Texas IVC filter patient files lawsuit against Cook Medical over complications following surgery

by Eric Pearson

A Texas woman has filed a product liability lawsuit against Cook Medical after suffering complications from an IVC filter manufactured by the company. Catherine Maxwell was implanted with a Cook Celect IVC filter in January 2010 at St. David Medical Center in Austin, Texas before later suffering injuries caused by the device.

Intra vena cava filters—or IVC filters—are a type of medical device used to prevent complications caused by blood clots in patients who cannot take blood thinners. These devices are implanted in the inferior vena cava, a blood vessel that carries blood from the lower body. After surgery, these filters help to lower a patient’s risk of blood clots that can travel to the heart, lungs, or brain.

Maxwell’s lawsuit against Cook Medical accuses the company of manufacturing a defective medical device and failing to properly warn doctors and patients about the risk of complications linked to those devices. After the first IVC filters were placed on the market in the early 2000s, the FDA warned about a risk of serious complications linked to these products, including vein perforation.

Maxwell’s lawsuit has been consolidated as part of a multi-district litigation against Cook Medical in the Southern District of Indiana. More than 650 similar lawsuits against the medical device company involving the Cook Celect and Gunther Tulip IVC filters have also been consolidated as part of the Indiana MDL.

Another medical device manufacturer, C.R. Bard, is also facing hundreds of lawsuits filed by patients who suffered complications from one of the company’s IVC filters. These lawsuits have been consolidated as part of a separate MDL in the U.S. District Court for Arizona.

Patients who have been injured as a result of complications caused by an IVC filter sold by Cook Medical, C.R. Bard, or other medical device companies may be eligible to file a lawsuit. The first step in taking legal action is to speak with an experienced medical device litigation attorney to learn more about your legal rights.

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