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Cook Medical faces product liability suit for Celect IVC Filter

Washington, D.C., residents have the right to expect that the household products they purchase are safe. How much worse, then, when the dangerous or defective product in question is a medical device supposed to help prevent harm? In another state, a man has recently filed a product liability case alleging just that after he was injured following the surgical implantation of a Celect® Retrievable Inferior Vena Cava Filter.

An IVC Filter is surgically implanted into patients' veins to prevent blood clots from traveling to the lungs. In this case, the plaintiff had the Celect® IVC Filter temporarily installed, with the intention for later retrieval. The Celect was a newer model of IVC filter, designed to improve upon previous devices which tended to tilt and make removal impossible.

The manufacturing company Cook Medical attempted to address the tilting issue by adding four needle-like legs to their updated Celect model. These new legs, called struts, were intended to prevent tilting by anchoring the filter in the vein. Instead, however, the four new struts drastically increased the risk of vein perforation. Two different studies showed that anywhere from 43 to 86 percent of patients suffered punctured veins, many with the first two months.

Even before the publication of these studies, however, researchers had warned of the dangerous design presented by the struts, citing their known association with penetration injuries. Cook Medical has been charged with both selling a medical device with defects in design and for negligence in failing to warn of dangerous side effects. Residents of Washington, D.C., who have suffered serious injuries due to medical devices may wish to seek the counsel of a knowledgeable attorney with experience in both medical malpractice and product liability suits, who may be able to offer valuable insight into such matters.

Source: dailyhornet.com, "Texas Man Files Celect?? IVC Filter Lawsuit", June 7, 2017

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