The lawsuit was filed by Jerome H., a man from Virginia who was injured by the Günther Tulip® Inferior Vena Cava Filter (“IVC Filter”) manufactured by Cook Medical and William Cook Europe ApS.
The IVC Filter was implanted in his inferior vena cava by Dr. Kelly R. Gardner at Sunrise Hospital Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 14, 2016.
The purpose of the filter was to prevent blot clot complications, such as a venous thromboembolism (VTE) or pulmonary embolism.
IVC Filters are cage-like wire devices that are supposed to catch blood clots in the bloodstream as they pass through the inferior vena cava. This prevents the blood clot from hitting the lungs.
Unfortunately, IVC Filters themselves have serious risks — especially when they are left implanted for more than a few months. The Günther Tulip® IVC Filter was associated with a 43% risk of vein perforations in a recent study.
Other studies of the Günther Tulip® IVC Filter have investigated the risk of fracture — a complication that occurs when the needle-like wire legs break off and travel in the bloodstream until they puncture the heart.
In one recent case report, this complication caused an irregular heart rhythm disorder called cardiac tamponade.
Cook Medical is accused of downplaying these side effects and selling a defective medical device.
The lawsuit was filed on August 29, 2017 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana (Indianapolis Division) — Case No. 1:17-cv-02977-TWP-MJD.
It will be centralized with approximately 2,500 other IVC filter lawsuits that are currently 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.