Cook Medical lost in a civil case filed against the company alleging that the Cook Celect IVC Filter caused serious injuries to a Texas firefighter. The man had been treated with a temporary IVC filter in 2015 to prevent blood clots from reaching his heart and lungs. The plan was to remove the filter about a month and a half later. However, surgeons were unable to retrieve it, and the device ended up causing damage to the man’s heart and intestines. He required emergency medical intervention after the injury. The jury decided that Cook Medical had failed to warn doctors about the dangers that the IVC devices can pose. There are currently thousands of similar IVC filter lawsuits pending across the country.
What are IVC Filters?
Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are small, metal, cage-like devices, which are used to treat patients who are prone to develop blood clots. The device works by catching the blood clots in the veins before they reach major organs like the heart or lungs. Most of the time, the filters are used in patients who have been unable to tolerate blood thinning medications that are usually prescribed to treat blood clots. Many IVC filters are designed to be temporary and are supposed to be removed from the body after a short period of time. However, a growing number of these filters have been found to cause serious complications such as organ perforation, severe pain, heart attacks, internal bleeding, pulmonary embolism, and even death.
Why are IVC Filters Dangerous?
IVC filters can break apart inside the body, and the broken pieces of the filter can travel in the blood stream puncturing major arteries and organs along the way. Reports also indicate that the devices have a tendency to come loose and migrate throughout the body causing serious complications and damage to major organs such as the heart and lungs. When an IVC filter fails, the resulting damage can be severe and even life threatening. Patients who suffer the consequences of a faulty IVC filter often require emergency surgery for their injuries.
Contact an Experienced IVC Filter Lawyer Today!
If you have suffered a serious injury after being treated with an IVC filter, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. We work with experienced IVC filter lawyers across the country who are handling these cases. There is no legal fee unless you receive an award or settlement. Call our toll free number at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online for a free (no obligation) case evaluation.