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IVC Filter Lawsuit: Cook Medical

The Celect and Gunther-Tulip IVC filters, both manufactured by Cook Medical, have the potential to become defective in nature, which can seriously impact the health and safety of those using them. Both of these IVC filters were developed and introduced into the stream of commerce by Cook Medical at different times, but both products were labeled by Cook Medical as having “optional retrievability,” which was a phrase intended to show that the products could be used either for a long or short duration. Claims against these devices, however, show that they are unsafe no matter how long they are used by a person. More than 20 lawsuits have been filed against Cook Medical alleging that the company manufactured IVC filters that seriously harmed and even killed patients, all requiring the experience of a seasoned Atlanta medical device lawyer.

The Role of Cook Medical

Cook Medical produces approximately 16,000 different products each year including Gunther Tulip and Celect IVC filters. These medical devices are placed during surgery into a patient's inferior vena cava, which is the largest vein in the human body and responsible for shuttling blood from the lower body to the heart. The purpose of these filters is to stop blood clots before they can travel to a person’s heart or lungs. Unfortunately, there are reports that many IVC filters manufactured by Cook Medical resulted in patients being harmed. A 2013 study compared IVC filters manufactured by Celect, Gunther Tulip, and Greenfield, which is a subdivision of Boston Scientific. This study found that there is a 49% perforation rate with Celect while only a 43% rate with Tulip and a 2% rate with Greenfield. As a result, this study revealed that IVC filters manufactured by Cook Medical had one of the highest perforation rates of all IVC filters produced. If you have been injured by any of the filters mentioned above, contact an Atlanta medica device lawyer immediately.

Warnings by the FDA

The FDA released a report in 2010 that was designed to warn medical professionals and patients who might receive IVC filters about the risks associated with these devices. This report revealed that the FDA received 921 adverse event reports about the filters. After another report in 2012 about the risk of Cook Medical IVC filters, awareness increased about the potential harm that can be caused by these devices. The Cook Gunther Tulip and Celect filters have been implanted in thousands of patients without adequate warning. In 2015, all cases against Cook Medical were consolidated into a single action in the United States District Court of Southern Indiana.

Harm Caused by Cook Medical’s IVC Filters

Some of the injuries that are associated with Cook IVC filters include:

  • Blood clots where the filter is located or elsewhere.
  • Difficulties removing the IVC filter.
  • Hemorrhages or infections.
  • The device becoming embedded into the inferior vena cava.
  • The device perforating either the inferior vena cava or a vital internal organ.
  • Movement of splinters from the device into other areas of a person’s body.
Contact a Medical Device Attorney in Atlanta Today

If you or loved one has received injuries after having a Cook IVC filter implanted, there are options that you have to pursue the compensation that you require. Medical device manufactures like Cook Medical are responsible for making sure that their devices are safe and operate correctly before releasing them into the mark. Contact our experienced medical device attorneys serving Atlanta today to discuss how our legal counsel can help you.

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