The lawsuit was filed by Regina B., a woman from Phenix City, Alabama who was injured by the Celect® Vena Cava Filter (“IVC Filter”) manufactured by Cook Medical LLC and William Cook Europe ApS.
The IVC Filter was surgically implanted in her vein to catch blood clots on March 22, 2017 at St. Francis Hospital in Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia. The Celect® filter was a retrievable filter.
On July 7, 2017, a CT scan of her abdomen indicated that multiple struts of the Celect® IVC Filter had punctured through her vein, with one strut approaching her right gonadal vein and another strut extending into her retroperitoneum.
She is at risk for further penetrations of the filter’s struts, as well as fractures and migrations. There is also the potential for the struts to damage other organs. She faces numerous health risks, including the risk of death, and will require medical care 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 also filed against Dr. Juan Ayerdi and River City Vascular Specialists, LLC.
The lawsuit was filed on February 26, 2019 in the State Court of Muscogee County in the State of Georgia — Case No. SC19CV209.
In addition to the state court litigation, Cook Medical is also facing over 5,000 federal IVC Filter lawsuits 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.