The plaintiff, Vickie J., is a resident of Mississippi who was implanted with the B. Braun Vena Tech® filter in January 2009.
When she underwent a venogram in September 2015, doctors discovered that the Vena Tech filter was surrounded by blood clots and had been crushed.
Vena Tech is a permanent, cone-shaped filter that is implanted in the inferior vena cava (IVC), where it catches blood clots and prevents pulmonary embolisms.
Lawyers claim the filter is defective because it is “unable to withstand the normal anatomical and physiological loading cycles exerted in vivo.”
B. Braun is accused of concealing known risks, failing to warn about side effects, and continuing to market the filter as safe and effective despite a lack of studies proving its long-term or short-term safety.
The plaintiff is seeking compensation for her injury and ongoing medical care. According to the lawsuit:
Plaintiff is at risk for future migrations and perforations from the retained filter. She faces numerous health risks, including the risk of death.”
The lawsuit was filed in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas — Case No. 16-0802546.
The plaintiff is represented by Ben C. Martin of the Law Offices of Ben C. Martin in Dallas, Texas.