Cook Blood Clot Filter Lawsuit LawyersCook Blood Clot Filter Lawsuits have been filed across the country by several hundred people, many of whom are represented by Matthews & Associates Law Firm. Attorney David Matthews is at at the forefront of this litigation as a member of the plaintiffs’ steering committee in the Cook Medical multi district litigation.
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Contact Matthews & Associates for a free legal consultation if you or someone you love has been injured by a Cook Blood Clot Filter, often a Günther Tulip or a Celect IVC filter.
The Bloomington, Indiana-based Cook Medical, Inc., faces people who allege Cook’s blood-clot filters have broken apart, migrated or perforated the inferior vena cava, the blood vessel in which they are implanted. The inferior vena cava brings blood from the lower body back to the heart. The filter is supposed to keep blood clots from reaching the heart or lungs.
Begun in 2012, the Cook litigation has been consolidated in federal court in Indianapolis.
High Failure Rate
One study showed that 100% of Cook blood clot filters implanted and left in place for 2 ½ months or longer caused damage to some patients’ organs and required medical procedures to have the filters removed.
Attorney David Matthews says he believes there may be tens of thousands of people walking around with a perforated vena cava, creating a potentially huge public health risk across the U.S. Many people have no symptoms after their blood-clot filter perforates the vena cava, tilts, and fails to remain where it was meant to stay.
200,000 Filters Implanted Yearly
Some 200,000 blood-clot filters are implanted each year to prevent pulmonary embolisms. Such an event can be fatal; it occurs when a blood clot moves into the lungs. The market for IVC Filters is expected to reach $435 million in 2016, according to a 2014 analysis by research firm Axis Research Mind.
Big 3 IVC Filter Makers
Cook is one of the top three blood clot filter makers in the industry. The others are C.R. Bard Inc., and the Cordis subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, both based in New Jersey.
Cook believes, and has indicated, that problems with its blood-clot filters are very rare. Even when filters break or fail, the company says it is not at fault because the patients’ doctors are educated consumers who chose Cook’s implant products; in legal terms, this is known as the learned intermediary defense.
In response to the lawsuits filed against Cook, its attorneys have issued a denial of responsibility or (at least) legal liability, and then pointed the finger of blame elsewhere.
Cook: Products misused, Others responsible
Cook has responded to lawsuits against it by stating, in part: “A cause of any physical harm sustained by Plaintiffs was misuse of any medical device or product for which Cook Defendants are responsible. (Plaintiffs’) damages or losses, if any, were caused or contributed to by the fault of other products, persons, firms, corporations or entities over whom Cook Defendants had and have no control.”
FDA: Medical Device Recalls Doubled
A 2014 analysis by the FDA declared that recalls for medical devices nearly doubled from 2003 to 2012.
In 2011, the FDA reported that the number of patients seriously injured because of a medical device had increased four-fold. From 2001 to 2009, the number grew eight (8) percent faster than yearly medical device sales.
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If you or someone you love was injured by a Cook Blood Clot Filter, contact our law firm for a free legal consultation regarding a potential Cook Blood Clot Filter Lawsuit. Matthews & Associates Law Firm has filed several Cook Blood Clot Filter lawsuits and would be honored to speak with you regarding a potential case.