An Indianapolis recently jury sent a strong message to Cook Medical that putting profits above patient safety will not be tolerated. In early February of this year, this jury awarded Tonya Brand three million dollars for injuries suffered when a broken wire piece of a Cook Celect IVC filter migrated and broke the skin of her right thigh. Another broken piece of this defective Cook IVC filter remains lodged against her spine, because it cannot be safely removed. At trial, the evidence showed that Cook knew about design problems with this filter before it went on the market, but failed to do anything to address those problems.
Several companies have manufactured these defective IVC blood clot filters, which were supposed to help patients who are unable to take blood-thinning medications to lower their risk of developing pulmonary embolisms (blood clots in the lung). Sadly, the defective design of these blood clot filters causes serious injuries by tilting, or fracturing and migrating to other organs and areas of the body. Several scientific studies have confirmed the dangers of these dangerous IVC blood clot filters. In fact, as early as 2010, scientific research and a large number of reported problems resulted in an FDA safety communication warning about the dangers of IVC filters.
The recent jury verdict holding Cook responsible for its defective product is the first successful case in the Cook MDL (Multi-District Litigation), where over 10,000 IVC filter lawsuits have been filed and are pending. Although Cook has announced that it will appeal the jury’s decision in an effort to avoid its responsibility, the message delivered by the jury speaks volumes. Ms. Brand’s attorneys have expressed confidence that the jury’s verdict will be upheld on appeal.
Responsibility for individuals injured by defective IVC filters rests with the manufacturers that made and negligently promoted them: Cook, Bard, Cordis and others. The serious injuries suffered include vein punctures, damage to organs, and wrongful death. Thousands of individuals have come forward to file IVC filter lawsuits, seeking the justice they deserve. Our experienced IVC filter lawyers will pursue justice for individuals who have been harmed by these dangerous IVC blood clot filters. If you or a loved one has suffered injury or complications after the implantation of an IVC filter, the attorneys at the Yost Law Group will investigate your potential claim and lawsuit. For a free consultation, please call us at 1-800-YOSTLAW.