The lawsuit was filed by Tiffany D. K., a woman from Pennsylvania who was injured by the Günther Tulip® Inferior Vena Cava Filter (“IVC Filter”) manufactured by Cook Medical LLC and William Cook Europe ApS.
The IVC Filter was implanted on August 15, 2008 by Dr. Paul V. O’Moore at Abington Memorial Hospital in Abington, Pennsylvania for the purpose of preventing a Venous Thromboembolism (VTE).
In 2013, the plaintiff asked what she needed to do to care for her IVC Filter. Her doctor told her she did not need follow-up medical care.
On February 2, 2018, she underwent a radiological imaging scan at Holy Redeemer Hospital and Medical Center due to abdominal pain. That was when doctors discovered that a strut from the IVC Filter had fractured and the filter was chronically embedded in her spine.
She is now at risk for future migrations and perforations from the broken IVC Filter fragment in her body. She will require ongoing medical care and monitoring for the rest of her life.
Cook Medical is accused of negligence for selling a defective medical device and failing to warn about safety risks.
The lawsuit was filed on June 15, 2018 in the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania — Case No. 2018-15588.
Cook Medical is now facing over 4,300 other IVC filter lawsuits that have already been filed 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 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.