If you’ve been in a serious accident or undergone invasive surgery, the likelihood increases of you developing a blood clot in your lower extremities that migrates to the heart or lungs. While doctors usually prescribe blood thinners to decrease the chance of a blood clot, these medications cannot be prescribed to certain patients. A patient who has recently experienced a serious accident or surgery cannot take blood thinners to prevent blood clots because of an increased risk of uncontrollable bleeding. In cases like these, inferior vena cava filters (IVC filters) are the best and safest way to prevent blood clots from reaching the lungs and forming pulmonary embolisms.

Cook IVC Filters

Cook Medical manufactures several retrievable IVC Filters, the Günther Tulip, which has been on the market since 1992, and the Celect, which was approved by the FDA in 2008. Despite having an IVC Filter on the market for over twenty years, the dangerous risks and complications of IVC Filters are just now coming to light.

Risks and complications of Cook Celect IVC Filters can include:

  • Perforation
  • Fracture
  • Embolisms
  • Migration
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Organ Damage
  • Chest Pain

The Celect IVC Filter from Cook has a much higher risk of hooks from the device perforating the wall of the vena cava compared to other IVC Filters. Hooks embedded in the vein, or hook endothelialisation, makes retrieval of the filter impossible. This is particularly dangerous because failure to remove the device greatly increases the patient’s chances of experiencing complications including pieces breaking off from the device and moving to other parts of the body.

Cook IVC Filter Lawyers

In October 2014, claims concerning Cook Celect IVC Filters from 11 different federal venues were consolidated into multidistrict litigation. Over 250 lawsuits are now pending in the Southern District of Indiana. If you or someone you love suffered complications or death from a Cook Celect IVC Filter, you may be unsure about what to do next, but you should know that you are not alone. The defective medical device attorneys at Raizner Slania have extensive experience investigation legal claims related to IVC Filters and we can review your potential claim. Contact an IVC filter lawyer at Raizner Slania today for a free and confidential consultation about your concerns.

Sources:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25791334
http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/ucm221676.htm