Issues with retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filters have caused serious health concerns for thousands of Americans, leading to numerous lawsuits against manufacturers. These pending IVC filter lawsuits allege that defects in the tiny implantable metal filters allow them to fracture or simply migrate through the body. These fractures or migrations have led to complications such as:
- Perforation of veins
- Embolism in the heart or lungs
- Deep vein thrombosis (embolism in the leg)
- Blood around the heart
- Disruption in heart function due to excess fluid around the heart
- An accelerated heart rate
- Puncturing of the vena cava
- The need for emergency surgery, including open heart surgery
- Death, in the most serious cases
At Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer Co., L.P.A., we provide free case evaluations for those in the Toledo area. We can discuss your situation, and determine if you are eligible for compensation based on adverse effects due to an IVC filter implant. We have the resources and skills necessary to represent you against the IVC manufacturer who produced your defective IVC filter and caused your or your loved one’s injuries. Call us today at 419-843-6663 to speak with a knowledgeable Toledo IVC filter lawsuit attorney.
Status of Lawsuits Against Cook Medical
The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated the cases filed against Cook Medical in October of 2014. Presiding over MDL 2570 is Judge Richard L. Young and Magistrate Judge Tim A. Baker of the Southern District of Indiana.
This multidistrict litigation (MDL) contains several hundreds of pending product liability claims alleging Cook Medical’s IVC filters caused serious health complications. The MDL combined the discovery process for all these claims. In 2016, the court selected three of the claims in the MDL as bellwether cases.
Note: A bellwether case is essentially a test case. The results of the bellwether case help predict how the rest of the cases will turn out.
According to the case management order the Southern District of Indiana filed, the first two cases include Hill v. Cook Medical, Inc., et al. and Gage v. Cook Medical, Inc., et al. Both trials are on the court’s docket for October 2017. The court has scheduled a third bellwether case for Spring 2018.
Status of Lawsuits Against C.R. Bard
The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation also consolidated hundreds of lawsuits pending against filter manufacturer C.R. Bard. MDL 2641 is currently in pretrial proceedings in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, with Judge David G. Campbell presiding. The discovery process is ongoing.
In the coming months, Judge Campbell will narrow down the list to select a group of six bellwether cases. While the judicial panel consolidated these cases almost a year after the panel recommended an MDL for the Cook Medical cases, both MDLs are proceeding on a similar timetable. Bellwether trials in MDL 2641 may be on the docket as soon as Fall 2017.
How can I hold a manufacturer liable for ill effects from a defective IVC filter in Toledo?
The number of claims against IVC filter manufacturers is increasing almost daily, as more people see news of the lawsuits and reach out to skilled IVC filter lawsuit attorneys. Do not let the opportunity to hold any of the manufacturers liable pass you by. If you suffered complications in Toledo due to a retrievable IVC filter, the team at Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer Co., L.P.A. wants to hear from you.
Our knowledgeable IVC filter lawyers are working closely with other attorneys involved in the IVC filter MDL. We can ensure proper protection of your rights if you suffered ill effects from one of these filters. Call us today at 419-843-6663 to schedule a time to discuss your concerns with a Toledo IVC filter lawsuit attorney at Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer Co., L.P.A. The consultation is free.