IVC Filter Injury. Under the guidance of the federal court overseeing the thousands of Cook IVC filter lawsuits, Cook Medical and plaintiffs lawyers are engaged settlement negotiations.
5,000 Cook IVC Filter Injury Claims
There are close to 5,000 personal injury and product liability cases filed against Cook Medical in the federal court system. Injured patients allege that Cook Celect, Cook Gunther Tulip inferior vena cava (IVC) filters were defectively designed and cause catastrophic injury in some cases.
The injury claims include migration, tilting of the filter, fraturing or breaking of the filter which leads to metal shards that can puncture the vein or move into vital organs including the intestines, heart and lungs.
Cook Federal MDL
The injury lawsuits have been centralized and coordinated before U.S. District Judge Young in the Southern District of Indiana as part of an MDL, or multidistrict litigation.
A small group of cases have been selected for a “bellwether” process, and early trial dates to determine the evidence and testimony in the litigation.
Cook Bellwether Verdicts
In November 2017, the first case was a defense verdict, and Cook prevailed in the second bellwether trial. In May 2018, a Texas jury awarded $1.2 million in damages, to a Houston firefighter whose Cook blood clot filter moved out of position and perforated his aorta, the largest blood vessel in the body.
Bard IVC Filter Injury cases
Cook is not the only IVC filter manufacturer under the gun. C.R. Bard is also a major manufacturer of these filters which are designed to prevent blood clots in the leg from travelling up to the heart and lungs, potentially causing death.
There are several thousand Bard Recovery and Bard G2 filter lawsuits in a separate MDL, which is centralized before U.S. District Judge Campbell in Arizona.
Bard Bellwether Verdicts
The first Bard IVC bellwether case resulted in a $3.6 million damges award, after the federal jury found that Bard recklessly disregarded the safety of consumers who received the filters.
But other bellwether trials ended in defense wins, the injured plaintiffs were unable to link their injuries to design defects with the IVC filter.
IVC Filter Injury Lawsuits
If you think you may have a Bard Recovery, G2, Cook Celect, Gunther Tulip, Cordis Optease, Trapease IVC Filter implanted and have suffered IVC filter failure or injuries by embedment, migration or embolization requiring emergency care or invasive surgery, please call Dr. Shezad Malik Law Firm at 214-390-3189. Dr. Shezad Malik Law Firm is based in Dallas, Texas and is investigating and accepting IVC Filter Injury cases nationwide.