27 Jul Cook Birds Nest IVC Filter Lawsuit
Two of the IVC Filter manufactured by Cook Medical follow the “umbrella design” typical of most IVC Filters however, the Cook Birds Nest IVC Filter is a drastically different design. Our investigations have revealed that the design of the Cooks Bird Nest IVC Filter was intended to over come some of the common complications which were known to occur with Umbrella Design filters. Although it is possible that the design of the Bird Nest IVC Filter was, in some ways an improvement over the traditional IVC Filter design, it did not eliminate many of the common and dangerous complications which occur with all IVC Filter designs and brands.
What does a Cook Birds Nest IVC Filter Look Like?
From the picture above you can see that the Cook Birds Nest IVC Filter actually does resemble a birds nest. Instead of using Struts or Legs designed in a umbrella shape (see image to the right) to catch blood clots, the Birds Nest Design of a crumpled strand of wire seems to be intended to create more contact points with the Inferior Vena Cava. One of the common problems with traditional Umbrella Design IVC Filter is “IVC Filter Fracture”. IVC Filter Fracture occurs when one of the struts or legs of the “umbrella” breaks off and moves to other parts of the body often causing injury or death.
The Birds Nest IVC Filter design did not utilize struts so there are o struts to fracture however, the structure, which looks like a large X going through the center of the Birds Nest IVC Filter can still be subject to fracturing. It appears that this part of the Birds Nest IVC Filter was intended to maintain the structure of the filter while creating four contact points that actually penetrate the Inferior Vena Cava to help hold the IVC filter in place.
Birds Nest Design did not Prevent Complications
Despite any efforts on the part of manufacturer to create a safer IVC Filter, less prone to malfunctions and complications, the Bird Nest IVC Filter has been linked to many of the same complications almost all IVC Filter designs experience.
IVC Filter Class Action Lawsuit
The Cook Medical IVC Filter Multidistrict Litigation is in some ways like a Class Action Lawsuit however, there are important differences. In an IVC Filter Class Action Lawsuit, all plaintiffs claims would be heard as one claim. In a Multidistrict Litigation only common facts relevant to all plaintiffs claims are heard by a single court however, each Plaintiffs individual claim remains eligible to be settled based on the injuries and damages suffered by that individual.
If you or a loved one were implanted with an IVC Filter, please contact our office today for free information regarding filing an IVC Filter Claim.