Hurt by a Cook IVC Filter?
Columbia Injury Lawyers Represent Victims of Defective Medical Devices
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that as of 2010, it had received almost 1,000 complaints from patients about inferior vena cava (IVC) filters. In 2013, manufacturer Cook Medical first began facing legal claims that its IVC filters were harming patients. Since then, over 500 Cook IVC filter lawsuits have been filed against the medical device company.
IVC filters are used to treat people who experience blood clots to prevent the clots from reaching the heat or lungs. Also known as blood-clot filters, IVC filters are cage-like devices that are implanted in a person’s blood vessels to catch blood clots before they reach major organs. Over 200,000 IVC filters are implanted in patients nationwide each year. Axis Research Mind reports that the average annual revenue from IVC filter sales is $435 million.
Are Cook IVC Filters Hurting People?
The issue with Cook Medical’s IVC filters is that the devices break apart, move inside of blood vessels or cut through blood vessels. This can lead to severe pain, dangerous infections and may require multiple surgeries to recover and remove the broken IVC filter. In one particularly severe case, a Cook IVC filter was implanted in a 50-year-old woman’s thigh, where it then broke and part of the filter lodged in her spine. She had to have five surgeries to remove all the pieces of the broken filter.
Cook Medical is one of Indiana’s largest companies. It has around 12,000 employees worldwide and annual sales approaching $2 billion. However, Cook Medical has been facing a string of defective medical device issues over the last few years. Since 2014, the company has had to issue five recalls involving its medical devices. One of the recalls involved over 4 million catheters, which were breaking and splitting at the tip, resulting in patients undergoing surgeries to have the tips removed from their bodies.
How Do Cook IVC Filter Lawsuits Work?
Cook IVC filter lawsuits from throughout the country have been combined in a US District Court in Indianapolis as a multi-district litigation (MDL). MDLs are where cases filed in courts nationwide are consolidated in a single district for the pre-trial period. In this pre-trial period, one judge oversees preliminary issues including discovery (the exchange of evidence), issues of liability and more. Once these issues have been resolved, the individual cases in MDLs are sent back to their original courtrooms. At that point, the plaintiffs and their attorneys can choose to pursue a trial in their home state or negotiate a settlement agreement.
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Proffitt & Cox, LLP is dedicated to helping injury victims and their families throughout South Carolina. Speak with us for more information about the Cook IVC filter lawsuits and options for victims. Give us a call or submit the case review form on this page to set up a free consultation with our Columbia injury lawyers today.