Cook Medical faces lawsuit over complications following surgery with IVC blood clot filter

by Charles Miller

A Louisiana man who suffered complications from an inferior vena cava filter (IVC filter) manufactured by Cook Medical has filed a lawsuit against the company. Deandre Hayes filed an IVC filter lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana alleging that he was injured as a result of the defective design of the Cook filter with which he was implanted.

Hayes underwent surgery to receive an IVC filter manufactured by Cook in June 2013. He alleges that shortly after the surgery, the device failed. Doctors determined that the filter would have to be removed. Hayes underwent surgery to remove the defective filter. However, during the surgery, doctors were unable to remove the device from his body.

In March 2015, Hayes was informed by doctors that the Cook IVC filter would have to remain permanently in his body because it would be too difficult to remove the device surgically. Hayes says that since receiving this news, he has been in and out of the hospital to treat chest pain as well as anxiety caused by the IVC filter remaining in his body.

Researchers have found that patients who are implanted with a Cook Celect or Cook Gunther Tulip IVC filter to prevent blood clots may be at risk of suffering complications caused by these devices, including perforation of the vena cava wall and device migration. Patients who experience complications from an IVC filter may be at risk of suffering serious and potentially fatal complications, including hemorrhaging, stroke, or pulmonary embolism.

Because of the risk of complications associated with IVC filters, the FDA has recommended that patients should have retrievable IVC filters removed in order to prevent complications.  However, researchers have found that in only 10% of cases is it possible to remove IVC filters once they have been implanted. The FDA says that it has received about 900 reports of complications linked to IVC filters, including several cases that resulted in the death of the patient.

IVC Filter Lawsuits Filed Against Medical Device Manufacturers

Patients who have been implanted with an IVC filter manufactured by Cook Medical, C.R. Bard, or other medical device companies may be eligible to file a lawsuit over injuries caused by complications from these devices. The first step in taking legal action is to speak with a law firm whose attorneys have experience with litigation involving product liability claims and defective medical devices to handle your case from start to finish.

For a free legal consultation about your case and to find out more about whether you may be eligible to file a lawsuit, contact the law office of Heygood, Orr & Pearson by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001. You can also reach us by following the link to our free case evaluation form and answering a few simple questions about your case to get started.


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by Charles Miller

Charles Miller is a licensed attorney and a partner at Heygood, Orr & Pearson. Charles focuses his practice on areas of complex commercial litigation and personal injury litigation.