The lawsuit was filed by Leonard W., individually and as the surviving spouse of Sandra Lou W., a woman from Missouri who was injured by the Celect Platinum® Inferior Vena Cava Filter (“IVC Filter”).
The Celect Platinum® IVC Filter is manufactured by Cook Medical LLC 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).
It was implanted on February 22, 2015 at Cox Medical Center South in Springfield, Missouri by Dr. Jooman Shim.
The failure of the IVC Filter resulted in severe injuries and the death of the plaintiff Sandra Lou W., according to the complaint.
The lawsuit accuses Cook Medical of strict products liability (failure to warn, design defect), negligence, breach of implied and express warranty, loss of consortium, wrongful death, and punitive damages.
The lawsuit was filed on February 21, 2018 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana (Indianapolis Division) — Case No. 1:18-cv-00513-WTL-MJD.
It will be centralized with over 3,600 other IVC filter lawsuits that are currently pending in a Multi-District Litigation in Indiana (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 in Dallas, Texas.
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.