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Cook Gunther Tulip IVC Filter Class Action

Inferior vena cava filters like Cook Medical’s Gunther Tulip System have been linked to over 1,000 injury reports submitted to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). This is problematic because many complications caused by IVC filters are severe, and may be life-threatening if not treated. 

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: Tennessee Man Sues Cook Medical Over IVC Filter Complications

June 20, 2016 – A man from Tennessee who was allegedly injured after receiving a Cook Günther Tulip IVC filter has filed a lawsuit seeking compensation for his injuries. Plaintiff Robert Douglas Debord accuses Cook Medical of negligence for selling a defective medical device, failure to warn about potential complications, and breaching both implied and express warranties. The complaint has been entered in the Cook IVC Filter multidistrict litigation (MDL No. 2570) under case number 1:16-cv-01518-SEB-MJD.

Vena Cava Filter Complications

From 2005 to 2010, FDA received at least 921 adverse event reports linked to IVC filters like the Cook Gunther Tulip, including:

  • 328 cases involving IVC filter migration
  • 146 cases of embolization after detachment of filter components
  • 70 cases of filter perforation
  • 56 cases of filter fracture leading to migration complications
  • 4% of cases involved the death of the patient

FDA recommends that retrievable vena cava filters be removed immediately after the blood clot threat has passed. A number of studies have detailed the high rates of failure linked to IVC filters and the significant risks when the devices are left implanted for too long.

Gunther Tulip Approved Via FDA’s 510(k) Clearance Loophole

In 2003, FDA approved the Cook Gunther Tulip IVC filter for permanent and temporary placement, which was marketed as advantageous for patients in need of close management and control over thromboembolic disease. Then in 2008, Cook introduced the Celect vena cava filter, which was designed to catch and prevent blood clots from traveling to the lungs following trauma, surgery or other adverse health conditions. The device was intended to be a design improvement to allow for easier retrievability, but the Celect IVC filter has also been the subject of many injury reports to the Food & Drug Administration.

Cook IVC Filter 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 Gunther Tulip 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 Gunther Tulip 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 Gunther Tulip 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 Gunther Tulip IVC Filter Lawsuits on their behalf.

Do I Have a Cook Gunther Tulip 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 Gunther Tulip IVC Filter Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death 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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