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A Texas woman has filed a lawsuit against Cook Medical relating to its Celect Vena Cava Filter. The lawsuit claims Cook Medical was negligent for selling a defective medical device. In addition, the lawsuit states that Cook Medical failed to warn patients about the serious risks associated with the IVC filter.

Case Joins More Than 650 Other Lawsuits

The woman’s case is certainly not the only one Cook Medical is facing. There are currently more than 650 similar cases that are part of a multi-district litigation all being overseen by a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.

On Jan. 8, 2010, the woman received a temporary Celect Vena Cava Filter. The surgery was done in Austin, Texas, at the St. David Medical Center. The retrievable IVC filter, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, is supposed to be removed from the patient within 29 to 54 days after it is implanted. The longer the IVC filter is in a patient’s body, the higher risk he or she will have for complications. It is not known if the plaintiff suffered serious injury from the IVC filter.

Study Shows Risk of Vena Cava Perforation Increases After 71 Days

One study followed 272 patients with IVC filters between July 2007 and May 2009. Fifty of those IVC filters were assessed through an abdominal CT scan. Twenty-seven, or 54 percent, of the IVC filters were Celect. All 50 patients suffered at least one perforation of the vena cava after 71 days.

Have You Been Affected by the Cook Celect IVC Filter?

There are other multi-jurisdictional lawsuits around the country that have been filed against Cook Medical because of the Celect IVC Filter. There are also lawsuits filed against Gunther Tulip for their IVC filter.

If you or a loved one have been affected by the Celect IVC Filter, you may be entitled to seek compensation from Cook Medical and possibly other parties. An attorney in your area who is experienced in IVC filter lawsuits and other multi-jurisdictional lawsuits can provide additional information on how to proceed and what your legal options entail.