Jury Awards $1.2M Over Vein Perforated By Medical Device

Law360 (May 25, 2018, 9:27 PM EDT) -- A Texas jury awarded more than $1.2 million on Thursday evening to a Houston firefighter who said his Cook Inc. vein filter perforated his tissue, finding Cook didn’t properly warn the implanting surgeon about the risks.

Jeff Pavlock was implanted with a Cook Celect inferior vena cava filter in March 2015 to block blood clots from going to his heart, but said the filter tilted within his vein and perforated his aorta and duodenum, according to his lawyers, necessitating further surgery. After a three-week trial, a jury unanimously found that Cook’s design of the filter was not negligent, but found 10-2...

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