By Christina Morales, Editor-in-Chief
Periscope News Group
July 10, 2018
On May 25 in Houston, 35 year-old firefighter Jeffrey Pavlock was awarded $1.2 million in his case against Cook, Inc., the manufacturers of his faulty IVC filter. Pavlock suffered blood vessel and organ perforations when his filter migrated and then embedded itself in a blood vessel. Subsequent surgeries to remove the faulty device have been unsuccessful thereby putting Pavlock at risk for increased blood clots and further medical complications, including death. Unfortunately, Pavlock was never warned about the possibility of these life-threatening problems before he had an IVC filter implant.
Pavlock had surgery in 2015 and upon the recommendation of his surgeon, he had a Cook Celect IVC filter inserted into his vein to prevent a pulmonary embolism (PE) which could be caused by deep vein thrombosis (DVT). An IVC filter is a cage-like device that prevents blood clots from reaching the patient’s heart and lungs which can cause serious complications or even death. IVC filters are placed in the inferior vena cava vein – the largest vein in the body – and are usually temporary and are removed shortly after surgery. The problem is that many times these filters move around causing damage to surrounding tissues or organs or embed into tissue causing potentially fatal outcomes. In Pavlock’s case, his device perforated his aorta and small intestine and then became lodged in a blood vessel making it irremovable. For the rest of Pavlock’s life, he’ll need to be closely monitored to ensure that these barbs don’t cause further damage or risk.
Pavlock is just one of over 8,000 cases that are being consolidated in federal courts. Plaintiffs are filing cases against Cook, Inc. and C.R. Bard because patients and doctors were not told of the high failure rates involving these medical devices. They were not properly warned of the potential problems including migration, organ perforation, vein punctures, and an increased risk of blood clots.
If you or a loved one suffered from an IVC filter injury, call Periscope Group today. You weren’t told of the dangers involved with this medical device and you shouldn’t have to live with the complications and fear that this product has caused. Furthermore, you may have high medical bills associated with this device or perhaps you lost income because you couldn’t go back to work due to a broken IVC filter. You deserve financial compensation for these hardships, and we may be able to help you. However, the next trial is set for September 2018 and after these cases are settled, it may be too late to make a claim. Call us today!