First IVC Filter Lawsuit Trial Claims Cook Celect Filter Caused Injuries After Perforating A Woman’s Inferior Vena Cava


Cook IVC Filter Lawsuit Filings Allege Cook Medical’s Blood Clot Filters Have Defects That Cause Fracturing, Puncturing The Lungs, Heart, And Inferior Vena Cava And Migrating.

ivc-filter-lawsuit-attorney-class-action-lawsuits-4The first IVC filter lawsuit against Cook Medical began October 23 in the District of Southern Indiana. Opening statements were made in a case involving a woman who sustained injuries after the Cook’s Celect Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filter perforated through her inferior vena cava and into her duodenum. This IVC filter lawsuit is among 2,800 other lawsuits filed against Cook Medical over its Celect and Günther Tulip blood clot filters. Plaintiffs contend Cook Medical’s IVC filters cause serious complications due to tilting, breaking, puncturing the heart and lungs, and migrating from their original position. (In Re: Cook Medical, Inc., IVC Filters Marketing, Sales Practices And Product Liability Litigation – IVC Filter Lawsuit MDL No. 2570)

“We intend to monitor this bellwether trial closely to see how jurors respond to the evidence presented during trial,” says Dr. François Blaudeau, founder of Southern Med Law.

Southern Med Law attorneys are currently evaluating legal claims on behalf of patients who experienced IVC filter side effects, including perforation of the heart, lung, and vena cava and death. If you believe you have been injured by IVC filters, contact Southern Med Law for a free legal evaluation by calling (205) 547-5525 or visit for more information on this and other defective medical devices and to fill out a contact form.

The trial involves a Florida woman who was implanted in November 2010 with the retrievable Cook Celect IVC filter. According to the woman’s complaint, an unsuccessful attempt to remove the filter was made in March 2011. Afterward, the woman began to develop severe gastrointestinal symptoms, fatigue, diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain, the lawsuit said. It was determined that the woman had developed inflammatory changes affecting the bowel, but the cause of the problem was unknown. Because of the complications, the woman underwent an endoscopy procedure where it was determined that the IVC filter implanted nearly three years earlier had perforated through her inferior vena cava and into her duodenum, the lawsuit states. The woman had the filter removed at another hospital. (Cook Medical Lawsuit Case No. 1:14-cv-6016; In Re: Cook Medical, Inc., IVC Filters Marketing, Sales Practices And Product Liability Litigation – IVC Filter Lawsuit MDL No. 2570)

Retrievable Inferior Vena Cava filters are small, cage-like devices implanted in the vena cava, a major vein that returns blood from the lower half of the body to the heart. The filters catch blood clots that travel from the lower part of the body to the heart and lungs to prevent them causing a pulmonary embolism. The devices are implanted in patients who cannot take anticoagulants and those who found blood thinners ineffective.

The U.S. Food and Drug and Administration (FDA) has received hundreds of adverse event reports over IVC filters since 2005. The reports included device migration, filter fracture, perforation of the IVC filter, difficulty removing the device, and embolization, which is movement of the entire filter or fracture fragments to the heart or lungs. These types of events may be related to how long the filter has been implanted, according to the FDA. In May 2014, the FDA recommended removing IVC filters within 29 to 54 days or as soon as the threat of pulmonary embolism subsides.

About Southern Med Law And Filing An IVC Filter Lawsuit

Southern Med Law is led by Dr. François Blaudeau, an attorney and a practicing obstetrician/ gynecologist that is determined to stop the large manufacturers of personal health products and medical devices from injuring more women. The legal staff at Southern Med Law is an experienced group of attorneys who possess a deep understanding of the complex medical and legal questions at issue in all manner of product liability and personal injury claims. They are not afraid to take on the nation’s largest corporations in their pursuit of justice, and are committed to ensuring that all victims have access to the type of aggressive legal advocacy that assures success.

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