The lawsuit was filed by Rosalie L., a woman from Tucson, Arizona who was implanted with the Option™ ELITE Retrievable Inferior Vena Cava (“IVC Filter”) manufactured by Argon Medical Devices Inc. and Rex Medical, L.P.
The IVC Filter was implanted in her vein to catch blood clots and prevent a pulmonary embolism on September 17, 2013 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona by Dr. Jennifer A. Cresswell.
On September 29, 2015, the plaintiff was informed that her Option IVC Filter had perforated the walls of her inferior vena cava.
She was also informed that the procedures required to remove her perforated IVC Filter would have a significant impact on her kidney function and that it would be more of a risk to remove the IVC Filter.
The failure of the Option IVC Filter caused the plaintiff to suffer significant injuries, including a tilted and embedded filter. According to the lawsuit:
Failure of Defendants’ IVC filter leads to a number of different, and potentially fatal, complications; including: death, hemorrhage, thrombosis, cardiac/pericardial tamponade, severe and persistent pain, and perforation of tissues, vessels, and organs.”
The lawsuit was filed on September 28, 2017 in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas — Case ID: 170903477.
There are now over 4,000 other IVC filter lawsuits currently pending in state and federal court against Rex Medical, Argon Medical, Cook Medical, C.R. Bard, B. Braun, and other manufacturers nationwide.
The plaintiff is represented by attorney Ben C. Martin of The Law Offices of Ben C. Martin in Dallas, Texas; and attorney Stephen A. Sheller of Sheller, P.C., in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.