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Cook IVC Filter Lawsuit Status

More than 100 lawsuits have been filed against Bloomington, Indiana-based Cook Medical alleging that its IVC filters have fractured, migrated from the deployed position and perforated patients’ heart, lungs or vena cava.

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.

What’s the problem?

The influx of Cook IVC filter lawsuits, which began in 2012, has been consolidated in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Indianapolis. Company officials are worried the huge number of complaints could hamper innovation; however, Dallas attorney Ben Martin, who is heading the litigation against Cook, views the situation differently.

The high rate of Cook filter complications — one study put it at 100% when the devices were implanted for 2-1/2 months or more — has caused damage to patients’ organs and required removal in many cases, according to Martin. Other patients have no symptoms after their IVC filter migrates from the implant site.

“There are probably tens of thousands of people that are walking around with a perforated vena cava and have absolutely no idea,” Martin said. “You’ve got a massive public health risk in the United States.”

Martin expects more lawsuits to be added to the Cook MDL. About 200,000 IVC filters are implanted each year to prevent pulmonary embolism — a life-threatening event that occurs when a blood clot becomes trapped in the lungs. The IVC filter market is expected to reach $435 million by 2016, according to an analysis by Axis Research Mind.

The Cost of Medical Device Litigation

For Cook and other medical device makers, the price of handling product liability litigation is becoming increasingly astronomical.

A 2012 analysis by McKinsey & Co. found that “non-routine” quality issues — recalls, warning letters, warranties and lawsuits — cost manufacturers 1 to 2% of their annual revenue.

If that number is accurate for Cook, which generates about $2 billion in sales each year, it means the company spends over $20 million annually on non-routine quality concerns.

What’s more, the frequency of these problems is growing. Last year, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) reported that medical device recalls nearly doubled between 2003 and 2012.

In 2011, FDA announced that the number of patients injured because of a medical device had nearly quadrupled from 2001 to 2009 — each year growing 8% faster than sales of medical devices.

Do I Have a Cook 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 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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