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Cook Celect IVC Filter Class Action

Our lawyers are now accepting potential lawsuits on behalf of people who were injured by the Cook Celect Inferior Vena Cava Filter. This device, which is used to protect against blood clots in patients who are unable to take anticoagulants, has been linked to complications including filter fracture, device migration, embolization and unsuccessful retrieval. 
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has had an IVC filter implanted, you should contact our law firm immediately. Our lawyers are evaluating every individual case regardless of whether you have been injured or not. So, if you have received an IVC filter implant, we would like to speak with you. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.

Update: Cook IVC Filter Lawsuit Filed in California

September 1, 2016 – A California woman who allegedly suffered heart and kidney damage after being implanted with a Cook Celect IVC filter has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer. Plaintiff Joan Wiseman claims her injuries were caused by a fractured strut from the filter that punctured the right ventricle of her heart. Wiseman is suing Cook Medical Inc., Cook Inc. and Cook Group Inc. for failing to warn of the potential health risks associated with their IVC filters.

How Do Vena Cava Filters Work?

Cook Medical introduced its Celect IVC Filter in 2008. It was approved via the Food & Drug Administration’s controversial 510(k) clearance loophole, which allows devices to enter the market so long as they are “substantially equivalent” to existing devices. The Cook Celect is an improved version of the Gunther Tulip, which was approved in 1992.

What’s the Problem?

The Celect is a retrievable filter designed to be implanted in the inferior vena cava to stop blood clots before they reach the lungs and become life-threatening pulmonary embolisms (PE). Retrievable filters are only intended for short-term placement. After a period of three to four months, the risk of complications increases greatly. If the device fractures or migrates after being implanted, it may be difficult or impossible to remove. Vena cava filters may also perforate internal organs or cause potentially fatal heart problems.

Cook Celect IVC Filter Studies

In 2009, a small study was performed on 115 patients who were implanted with a Cook Celect IVC Filter. In a number of patients, doctors were unable to extract the device because the hooks got stuck in the lining of the vena cava. The study’s authors warned, “Failed retrieval secondary to hook endothelialisation continues to be an issue with this filter.”

The Cook Celect IVC filter was associated with an increased strut perforation rate compared to the Rex Medical Option IVC filter in a June 2015 study titled A Comparison of Retrievability: Cook Celect versus Option Filter. The researchers determined that while retrieval rates for the Celect and Option filters were not significantly different, the Cook IVC filter had a 43% increased rate of strut perforation. Click here to learn more.

Multidistrict Litigation

On October 15, 2014, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) ruled that all federal lawsuits involving Cook IVC filters will be centralized in the Southern District of Indiana before District Judge Richard L. Young. All of the complaints involve similar allegations that manufacturing defects with Cook vena cava filters make the devices likely to fracture, migrate and puncture internal organs. Click here to learn more.

About Cook Celect IVC Filter Class Action Lawsuits

Although we are a nationally recognized class action firm, the Products Liability Litigation Group at our law firm has decided against the filing of a Cook Celect IVC Filter Class Action Suit, and is currently filing individual claims on behalf of individuals and/or their family members who suffered serious injuries after receiving a Cook Celect IVC Filter.

A class action is a type of lawsuit filed with the court on behalf of large group of people or “class” of individuals that have been injured or wronged. The class is represented by the law firm and the case is generally decided upon a single member of the class who is sometimes referred to as the “class representative or class rep.

Why Our Law Firm Is Filing Individual Lawsuits Opposed To a Class Action

In some instances, a class action may offer some advantages, as they aggregate a large number of individualized claims into one representational lawsuit. The aggregation can increase the efficiency of the legal process, lower the costs of litigation and in some cases offer the solution to a common problem wherein small recoveries do not provide the incentive for any individual or law firm to file an individual lawsuit.

However, a class action suit can also be a detriment to many class members, as they are often forced into a blanket “low ball settlement” and higher attorney fees. At Schmidt & Clark, LLP we understand that our clients are suffering emotionally and economically due to loss of wages and/or high medical bills and we plan to maximize each client’s recovery by filing individual Cook Celect IVC Filter Lawsuits on their behalf.

Do I Have a Cook Celect IVC Filter Lawsuit?

The Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Cook Celect IVC Filter Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new IVC Filter injury cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has had an IVC filter implanted, you should contact our law firm immediately. Our lawyers are evaluating every individual case regardless of whether you have been injured or not. So, if you have received an IVC filter implant, we would like to speak with you. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.

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