An IVC filter is a medical device that your surgeon implants directly into your inferior vena cava. This implanted filter can reduce pulmonary embolism risks as well as treat deep vein thrombosis. The cage-like device traps blood clots before they can travel throughout your body to vital organs, causing damage. Unfortunately, major complications can occur when these retrievable devices are left within patients for too long. As a result, many injured patients are pursuing active IVC filter litigation.
IVC Filter Litigation Tried in Indiana
In October 2014, the JPML ordered all IVC filter cases against Cook Medical, Inc. centralized under a single MDL. The Southern District of Indiana MDL consolidates hundreds of IVC filter litigation cases nationwide. The claims primarily focus on two specific models: the Cook Gunther Tulip and Celect IVC filters. The presiding judge selected a few IVC filter litigation cases for bellwether trials. These bellwether trials help pave the way for future case proceedings.
Other IVC Filter Lawsuits Underway
Cook Medical, Inc., isn’t the only manufacturer going to court due to their IVC filter devices. C.R. Bard also faces several lawsuits from individuals allegedly harmed due to migration, fragmentation and perforation injuries. The cases filed against C.R. Bard are currently handled on a case-by-case basis rather than rolling them into the IVC filter litigation MDL going forward in Indiana.
Do You Have a Claim?
IVC filter attorneys are accepting claims for migration, device component fragmentation, perforation as well as filter fracture injuries. Have you experienced any side effects while implanted with a retrievable IVC filter? If so, you may be eligible to join an IVC filter lawsuit. Want to see if you may qualify for a free, no-obligation consultation with an attorney in your area? Fill out your free IVC filter claim evaluation form today. An experienced attorney will call to discuss your case and compensation options.
Jared Heath is the author of The Sound in the Silence. In his role as an SEO content and digital marketing strategist, Jared was directly responsible for managing DrugJustice.com's editorial calendar and published articles on this website from 2015 to 2016. He is now pursuing a new career as a chiropractor.