A man who was implanted with a defective Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) blood clot filter has filed a lawsuit against Cook Medical, joining a consolidated litigation involving around 2,350 lawsuits nationwide.
Studies published as early as 2007 warned that the Celect IVC Filter has dangerously-designed wire legs that frequently puncture the patient's vein within less than 2 months — and sometimes within days.
Cook Medical is facing over 1,750 lawsuits from people who say the company downplayed safety risks of blood clot filters, such as filter fracture and vein perforations in the first few months of implantation.
The FDA recommends removing IVC filters within 29 and 54 days, ideally. Recent studies show that 39% of Celect® filters puncture the vein within 30 days, often into nearby organs. This can make the filter impossible to remove and result...
Thousands of people have been injured by "short-term" IVC filters that caused severe side effects. Studies show nearly all Celect® IVC filters puncture through the vein within a few months of being implanted.
With around 1,500 lawsuits now filed, a recent study of the Cook Celect® IVC filter blamed its "unprotected" needle-like metal legs for an extremely high risk of vein perforations in the first 90 days.