Six lawsuits have been filed in St. Clare County Circuit Court in Illinois against Cook Medical claiming its filter devices designed to prevent blood clots from reaching the heart and lungs are defective and can cause serious, life threatening injuries and death.
The lawsuits were filed by Matt Byrd of Illinois, Laurence Denslow of Florida, Amanda Forsythe of Utah, Ollie Jefferson-Bey of Missouri, Preston Ponder of North Carolina, and Rita Van Straalen of Michigan. The plaintiffs claim Cook knew its IVC filters were dangerous but failed to warn the public.
The Cook IVC filters named in the lawsuits include the Gunther Tulip Mreye, Gunther Tulip Vena Cava filter, Cook Celect Vena Cava filter, and the Cook Celect Platinum.
IVC (inferior vena cava) filters are small cage-like devices that are implanted in the inferior vena cava, the largest vein in the body. They are designed to capture blood clots and prevent them from reaching the heart or lungs, where they can be fatal. IVC filters are used in patients who are not candidates for anticoagulant therapy, and are promoted for use in bariatric, trauma and orthopedic surgery.
The devices have been linked to serious complications including migration, fracture and perforation, leading to embolism, organ damage and death. All six plaintiffs suing Cook in St. Clair County Circuit Court claim that they suffered permanent injuries, pain and suffering, disability and impairment, emotional trauma, loss of the ability to live a normal life, lost earnings, and increased medical expenses.
The lawsuits are among hundreds of personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits filed across the country against various manufacturers of IVC filters.
Attorneys with Beasley Allen Law Firm are currently investigating cases of injury or death in patients who were treated with retrievable IVC filters.
Source: Madison County Record