As U.S. IVC Filter Lawsuits Mount, Canadians File Class Actions Over Alleged Cook Medical Blood Clot Filter Injuries, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reports

March 03, 2016 (PRLEAP.COM) Business News
March 3, 2016 - Two IVC filters lawsuits ( have been filed in Canada that seek damages on behalf of patients who allegedly sustained serious injuries from blood clot filters manufactured by Cook Medical, Inc. According to a report broadcast on CTV News on February 23rd, the two class actions claim that patients were not properly warned of the serious risks associated with the company's inferior vena cava (IVC) filters, including their potential to fracture and migrate to other parts of the body. Both lawsuits seek millions of dollars in damages on behalf of Canadian patients implanted with the filters.

"The filing of these Canadian cases come as hundreds of U.S. plaintiffs pursue their own IVC filter lawsuits against Cook Medical, as well as C.R. Bard, Inc. The allegations put forth in the U.S. lawsuits echo many of the claims contained in the Canadian complaints," says Sandy A. Liebhard LLP, a partner at Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm is currently evaluating IVC filter lawsuits on behalf of individuals who may have been seriously injured by these devices.

U.S. IVC Filter Litigation
Court documents indicate that more than 250 Cook IVC filter lawsuits involving the company's Celect and Gunther Tulip blood clot filters have been centralized in a multidistrict litigation now underway in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana. An additional 84 cases involving C.R. Bard's Recovery and G2 IVC filter are pending in a second multidistrict litigation located in the U.S. District Court, District of Arizona. (Cook Medical, Inc., IVC Filters Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation MDL 2570; In Re: Bard IVC Filters Products Liability Litigation MDL No. 2641)

IVC filters are implanted in the inferior vena cava in order to intercept blood clots before they can travel to the lungs and become a pulmonary embolism. The devices at the center of the Canadian class actions, as well as the litigations underway in the U.S., involve retrievable devices that are intended to be removed once a patient is no longer at risk for pulmonary embolism. However, a study that appeared in JAMA: Internal Medicine in April 2013 suggested that successful IVC retrieval occurred in less than 10% of patients.

In 2010, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) disclosed that retrievable IVC filters had been associated with more than 900 adverse events, including incidents of migration, fracture and embolization, and perforation of the inferior vena cava. In 2014, the agency issued a new advisory to remind doctors that retrievable IVC filters should be removed within 29 to 54 days of their implantation.

Individuals who allegedly experienced serious complications related to a Cook Medical or Bard IVC filter may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. To learn more about filing an IVC filter lawsuit, please visit Bernstein Liebhard LLP's website. Free, no-obligation legal consultations can also be obtained by calling 800-511-5092

About Bernstein Liebhard LLP
Bernstein Liebhard LLP is a New York-based law firm exclusively representing injured persons in complex individual and class action lawsuits nationwide since 1993. As a national law firm, Bernstein Liebhard LLP possesses all of the legal and financial resources required to successfully challenge billion dollar pharmaceutical and medical device companies. As a result, our attorneys and legal staff have been able to recover more than $3.5 billion on behalf of our clients. The Firm was named by The National Law Journal to the Plaintiffs' Hot List, recognizing the top plaintiffs firms in the country, for 12 consecutive years. Bernstein Liebhard LLP is the only firm in the country to be named to this prestigious list for a dozen consecutive years.

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