According to the jury, the design of the Cook Celect IVC Filter was defective and caused severe internal injuries to Brand. The jury did not award punitive damages against Cook Medical, Inc.
Over 5,000 Cook IVC filter lawsuits filed
There are more than 5,000 cases filed against Cook Medical, Inc. with similar allegations, claiming that Cook’s blood clot filters were defectively designed and dangerous.
According to Brand, she pulled a part of her Cook IVC filter out of her thigh in 2011 after it broke up and disintegrated. Other broken pieces of the device are lodged in multiple areas and cannot to be removed.
The Brand jury verdict came in the third bellwether trial in the Cook IVC MDL after two previous cases selected for trial resulted in wins for Cook.
In November 2017, in the first Cook IVC filter bellwether case resulted in a defense verdict, and Cook was granted summary judgment in a second bellwether trial. A Texas jury in May 2018 awarded $1.2 million in damages to a Houston firefighter who had a Cook filter perforate his aorta.
Cook Celect IVC Filter is not retrievable
Cook promoted its Celect IVC filter as retrievable, but the metal filters often tilt and pierce the inferior vena cava, or fracture with pieces breaking off, migrating and puncturing the intestines, aorta and other vital organs.
Usually, the broken metal shards are impacted in critical organs, making it impossible to remove without major surgery.
What is an IVC Filter?
An inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is a small metallic device inserted into the inferior vena cava, the largest vein in the body. These devices, are designed to prevent leg blood clots from traveling to the lungs and causing a pulmonary embolism which can be deadly.
Long term IVC filter risks include lower limb deep vein thrombosis, filter fracture, filter migration, filter embolization, and IVC perforation.
FDA recommends IVC Filter removal
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends removing the filter between one to two months after the filter is implanted unless the risk of pulmonary embolism is still present.
Cook knew about its IVC Filter high perforation rate
According to lawsuit allegations, Cook knew that its Celect IVC filter had perforation problems before it was cleared by the FDA, and yet pushed it to the market anyway. Another example of putting profits over safety.
Medical studies reported that the Celect IVC filter had a perforation rate of greater than 79 percent, while the Cook-sponsored study showed a zero percent perforation rate.
Lawsuit allegations note that Cook Celect, Cook Gunther Tulip or other inferior vena cava filters were defectively designed and migrated out of position, puncturing internal organs, fracturing or causing other deadly health side effects.
Over 9,000 IVC Filter Claims Filed
Hundreds of thousands of IVC filters have been implanted in patients over the past twenty years.
There are now over 9,000 IVC filter lawsuits pending against Cook Medical, Johnson & Johnson, C.R. Bard, Cordis Corporation, B. Braun, Rex Medical, and other manufacturers in state and federal courts.
IVC Filter Injury Lawsuits
If you think you may have a Bard Recovery, G2, Cook Celect, Gunther Tulip, Cordis Optease, Trapease IVC Filter implanted and have suffered IVC filter failure or injuries by embedment, migration or embolization requiring emergency care or invasive surgery, please call Dr. Shezad Malik Law Firm at 888-210-9693. Dr. Shezad Malik Law Firm is based in Dallas, Texas and is investigating and accepting IVC Filter Injury cases nationwide.
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Shezad Malik is an Internal Medicine and Cardiology specialist, a Texas Medical Doctor (retired) and Defective Medical Device and Dangerous Drug Attorney. Dr. Shezad Malik Law Firm has offices based in Fort Worth and Dallas and represents people who have suffered catastrophic and serious personal injuries including wrongful death, caused by the negligence or recklessness of others.