The lawsuit was filed by Cassandra B., a woman from Ohio who was injured by the Günther Tulip® Inferior Vena Cava Filter (“IVC Filter”) manufactured by Cook Medical Inc. and William Cook Europe ApS.
The IVC Filter was surgically implanted in her vein for the purpose of preventing a pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lungs) on October 15, 2007 at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio by Dr. Syed Zamir.
Lawyers accuse Cook Medical of selling a defective medical device, failing to warn patients about unreasonably dangerous safety risks, and inadequately studying the Günther Tulip® IVC Filter for safety.
Numerous studies of the Günther Tulip IVC Filter have demonstrated severe risks, such as fracture and embolization of broken components in the patient’s bloodstream.
In another recent study of 120 patients who were implanted with the Günther Tulip IVC Filter, 69 patients (43%) were injured when the filter punctured their vein. The researchers concluded:
Greenfield filters had a significantly lower rate of IVC perforation than Celect and Tulip filters. Higher IVC perforation rates were observed in women and patients with a history of malignancy.”
The lawsuit was filed on October 12, 2017 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana (Indianapolis Division) — Case No.1:17-cv-03656-JMS-MJD.
It will be centralized with over 4,000 other IVC filter lawsuits now pending in Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2570) — In Re: Cook Medical, Inc., IVC Filters Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation.
The plaintiff is represented by Ben C. Martin and Thomas Wm. Arbon of The Law Offices of Ben C. Martin.
Ben C. Martin is a trial attorney based in Dallas, Texas who serves as the plaintiffs’ co-lead counsel in the Cook IVC Filter MDL.