Lawyers for Cook Celect, Gunther Tulip IVC Filters
The product liability lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential claims for individuals throughout the United States who have experienced problems with the Cook Celect IVC Filter or Cook Gunther Tulip IVC Filter, which may be linked to a risk of serious internal injury or life-threatening complications.
Cook Medical sold the inferior vena cava (IVC) filters for use in patients at risk of a blood clot traveling to the lungs and causing a pulmonary embolism. However, design side effects of Cook IVC filters may cause users to suffer various complications and problems, such as:
- Inferior Vena Cava Perforation
- Heart or Lung Perforation
- Hemorrhagic Pericardial Effusion or Other Hemorrhage
- Chest Pain
- Shortness of Breath
Potential Cook IVC Filter lawsuits are being reviewed by our law firm under a contingency fee agreement, which means that there are no fees or expenses unless a recovery is obtained for an injury. Request a free consultation and claim evaluation.
Cook Celect, Gunther Tulip IVC Filters
The Cook Gunther Tulip IVC Filter System is a medical device approved by the FDA in 2003. It was followed by the Cook Celect IVC Filter System , which was approved by the FDA in 2008.
The small, spider-like filters are implanted into the inferior vena cava to prevent recurrent pulmonary emboli when anticoagulant therapy is contraindicated or has failed. The IVC filters are also approved for emergency treatment following a massive pulmonary embolism, designed catch blood clots before they reach the lung.
Cook Medical obtained approval for the IVC filters under the controversial FDA 510(k) fast track approval process, which allowed them to perform only minimal testing before selling the devices for use in patients nationwide.
As a result of problems with Cook IVC filters, individuals have reported suffering severe complications including perforation injuries and filter tilt.
Cook IVC Filter Problems
According to a study published in the medical journal CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology in April 2012, the Cook Celect and Gunther Tulip filters showed some degree of IVC perforation 100% of the time after just 71 days. Full perforation occurred in 86% of observed cases. In 40% of patients, the filters tilted out of position.
When IVC filters are left in place after the risk of pulmonary embolism has passed, the legs or struts that extend out in a spider-like fashion may fracture or break. This could allow the pieces of the filter to travel through the bloodstream and get lodged in other parts of the body, usually the heart or lungs.
Symptoms of problems from a Cook Celect or Gunther Tulip filter fracture or migration may result in severe and persistent chest pain and shortness of breath. This often results in emergency medical treatment to determine whether the symptoms are a heart attack or fracture of the IVC filter.
In May 2014, the FDA issued a safety communication in response to hundreds of reports involving IVC filters breaking inside patients and causing damage to the heart, lungs and other organs. As a result, the federal regulators warned that retrievable IVC filters should be removed within about one to two months after the risk of a pulmonary embolism has passed.
IVC Filter Class Action Lawyers
Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. provides free consultations and claim evaluations for individuals to help determine if they or a loved one may be entitled to financial compensation through a Cook Celect IVC filter lawsuit or Cook Gunther Tulip IVC filter lawsuit.
Individual claims and potential class action lawsuits are being reviewed as a result of Cook Medicals apparent decision to place the desire for profits before consumer safety by introducing a defective and unreasonably dangerous IVC filter design and failing to provide adequate warnings for doctors and consumers.
Our IVC filter lawyers can help determine what legal rights may be available if you have experienced problems where a Cook IVC filter or similar product caused a puncture injury, moved out of place, tilted, fractured or broke.
There are never any out-of-pocket costs to hire our law firm and we only receive an attorney fee or any expense reimbursement if you are successful securing a recovery for a Cook IVC filter injury.