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Cook IVC Filters Fracture, Pierce Patients Internally

As the industry shines a spotlight on the problems related to IVC filters, more evidence is coming to light that these medical devices are not as safe as they should be. The filters designed by Cook Group Inc. are the latest target of scrutiny. Their IVC filter, the Cook Celect, has been known to migrate, break apart and pierce patients internally. Though the device does its job – catching blood clots that break away from the arterial wall – they also present huge health risks to those who have them implanted. A 2012 study found that 40 percent of participants experienced their filter moving away from its original position, where it had been placed to capture blood clots from the leg.

The reality is that these filters are not intended to be long term solutions to blood clotting issues. In fact, experts recommend that the filter is removed between 29 and 54 days after insertion, or as soon as the danger of pulmonary embolism has passed. Far too many patients keep their IVC filters in for much longer. And who could blame them? A 2013 study found that less than 10 percent of filters are removed successfully, with eight percent of patients experiencing pulmonary embolism in spite of the device.

Health advocates have sought recalls and bans of IVC filters, but there has been no movement in the industry so far. Meanwhile, dozens of people have filed lawsuits against IVC filter manufacturers, hoping to hold them responsible for the pain and suffering their device has caused.

IVC Filter Injury Lawsuits – Get Help Now

The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC are currently investigating cases related to IVC filter complications that lead to serious injury or the death of a loved one. If you would like to setup a free consultation with our office to discuss your situation, contact us at 877-544-5323.